Rep. Eric Swalwell, a member of the divided House Intelligence Committee, wants the Republican chairman, Rep.
Tensions between Republicans and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have reportedly become so hostile that GOP members of the committee are planning to build a literal wall separating the two parties' staffers.
"The problem with this whole committee and the investigation itself", House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Thomas Rooney (R-FL) told the Post, arguing "in a normal world", the committee would have interviewed permanent witnesses to their surveillance concerns. "I'm not part of that decision", Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas, who took over the committee's Russian Federation probe after Nunes was accused of running interference for the White House, told the outlet.
"I swear to God I didn't know that", he said.
Nunes has attracted significant scrutiny for his role in the Trump transition team and support for the White House as his committee investigates alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. While committee Republicans have denied any knowledge of the plan, they intimated that it was conceived by Nunes. The wall, which is expected to be built this spring, would be a physical manifestation of the increasingly partisan fights within the committee. Each side accuses the other party of leaking information, and one outside group has filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics specifically accusing Nunes of leaking information related to the dossier. "While we have more than our share of difficulties, the important oversight work of the committee continues with our staff working together irrespective of party". That divide was laid bare last week by the release of Nunes' partisan memo that purports to show the Federal Bureau of Investigation abused the FISA system to secure a warrant to extend surveillance of a President Donald Trump campaign aide.
Ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who's had is fair share of public disagreement with Nunes, called the proposal "destructive".
Democrats claim their memo will push back against central allegations of the Republicans' memo.
The toxic atmosphere within the committee has always been apparent.
Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) has also dismissed the House GOP's approach, telling reporters "I don't think there was any need for a memo to be released", according to CNN.
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