Devin Nunes Wants to Build a Literal Wall Around His Democratic Colleagues

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He disputed Rooney's account that the committee's other work is suffering, noted the panel has recently passed bipartisan bills to renew intelligence programs. While committee Republicans have denied any knowledge of the plan, they intimated that it was conceived by Nunes.

"I swear to God I didn't know that", Rooney said.

Before Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) became chairman in 2015, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence had a reputation for bipartisanship.

"The level of trust and the level of everything down there is - it's poison", he added. A committee official confirmed the plan to separate staff, characterizing the move as bringing the panel into line with most other committees in the House where majority and minority staff use different offices.

Pelosi told CNN in January she had reviewed the Nunes memo and its basis as well as the intelligence underlying the memo, and accused Republicans of crafting a misleading document and misusing sensitive information available to them in order to undercut the ongoing special counsel investigation into potential coordination between associates of President Donald Trump and Russian Federation. "This would be a very destructive decision".

Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida offered a similar take.

A spokesman for Nunes did not immediately return a request for comment. And even Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL), who now services on House Intelligence, told CBS News, "The level of trust and the level of everything down there is - it's poison". "You could easily say the same thing about Adam on our side".

House Democrats attempted and failed to force a vote on the House floor criticizing Rep. Devin Nunes' memo on House floor Tuesday.

Democrats have accused Republicans of throwing a wrench into the process to protect President Trump and his top aides. Trump has five days from the Monday vote to decide whether to allow its release.

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