Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recently called on House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to remove Devin Nunes (R-CA) from his chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee. Schumer argues that revealing information about wiretapping of Trump Administration officials to the White House dilutes any investigation of Trump-Russia connections.
In an interview with Fox News Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, dismissed Schumer’s request as nonsense:
“I just love it when Senator Schumer gives Republicans advice on what we ought to do,” Gowdy said. “Devin is doing exactly what the chairman is [supposed] to do.”
Schumer made his request because Nunes failed to notify the rest of his committee that he would be making the trip to his “source” on the White House grounds, and that he may have had new information on the case.
“I wish Senator Schumer and some of the other Democrats would be interested in the authenticity and reliability of the underlying data [rather than] the means by which it was acquired,” Gowdy said.
“We’re not going to take advice from Chuck Schumer on who our chairman should be,” he said.
Gowdy also said that it didn’t matter if Nunes privately went to “the White House or Waffle House” in order to continue his investigation.
Gowdy also remarked that, “If we’ve gotten to the point where the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee cannot go gather information related to our surveillance programs and cannot update the Commander-in-chief on the nature of that information, we’re in a really strange place.”