Schumer condemned Nunes and the White House in a speech on the Senate floor, saying the “White House has put extraordinary, unusual and inappropriate pressure on the Department of Justice and the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.”
“A man like Devin Nunes, who, I hear privately from my Republican colleagues — they think he’s off the deep end,” he added.
Nunes has pressured the Department of Justice (DOJ) to release information about the FBI’s use of an informant who met with three of President Trump‘s campaign advisers during the 2016 campaign. He subpoenaed the department for all documents related to the FBI informant earlier this month — a request that was initially rejected due to fear that it could endanger the source and his associates.
Trump on Sunday demanded that the DOJ investigate whether the FBI surveilled his campaign. The White House on Monday reached an agreement with the DOJ that would allow the department’s inspector general to investigate conservative claims of FBI wrongdoing in the Russia probe.
“While an investigation is open and active, demands for oversight are tantamount to interference, especially when the folks demanding the information are the most biased, irresponsible actors,” Schumer said on Tuesday.
He also called out Trump’s “virtual hypocrisy,” saying the president “has been peddling the myth that a deep state bias against his presidency has animated the Russia probe.”
Schumer has publicly criticized Republican lawmakers’ attempts to uncover the identity of an FBI informant before. He said Saturday that it was “crossing a legal line.”
BY JUSTIN WISE – 05/22/18