WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) responded Monday to a statement by House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes that he, “met with his source at the White House grounds in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source.” Chairman Nunes was referring to classified information that President Trump falsely claimed validated his unfounded assertions that he was wiretapped by President Obama.
“My fears have been validated. Through his bizarre and partisan actions over the last week, Chairman Nunes has demonstrated to the entire nation why he is unfit to lead our critical investigation into ties between President Trump’s Administration and Moscow. The Chairman’s admission this morning that he met with an unnamed ‘source’ on White House grounds ‘in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view [classified] information’ is the last straw. This implies that the Chairman and the White House colluded in a desperate attempt to salvage the President’s credibility, after the President’s bogus wiretapping claims were debunked by his own FBI Director,” Rep. Speier said. “The documents in question have yet to be shared with the full Committee, despite the fact that the Chairman held two press conferences and met with the President – a subject of the investigation – in the same day to discuss their contents. These actions are entirely unconscionable, and I therefore call for Chairman Nunes to recuse himself from the remainder of this investigation. Further, as the Chairman is full aware, ‘proximity’ to a secured location provides zero protection – none – to classified information, so we need more clarity on the carefully-chosen wording in his statement to prove that no classified information was put at risk. In order to make sense of these developments, the White House must release its visitor logs so we can learn who from the President’s staff granted the Chairman access to the White House complex, and where he viewed the documents. It is now apparent to all that an independent, non-partisan investigation is the only way that we can get to the bottom of Russian actions to undermine our democracy.”