Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina in remarks on the House floor said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes should recuse himself from the panel investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
From The Hill:
Jones, a member of the House Armed Services Committee who frequently bucks leadership, is the first Republican in Congress to call on Nunes to step aside.
“How can you be chairman of a major committee and do all these things behind the scenes and keep your credibility? You can’t keep your credibility,” Jones said just off the House floor.
“If anything has shown that we need a commission, this has done it by the way he has acted. That’s the only way you can bring integrity to the process. The integrity of the committee looking into this has been tainted.”
When told of Paul Ryan’s decision to stand behind Nunes, Jones pulled no punches:
“I don’t care what Mr. Ryan says. That’s his right to feel that way. I know how the people out here feel,” Jones said. “When you have a committee chairman that bypasses the committee and goes to the White House, when you have a president that has a cloud over their head, that’s not smart.
“What Mr. Nunes has done is make it more political. Not less political, but more political.”
This is only one. It will be interesting to see if anybody else follows suit.