Devin Nunes wants 'ridiculous' Democratic memo released

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The partition is expected to be constructed this spring in the committee's secure spaces, according to CBS News.

"We have heard reports that the chairman may seek to erect a "wall" to divide the staff of the intelligence committee on a partisan basis - this would be a bad mistake", Schiff said. "It's absolute poison down there", Republican Rep. Tom Rooney told CBS.

While Republicans remain coy about the specifics of the wall, Republican Mike Conaway appeared to imply that the idea for a wall originated from Devin Nunes himself, the Republican Chairman of the Committee and the author of the memo that has been sending shockwaves in Washington.

"We think it's very political how about they attack myself, they attack Chairman [Trey] Gowdy, they turn Carter Page into some super-secret Russian spy, they talk about how Christopher Steele is a really, really good source when we know that he lied to the FBI", Mr. Nunes said.

While acknowledging a wall might not be constructive for the committee's work, he said, "The level of trust and the level of everything down there is-it's poison".

"I swear to God I didn't know that", he said. But according to a new report, the California Republican's efforts to divide the committee-once renowned for its bipartisan cooperation-are far from over.

Including "the woman up front that answers the phone" over alleged leaks, Rooney told CBS.

Swalwell, who has represented a Northern California congressional district since 2013, called the decision by Nunes and the Republicans on the committee to release the memo "poisonous" to the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, adding that Democrats deserve to release their rebuttal memo in response to the GOP's.

Democrats have accused Republicans of throwing a wrench into the process to protect President Trump and his top aides. Other Republicans seem to be flat-out mortified by Nunes' shovel-ready infrastructure plan.

The California congressman helped put together the controversial memo alleging that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department abused their surveillance power to spy on former Trump campaign official Carter Page.

"We actually want the Democratic memo out".

The White House is now reviewing the Democratic countermemo, which reportedly offers evidence disputing claims in the GOP memo and will decide by the end of the week whether to block its release.



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