House Intel Dem: Nunes should be off panel 'yesterday'
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A Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Thursday that committee chairman Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesRussia raises problems for GOP candidates GOP lawmaker regrets appearing on Alex Jones's radio show Freedom Caucus lawmakers call on DOJ to probe Rosenstein allegations MORE (R-Calif.) should be off the panel "yesterday."

"Yesterday, yes," Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellFormer top Dem: Not every candidate should run on impeaching Trump Hoping to catch fire, House Dems eye White House Bookmaker increases chances of Trump being impeached after Putin summit MORE (D-Calif.) responded when asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer if Nunes should be forced off the panel.

Swalwell joined House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiWho will be the ‘bridge’ for the Democrats? Wife of Papadopoulos interviews with House Intel Dems House backs resolution expressing support for ICE MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats slam Trump for considering Putin’s ’absurd’ request to question Americans Judge Kavanaugh confounds the left This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation MORE (D-N.Y.) in calling for Nunes to be removed from the Intelligence post over his push to release a memo alleging surveillance abuses at the Department of Justice.

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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWhy the rush to condemn a carbon tax? House votes to go to conference on farm bill House backs resolution expressing support for ICE MORE (R-Wis.) on Thursday pushed back against calls for him to remove Nunes from the panel, saying that the memo is not "an indictment on our institutions" and "does not impugn" the top investigator on the Russia probe. 

Swalwell has claimed that Nunes has been disruptive of the investigation into Russia's election meddling, as GOP congressmen have hailed the memo as evidence that the FBI acted on political bias against Trump in that investigation. 

"The Democrats don’t trust the Republicans anymore that they will do the right thing, and the leader is Nunes. Only Speaker Ryan can remove him, and, again, as we sit here today, Speaker Ryan is endorsing everything that Nunes and the White House are doing," Swalwell said.