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 NunesFive key takeaways from the Russian indictments Shepard Smith: New Mueller indictments prove Russia probe is 'opposite of a hoax' Schiff: 'We're very close to reaching an agreement' with FBI on countermemo MORE (R-Calif.) should be off the panel "yesterday."

"Yesterday, yes," Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellAmerica’s new 9/11 Why America needs the Journalist Protection Act Overnight Cybersecurity: Pence says intel community concluded Russia didn't impact 2016 outcome | Dems propose B in election security grants | FTC nominees promise focus on data breaches 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 PelosiLawmakers feel pressure on guns Former Pelosi challenger: I have no 'interest in running for leadership again' Congress punts fight over Dreamers to March MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats now attack internet rules they once embraced Schumer: Trump budget would ‘cripple’ gun background checks Schumer: Senate Republicans' silence 'deafening' on guns, Russia 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 RyanRepublicans are avoiding gun talks as election looms The Hill's 12:30 Report Flake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan 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.