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Ex-CIA chief: Nunes ‘abused’ his office by releasing memo

Ex-CIA chief: Nunes ‘abused’ his office by releasing memo
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Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanEx-CIA director slams Trump: Your insecurity over Russia investigation is 'well deserved' Ex-CIA chief on new Mueller indictments: Claims of a 'hoax' are 'in tatters' Ex-CIA chief: Congress must act now to block access to semiautomatic weapons MORE on Sunday said that House Intelligence Committee Chairman 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.) “abused” his position by releasing a controversial memo accusing the Justice Department of overstepping its surveillance powers.

“That Devin Nunes and Republicans denied the ability of the minority, the Democrat members of that committee, to put out its report is just appalling. And I think it, it really underscores just how partisan Mr. Nunes has been,” Brennan told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” 

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“He has abused the office of the chairmanship of [the committee]. And I don't say that lightly. I think over the past year he has demonstrated he's engaged in these tactics purely to defend and try to make excuses," he said. 

Brennan, who led the CIA during former President Obama’s second term, said Nunes could have resorted to a hearing had he been concerned about the use of [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] warrants.

The House Intelligence Committee, on Monday, is holding a meeting to discuss the possibility of releasing a Democratic countermemo.