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McCain: Nunes’s actions ‘very disturbing’

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday said House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes’s (R-Calif.) move to bypass his own committee to brief the president on information related to U.S. surveillance of his transition team was “very disturbing.”

“No, I have not seen anything like that,” McCain said on NBC’s “Today” show.

“And I am happy to say that, in the Senate Intelligence Committee, there’s a very good working relationship between Sen. [Richard] Burr [R-N.C.] and Sen. [Mark] Warner [D-Va.], and no, I have not seen anything like it and it’s very disturbing.”

{mosads}Nunes on Wednesday said he had learned from a source that the U.S. intelligence community incidentally collected information on members of Trump’s transition team and then “widely disseminated” the information internally.

The news blindsided Democrats on the committee, as well as many Republicans.

At the end of the day on Wednesday, Nunes was still the only committee member to have seen the intelligence in question, according to the committee’s top Democrat.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called Nunes’s actions “an act of diversion and desperation.”

“Chairman Nunes is deeply compromised, and he cannot possibly lead an honest investigation,” Pelosi said.

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