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 BrennanNew book: Putin tried to reinforce Trump’s belief in a ‘deep state’ undermining him Retired admiral resigned from Pentagon advisory committee after writing open letter to Trump Rand Paul ramps up his alliance with Trump MORE on Sunday said that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesRussia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Nunes: Russia probe documents should be released before election Gowdy: House Intel panel should release all transcripts from Russia probe 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.