Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on Sunday said he thinks the rollout of the intelligence community's report on Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential race appears to be a political move.
"The Democrats are blowing this up because they're trying to change the narrative of what happened in this election. I am not happy that this report — which we were briefed on, just the Gang of Eight, briefed on Friday morning — yet many news media outlets already had the information that was briefed to the Gang of Eight," Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on "Fox News Sunday," referring to top representatives and senators.
"So this looks like a political rollout of a narrative just a couple weeks before Trump's inauguration, and it bothers me."
When asked if he thought it was a political rollout done by the intelligence community or the Democrats who were briefed on the report, Nunes pointed to the Obama administration.
"How else do you define it?" he asked.
"How does the news media have this information before it's briefed to the Gang of Eight?"
The intelligence community said in a declassified report released Friday afternoon that Putin ordered a widespread influence campaign intended to help elect President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE to the White House.
It said Russia's goals were to "undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary [Hillary] Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency."