John McCain calls Devin Nunes' House Intelligence actions, meeting with Trump 'very disturbing'


Sen. John McCain has spoken out after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes met with President Trump and told press that the Trump transition team was under surveillance during the Obama administration, calling Nunes' actions "very disturbing."

When McCain appeared Wednesday night with Greta Van Susteren on MSNBC's "For The Record," and Thursday morning on NBC's "TODAY Show," the Republican senator stated that a special committee was now needed to investigate the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, because Chairman Nunes and the House Intelligence Committee had lost "the credibility to handle this alone."

"It's a bizarre situation," the Senate Armed Services Chairman said to Van Susteren on Wednesday night. "I think that this back and forth and what the American people have found so far is that no longer does Congress have the credibility to handle this alone."

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There was visible disagreement between the House Intelligence Committee chairs -- Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) -- at their public hearing on Tuesday, when they heard testimony from both FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rodgers regarding investigations into ties between Trump camp and Russia.

On Thursday morning, Matt Lauer asked Sen. McCain if he could explain "any reason" why Chairman Nunes acted in the way he did by first going to the press and then holding a meeting with the president, instead of working internally with colleagues.

McCain replied to this, saying he had not seen anything like it.

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"I'm happy to say that in the Senate Intelligence Committee there's a very good relationship with Sen. Burr and Sen. Warner," McCain said, speaking of the Senate co-committee chairs. "I have not seen anything like it, and it's very disturbing."

Schiff himself spoke out against Nunes' comments to the press, and questioned the chairman's intentions.

"The chairman will need to decide whether he is the chairman of an independent investigation into conduct which includes allegations of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians, or he is going to act as a surrogate of the White House, because he cannot do both," Schiff said.

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