Schiff Calls On House Intel Chair To Recuse Himself From Russia Probe; Nunes Refuses

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Update: Nunes has refused to step down from the Russia probe, The Hill reports. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee told reporters Monday evening he will not step down from the committee's investigation into Russia's interference in the United States presidential election, despite a chorus of Democratic lawmakers demanding he recuse himself. 

"Everything is politics here," Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said, as reported by a journalist from Voice of America.

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Following similar calls by his ideological peers, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff demanded on Monday evening that Committee Chair, Devin Nunes, should recuse himself from "any further involvement" into President Trump’s campaign ties with Russia.

"After much consideration I believe Chairman should recuse himself from involvement in investigation/oversight of Trump campaign & transition,” Schiff tweeted on Monday evening, as Nunes was giving an interview to CNN about his visit to the White House grounds to view classified material last week.

“This is not a recommendation I make lightly, as the chairman and I have worked together well for several years,” Schiff said in a statement and added that “I take this step with he knowledge of the solemn responsibility we have not he Intelligence committee to provide oversight on all intelligence matters, not just to conduct the investigation.... There was no legitimate justification for bringing that information to the White House instead of the committee. That it was also obtained at the White House makes this departure all the more concerning. In the interests of a fair and impartial investigation whose results will be respected by the public, the Chairman's recusal is more than warranted."

Schiff's call for Nunes to recuse himself follows that of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who on Monday said Speaker Paul Ryan should replace Nunes in order for the Russia probe to be “credible.”

“Chairman Nunes is falling down on the job and seems to be more interested in protecting the president than in seeking the truth,” Schumer said on the Senate floor Monday. “If Speaker Ryan wants the House to have a credible investigation, he needs to replace Chairman Nunes.”

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), who also sits on the House Intelligence Committee, reiterated the call for Nunes to recuse himself, along side fellow California Democrat Eric Swalwell. Swalwell, the ranking member of an intelligence subcommittee, said, “Chairman Nunes should no longer be anywhere near this investigation, let alone leading it. 

"For the sake of our duty to independently find the truth, and for the sake of his ability to chair the committee in its other important duties, he should recuse himself from our committee's Russia investigation.”

At the same time as Schiff made his statement, Nunes spoke to CNN on Monday evening after the previously discussed revelation that the republican had visited White House grounds the day prior last week's stunning announcement that members of Trump's campaign had been "accidentally" surveiled, to view confidential documents that allegedly prove potential surveillance of Trump team members. Nunes said that he was sure the West Wing was unaware of his visit to White House grounds to view said documents.. 

Some have speculated that the White House was the source of the intelligence viewed by Nunes. He would not give details to CNN Monday evening, but maintained that he had to view the documents on White House grounds, as they could not be brought to the Capitol complex.

Nunes on Monday denied that there was anything untoward in his Tuesday visit to the White House, pushing back on reports that the venture took place at night and calling the visit “pretty common.”

“At least once a week, if not more than that, we have to go to the executive branch in order to read classified intelligence,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.  “The sun was out,” he said. “If I really wanted to I could have snuck onto the grounds late at night, but I wasn’t trying to hide.”

Nunes said he was “quite certain that no one in the West Wing knew I was there.”

But Democrats have accused Nunes of acting as an agent of the White House and say he can no longer lead a credible investigation.

Perhaps the only silver lining to come out of this is that Nunes has become the Democrats top persona non grata, diverting attention from Trump, if only for the time being.

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scv's picture

Mccain is called a traitor to his face!

Joe Sichs Pach's picture

Nunes apparently getting a little too close

NoDebt's picture

My response if I was Nunes:  "Not just 'no' but 'fuck no', asshole."

You think Schiff would step down if roles were reversed and it was he who was taking info to Obama?  Not a snowball's chance in hell he'd recuse himself.


tmosley's picture

All the Jews need to be forced to go to Israel, not make demands of the people or officials of the countries they infest.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

then it would just be trump all by himself in the White house

robertsgt40's picture

Schiff looks poised to receive a bitch slap. I'd rather see a left hook.

OpTwoMistic's picture

Adam Schiff, another pedo or Soros punk?

Tarzan's picture

This can mean only one thing, he's on to something

Love watching them sweat

Chupacabra-322's picture

Irrefutable proof of the absolute, complete, open Lawlessness by the Criminal Fraud UNITED STATES, CORP. INC., its CEO & Board of Directors.

1. Torture .
2. WMD lie to the American People.
3. Lying the American People into War.
4. Illegal Wars of Aggression.
5. Arming, funding & training of terror organizations by the State Dept. / CIA & members of CONgress.
7. McCain meets with ISIS (Pics available).
8. Clapper lies to CONgress.
9. Brennan lies to CONgress & taps Congressional phones / computers.
10. Lynch meets Clinton on tarmac.
11. Fast & Furious deals with the Sinaloa Cartel.
12. Holder in Contempt of CONgress.
13. CIA drug / gun running / money laundering through the tax payer bailed out TBTFB.
14. Illegal NSA Spying on the American People.
15. DNC Federal Election Crime / Debbie Wasserman Shultz.
16. Hillary Clinton email Treason.
17. Clinton Foundation pay to play RICO.
18. Anthony Weiner 650,000 #PizzaGate Pedo Crimes.
19. Secret Iran deal.
20. Lynch takes the Fifth when asked about Iran deal
21. FBI murders LaVoy Finicum

At the current moment we're completely Lawless.

We have been for quite some time. In the past, their Criminality was "Hidden in plain view."

Now it's out in the open, in your face Criminality & Lawlessness. Complete debachary.

Thing is, the bar & precedent has been set so high among these Criminals I doubt we will ever see another person arrested in our lifetime.

brianshell's picture


Speier is neck deep in the CIA/Awan brothers MANGO heroin ring. Recuse yourself.

So is McCabe.

Glassport's picture

Yes, but he (Schiff) really should step down also, along with all of the other democrats.  What kind of objectivity do they have constantly pushing the as of yet false narrative of foreign interference.  Shit's gettin' old quick - there's a damned country, and economy, to run.

Lurk Skywatcher's picture

Funny. Democrats calling for someone to step down because they think he is "protecting the president rather than seeking the truth", while the Democrats are attcking the president rather than seeking the truth.

How about someone just go after the truth...

and personally, I think Nunes is much closer to that aspect than the Democrats are.

Seems whenever someone gets close to the truth, the Democrats want them off the case!

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Headline: Schiff Calls On House Intel Chair To Recuse Himself From Russia Probe; Nunes Refuses

My response to Nunes: Hold your ground and be brave.

My advice for Schiff: STAND DOWN, SHUT UP, LISTEN and LEARN or RESIGN from your OFFICE!!

Chupacabra-322's picture

Schiff needs to recognize OBAMA was POTUS during these illegal wiretaps / Vault 7 mass surveillance and is responsible.

As President Harry S. Truman once said: "THE BUCK STOPS HERE!!!!"
Next step: Arrest and charge him with full extent of the law. 

TRUMP would not have said it unless he had hard evidence. This was a warning shot across the bow of OBAMA to STAND DOWN, STOP YOUR ILLEGAL SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITY and LEAVE WASHINGTON NOW or be CHARGED.

It's High Treason / Sedition being conducted "Hidden In Plain View" by the Deep State. It's the most Bizzare Transition of Power I've ever witnessed.

And, If Obama, Lynch & Clapper all agreed 17 days out to change the surveillance structure of the NSA. What date exectly did the changes occur in relation to the first FISA request for the Trump Wire Taps?

There multiple different High Crimes at play.

1. The looting of Fanny Mae & Freddie Mac to fund Obamacare.
2. The Lynch DOJ tax payer slush fund to fund Political Leftists Groups
3. The FISA wiretapping

Jim in MN's picture

Schiff isn't going to recognize shit.

He's part of it.  Deeper than deep.  Pretty much groomed for exactly the Deep State role he is now playing out.

He'll need to be arrested.  No other way to get him pried out.  Like a limpet he is.


Chupacabra-322's picture

Arrest would be effective in Neutralizing Schiff as he is an accessory.

HRClinton's picture

When you have no power, all you have is your wits and chutzpah to control the narrative and steer the ship. It's been done and perfected for thousands of years.  Schiff knows this, and is paying his part accordingly.

If the Administration and those in the GOP who are loyal to him want to avoid getting played like cheap violins, they need to stop acting like Eagle Scouts and adapt fast.

You'd think that the "Recuse" card or Trump firing his staff is so obvious, that they'd have figured it out by now.  It's all about Delay, Disrupt, Deflect, and Dupe the Administration and impressionable or weak GOP players in Congress.  Machiavellian and Court politics is for adults only. Trust me, I know.

earleflorida's picture

eve schiff (adam & eve) wife of adam schiff is chair of the 'sunlight foundation' wholly owned by the 'Rockefeller Family Fund'...

Giant Meteor's picture

Holy shit. The man, I am presuming a Marine vet just handed McCain his head and his ass, and to hear McCain's response, well, weak is a gross understatement (the response.)

One of the first commenters on the vid had this to say ..

"All the Marine needed to say is you went to Syria and funded the rebels. Rebels that are now raping women in Sweden, Germany, and France. Hell you even took a picture with them smiling. Did you give the guy on the far right of the picture the AK, Cross, and Syrian Christian Church Van he was photoed with too??"


jamesmmu's picture
The “Deep State” is Actually Just “The State”, and They’ve Been Running the Agenda Since the Beginning

Winston Churchill's picture

If you had been to a real school, one that had been around for 600yrs or so, you would know

how idiculous  that statement was.

Giant Meteor's picture

I went to the link James. Not much there really, and can find no info on the author. Is it Phils brother?

"The State exists, and its overriding function is to ensure its own existence regardless of policy change, President or vote. It is made up of career bureaucrats who feel that their positions are unassailable and that their moral code is superior to that of the voting public. When they discuss “the public”, it is very much an “us and tem” conversation, and each meeting is an exercise in how best to treat their “wayward children”.

"Stellar Wind was a project that ran for two years under the Obama administration. Its aim was to collect data on those high up in government (including joint chiefs, Presidents, Supreme Court Judges and Congress members), with a view to best managing how they could secure their own budgets, shape policy and direct government according to their interests. But this is not a “Secret State” operation, this is a State operation, because the President and Houses are temporary and do not hold the real reigns o power."

I mean, what the fuck? Over?

This is some fairly sophmoric disinfo, that doesn't even sound good ..

Btw James, I'm in agreement that the "deep state" includes many "actors" I wrote something similar the other day. The deep state is, well, deep ... and as far as the first paragraph in the excerpt above indicates, all very well, as far as it goes ..

But simply passing this off as somewhat "normal" and disallowing actors a bit further up the food chain, is disingenuous at best, disinformation at worst. 

Chupacabra-322's picture

The Deep State comprises of the following Criminal Entites as per Kevin Shipp Former CIA Officer Anti-Terrorism Specialist.


Deep State

Essay: Anatomy of the Deep State

There is the visible government situated around the Mall in Washington, and then there is another, more shadowy, more indefinable government that is not explained in Civics 101 or observable to tourists at the White House or the Capitol. The former is traditional Washington partisan politics: the tip of the iceberg that a public watching C-SPAN sees daily and which is theoretically controllable via elections. The subsurface part of the iceberg I shall call the Deep State, which operates according to its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power.

Who rules America?

The secret collaboration of the military, the intelligence and national security agencies, and gigantic corporations in the systematic and illegal surveillance of the American people reveals the true wielders of power in the United States. Telecommunications giants such as AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, and Internet companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter, provide the military and the FBI and CIA with access to data on hundreds of millions of people that these state agencies have no legal right to possess.

Congress and both of the major political parties serve as rubber stamps for the confluence of the military, the intelligence apparatus and Wall Street that really runs the country. The so-called “Fourth Estate”—the mass media—functions shamelessly as an arm of this ruling troika.

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) Chupacabra-322 Mar 27, 2017 8:23 PM

It's a lot simpler to say that the Jews rule America. And all Jew power in America is derived from House Rotschild.

Giant Meteor's picture

Now this is the shit one can really sink their teeth into ..

And although it may be simpler to name the Jews and the House of Rothschild (as the commenter above suggests), does more harm than not, in getting most folks to sit, heed and/or listen / pay attention ..

The fact is there are MANY cooperative folks, in all walks of life, ethnocentric equations bringing on the shit show, although I grant, certain lineage is all important, in the money changin and other influences of society and "culture". Being "black" mongrel Irish I never had that particular problem, as we've probably been hated worse than the jew .. .. with possible exception of the gypsies .. or my other lineage, decimated by the white man ..

Ok, ok I kid on the last bit, but not by much ..

Anyway, thanks for this ...



Bryan's picture

Recuse THIS, ya whiney Democrat. 

Uncle Sugar's picture

Past time for DJT to start ignoring these jagoffs publicly

grunk's picture

Recuse yourself from life, Schiff.

Renov8's picture

Nunez should clean Schiffs fucken clock and ring his bell hard...

LetThemEatRand's picture

This is Trump's moment to show us that he's not a fraud.  Bring forward the evidence and shut down this fucking clown show, and then rein in the intelligence agencies that spied on you.   Or admit you are a fraud and have Nunes and your entire cabinet come to the Whitehouse every morning in a single VW bug.  

lester1's picture

That means Obama would have to be arrested.

Are you ready for mass riots and a total shutdown of government?

LetThemEatRand's picture

If he has evidence, there would be no mass riots in my opinion.

But if I'm wrong, and there are mass riots despite clear evidence, then dealing with that is what is needed to save the Republic.

I don't think he has the evidence.

lester1's picture

Hahahahaha were talking about Obama here. He's a savior to these ghetto savages. If they can riot over Michael Brown, we could expect the same outcome in the ghettos of ever major US city! Only 1000x worse. Tens of billions of damages would occur. Lives would be lost. Trump's agenda gets delayed big time.


You ready?

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

One would think "they" would have some type of hyper-effective new riot/crowd control tech by now.  Still just bean bag shot and water cannons?

LetThemEatRand's picture

Lester1, that all sounds like a convenient excuse on your part for why Trump should not disclose evidence of wrongdoing, perhaps to explain away why he doesn't. 


oncefired's picture

Nobody Asked for Your Fucking Opinion, So Shut Your Shithole!

Giant Meteor's picture

I asked for LTER's opinion Mr. Fired. Don't be such a pussy .. 

Can't say much about the potty mouth tho, as I use fuck, shit and piss on a  fairly regular basis  ;)

Normally I try to avoid misusing the female anatomy . but under special circumstances ..

Chupacabra-322's picture

Dr. Steve Pieczenik is a legend. For those of you who don't know - he's the guy Tom Clancy based Jack Ryan on. He's served 5 U.S. Presidents (Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and the 1st Bush) and was co-founder of Delta Force. Pieczenik served as former Dep. Sec of State under Kissinger, Vance and Baker - and was instrumental in negotiating the 1978 Camp David Accords. He holds degrees from Cornell, M.I.T. and Harvard, and as a CIA expert in psychological warfare, he was the first psychiatrist ever to receive a PhD focusing on international relations. Steve can probably crush your larynx with his mind.

"And that's why the CIA has had a real problem, I said, stupidity, arrogance & incompetence has been the triad of the CIA for years."

"Obama was the candidate who was the most lethal of all. Everybody thought has was sweet, intelligent & didn't do very much. You saw how lethal he was to the entire country."

"And, I said it from the beginning. When you have a black individual, a mulatto. Who's mother was in the CIA. Who's grandfather & grandmother were in the CIA & they work for the East/West Center under what I control. Then you know you have a CIA Operative who really doesn't know strategy. And, Instead functions on tactics & deception."

-Dr. Steve Pieczenik

Steve P. is probably concerned that the activities of the CIA could destroy it for good. The CIA 1) amassed a huge surveillance network without mandate or oversight; 2) collected history's biggest collection of private information in one place; and then 3) proceeded to lose control of its tools, and thus of ALL that information. That's the "Plausible Deniability" Card this Criminal Agency holds for any future False Flags, Black Op / PsyOps / destabilizing campaigns, Drug & Gun Running, Child Trafficking, Blackmailing, Money Laudering, Executions on future enemies, individuals or Governments they find to be a threat to their Crime Syndicate.

If a foreign agent does attack the US, nobody is even going to be sure that they did, let alone who it was, because the foreign agent could always claim they were 'spoofed' by the CIA with their now-notorious 'identity misallocation' tools. The CIA is in a position to attack its own host (the USA) and pretend someone else did it -- no-one would ever be able to prove who it was. ANYONE who now has those same tools -- already distributed to, what was it, 5,000 other parties? -- now has access to their mountain of data, could collect more, could even attack the USA, and then 'spoof' someone else.

The National Security Elimination Act of 2017 can't come fast enough.

whatamaroon's picture

I read today ohfuckhead is going to stay in east Polyniesa to write his book, so it looks like a year or so.

steve2241's picture

Courtesy of the American taxpayer.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

I am having trouble following/remembering these goings on.  Some of these guys need to grow extreme handlebar mustaches or start wearing an ascot or something, in order to help me identify them.

Teamtc321's picture

Why? Anyone with half a brain knows the Libtards are sneaky rat fuckers. Let them savor in the juice as long as possible before flushing the shitter on the sneaky rat bastards.