Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of N.Y., accompanied by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference about President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Tantrum-Throwing Schumer Demands That The House Kick Nunes Off His Committee

In his latest childish fit, Senator Chuck Schumer took to the floor of the Senate on Monday to demand that House Speaker Paul Ryan replace Rep. Devin Nunes as head of the House Intelligence Committee after Nunes presented information to President Donald Trump suggesting that then-candidate Trump had been subject to secret wiretapping.

“Unfortunately, the House Intelligence Committee has come under a cloud of suspicion and partisanship,” Schumer said, making his case against Nunes. “A few months ago, Chairman Nunes spoke to reporters at the request of the White House to tamp down stories on the links between the Trump campaign and Russia, which is exactly what his committee is now investigating. This past week, Chairman Nunes broke with committee process and tradition to brief the president on information he learned but hadn’t yet shared with the committee. Now we learn this morning that Chairman Nunes was at the White House the day before that event — doing what? We don’t know.

“You cannot have the person in charge of an impartial investigation be partial to one side,” Schumer declared. “It’s an inherent contradiction. And it undermines decades of bipartisan cooperation on the Intelligence Committee, which handles such sensitive information paramount to national security.”

Nunes became a lightning rod for controversy when he went directly to the president with the information he had, while he has yet to present that information to the committee. Democrats, like Schumer of course, argue that Nunes’ actions constitute a breach of protocol, while Republicans brush the claims off as irrelevant to the investigation.

What will Speaker Ryan and/or President Trump do in response to Schumer’s demands, and more importantly, will they make Schumer cry – again?

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