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John McCain: Nunes Has 'A Lot of Explaining to Do'

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By    |   Tuesday, 28 Mar 2017 11:59 AM

Sen. John McCain says the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee should be more forthright with the information he's received about possible surveillance on President Donald Trump and his associates.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., announced last week in a press conference that the president and his team were "incidentally" included in surveillance of foreign targets by U.S. intelligence. He did not inform Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee prior to the announcement.

"I think there needs to be a lot of explaining to do," McCain said on "CBS This Morning" Tuesday. "I've been around for quite a while, and I've never heard of any such thing. Obviously, on a committee like an intelligence committee, you've got to have bipartisanship; otherwise, the committee loses credibility. And there's so much out there that needs to be explained by the chairman."

The senator added that Nunes should "absolutely" reveal the source of his information to the public.

"I can't imagine why not," he added.

The ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, has questioned Nunes' ability to conduct an impartial investigation.

"The public cannot have the necessary confidence that matters involving the president's campaign or transition team can be objectively investigated or overseen by the chairman," he said Monday, according to The New York Times.

"This is a very serious issue," McCain added. "It all started with Russian interference, attempt to change the outcome of our election. It turned into a centipede like these things have a tendency of doing, and another shoe seems to drop every few days."

"It's an issue of utmost importance," he continued. "And something's got to change; otherwise, the whole effort of the House of Representatives will lose credibility. … But I think that there is more information out there. There's more ties to Russia. There is more engagement with false information. There is a lot more associated with Russian attempts to affect our election, but there are also a lot of other Russian activities going on."

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