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Spokesman: Rep. Yoho 'Misspoke' By Saying Nunes Works 'For' Trump

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By    |   Thursday, 30 Mar 2017 03:45 PM

A spokesperson for Rep. Ted Yoho, who argued Thursday that House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes "works for the president" during a defense of the congressman, clarified Yoho knows lawmakers work for their constituents.

During an interview on MSNBC Thursday, Yoho, R-Fla., was defending Nunes from calls from Democrats who want him to recuse himself from involvement in his committee's probe into Russia's involvement and possible connections with Trump campaign officials during the 2016 election, when he made the comments about Nunes and the president.

"You gotta keep in mind who he works for," Yoho told MSNBC's Craig Melvin on Thursday. "He works for the president. He answers to the president."

When Melvin asked Yoho whether Nunes works for the president or his constituents, Yoho told him "you do both. But when you're in that capacity — you know, if you've got information — I'm OK with what he did."

Nunes is under fire after meeting with an anonymous source on the White House grounds last Monday and then disclosing during a press conference Tuesday he had learned members of Trump's transition team had been been subjected to incidental surveillance. Nunes also told Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., about his findings, but not his committee's members.

Yoho on Thursday referred to Nunes as a "man of high integrity and character" who will "do the right thing," and he will step aside if he thinks he has been compromised.

Yoho communications director Brian Kaveney commented through a statement Yoho "misspoke, plain and simple," Politico reported.

"He knows that every member is here because of the people that voted them into office," Yoho said. "Members work for their constituents, whether they are rank and file, or if they have the honor of serving as a committee chairman. The congressman stated that he works for his constituents and not for the president. The same reasoning is applied to all members."

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A spokesperson for Rep. Ted Yoho, who argued Thursday that House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes "works for the president" during a defense of the congressman, clarified Yoho knows lawmakers work for their constituents.
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