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Wall may be built in House Intel Committee as atmosphere 'absolute poison'

12 February 2018, 01:03 | Devin Moran

Wall may be built in House Intel Committee as atmosphere 'absolute poison'

Wall may be built in House Intel Committee as atmosphere 'absolute poison'

Animosity between Republicans and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee has become so intense that Republican members of the committee are reportedly going to construct an actual, physical wall separating their staffers from Democrats, according to CBS.

"We have heard reports that the chairman may seek to erect a "wall" to divide the staff of the intelligence committee on a partisan basis - this would be a awful mistake", Schiff said.

Some Republican committee members were quick to declare that they knew nothing about the proposed wall.

If Devin Nunes would behave like an honorable public servant, he would not need a fake news organization, but the fact that he can't run on his own merits is exactly why Nunes has got to go.

"We do support our troops, but I think most troops would tell you they would rather be taken care of than march to the president's tune down Pennsylvania Avenue", Swalwell said. "It's absolute poison down there", Republican Tom Rooney said when questioned about the plan by CBS.

"The level of trust and the level of everything down there is - it's poison".

"I swear to God I didn't know that", he said.

Bipartisanship "is gone. It's gone from that committee", Rooney told CBS.

Including "the woman up front that answers the phone" over alleged leaks, Rooney told CBS. That divide was laid bare last week by the release of Nunes' partisan memo that purports to show the Federal Bureau of Investigation abused the FISA system to secure a warrant to extend surveillance of a President Donald Trump campaign aide. Nunes and the committee's top Democrat, Rep.

Swalwell did, however, caution against any redactions to the Democratic memo that are politically motivated, asserting that the Republican memo was released over objections from the highest levels of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, specifically the agency's director Christopher Wray.

Both the White House counsel and President Trump have said they are inclined to release the memo if it can be cleansed of information that compromises national security, with the president personally accusing them of inserting that material, knowing it'd create a classification matter that would look bad for the Republicans and good for them. Other Republicans seem to be flat-out mortified by Nunes' shovel-ready infrastructure plan. The committee voted to release the Democrats' memo early this week, but the White House is still mulling whether to declassify it.

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