According to Senator John McCain, Congress no longer has the credibility to handle a probe of Russia’s meddling in the last Presidential elections. McCain discussed the House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes Wednesday on the MSNBC’s For the Record. The former GOP presidential candidate is now calling for the creation of a special committee to handle the matter. His comments were spurred by a dispute between members of the House intelligence Committees which occurred Wednesday morning when Rep. Nunes alleged he had seen evidence that the U.S Intelligence community had unintentionally gathered on Trump.
Adam Schiff, the committee’s ranking Democrat argued that Nune’s comments were unfortunate and said they risked undermining the committee’s investigation credibility.
The Senator from Arizona said the following on Wednesday to Greta Van Susteren of MSNBC,
“It’s a bizarre situation, and what I think, the reason why I’m calling for this select committee or a special committee, is I think that this back-and-forth and what the American people have found out so far that no longer does the Congress have credibility to handle this alone. And I don’t say that lightly.”
A bitter feud has erupted between Democrats and Republicans over the issue. Members of the House Intelligence Committees have fought over raw intelligence they are using to investigate the President. Chairman Nunes noted that surveillance was found from the Trump administration but none of it concerned Russia.
Democrats blasted him for doing what they say was warning President Trump first of his findings. They argued it cast a large cloud over the entire ordeal. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi denounced Nunes and called for an independent investigation to take place.
Unlike many of his Republican colleagues, Senator McCain has been vocal in his support of a special committee to investigate the issue. But his colleagues have been adamant that Senate and House leaders are perfectly capable of investigating the matter themselves. McCain is known for straying from the conservative pack and taking a much more moderate stance on issues.
While independents, liberal conservatives, and conservative liberals like that about him, staunch conservatives and pro-Trump Republicans hate it. Many are calling him a sellout and for being a Democrat in Republican clothing.