WASHINGTON – Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has undermined public confidence in the committee.
“Devin Nunes, pardon the pun, he has neutered the confidence that people could ever have in the House Intelligence Committee,” Manchin told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday evening.
Manchin’s remarks coincide with the expected release of a four-page classified memo said to detail abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Nunes wrote the memo and the committee earlier this week voted along party lines to release it.
Manchin sits on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He confirmed reports that the House Intelligence Committee has not provided its upper chamber counterpart with a copy of the memo.
Republicans have suggested that the memo confirms long-held suspicions that the FBI and the Justice Department have displayed bias against President Donald Trump in their investigation into allegations of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) accused Nunes of altering the memo prior to handing it over to the White House. Schiff, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Justice Department officials oppose releasing the memo due to national security concerns.
CNN reported Thursday that President DonaldTrump has reviewed the memo and may authorize its release as early as today.