Press Release ● Defense and National Security
For Immediate Release: 
February 1, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today urging Speaker Ryan to remove Rep. Devin Nunes from his position as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee after altering a classified memo and transmitting it to the White House without review or approval from the Committee:

“These new developments concerning Chairman Nunes are deeply disturbing, and I urge Speaker Ryan to remove him from his position as Chair of the House Intelligence Committee. The altering of a classified memo after the Committee’s vote is dishonest, violates House Rules, and demonstrates the lengths that the Chairman is willing to go to undermine the rule of law in order to protect the President.  Even Trump-appointed officials at the Department of Justice and FBI are telling us that it would be very dangerous for the President to release this flawed, factually inaccurate memo, whose only purpose is to undermine the Special Counsel’s independent investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. 
 
“House Republicans’ efforts to undermine the rule of law and discredit our law enforcement and intelligence communities must stop. I urge them to heed the concerns of the DOJ and FBI and stop engaging in the reckless disclosure and misrepresentation of sensitive classified information. In addition, Congress, acting with true bipartisanship for the sake of our country and the principles of justice and rule of law, must come together and shield the Special Counsel from termination so that the American people can learn the truth behind Russia’s efforts to undermine our democracy.”