House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has complained to Speaker Paul Ryan that Rep. Devin Nunes, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, is still involved in the investigation into Russia's election meddling even after saying he would recuse himself from the investigation.
Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters at her weekly press conference that she expressed her "dismay" with Ryan, R-Wis., in multiple conversations after CNN reported that Nunes, R-Calif., has issued three subpoenas targeting former Obama administration officials as part of his own probe on unmasking officials. Nunes previously recused himself from all matters concerning the Russia investigation and handed the reigns on this issue to Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas.
"If he recused himself on subjects, Russia, then he shouldn't be having access to documents relating to subject Russia, and he shouldn't be issuing separate subpoenas attaching them to bipartisan subpoenas that were issued this week," Pelosi said. "So my dismay, my objection has been conveyed to the speaker on more than one occasion."
She blamed Ryan for allowing Nunes to serve as the committee's chairman, and said party leaders must be able to trust that those they "deputize" will do a fair job. She also declined to say whether Ryan seems worried about Nunes' continued work on the committee.
"You'd have to ask him," said Pelosi. "But it all comes back to him, because this is his appointment, and his appointment acted in a way that was weird. It was irresponsible, but it was weird when he did what he did, ubering to the White House, this that and the other thing."