February 1, 2018 / 4:25 PM / 8 months ago

Top U.S. House Democrat calls for removal of House intelligence chairman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday called for the removal of the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, saying he had acted dishonestly in altering a memo about the Russia probe.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) departs during a closed meeting of the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 16, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

“It has now come to our attention that Congressman (Devin) Nunes deliberately and materially altered the contents of the memo since it was voted on by the House Republicans,” Pelosi said in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan. “This action is not only dangerous, it is illegitimate, and violates House rules.”

Any decision to remove Nunes would be one for Ryan to make. The committee had agreed to release the memo, which alleges bias against President Donald Trump at the FBI, in a move supported by Ryan.

Reporting by Tim Ahmann

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