Democrats, some Republicans call for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes to step down

Democrats say Nunes has close ties to White House, can't be on committee

WASHINGTON – Clearly exhausted with the investigation into a Russian connection, the White house was also tired of answering questions on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes.

"We're not going to start answering questions like that kinda stuff," White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.

Nunes, R. Calif, himself remains defiant.

"Are you going to stay as chairman of this investigation?" a reporter asked him.

"Why would I not?" Nunes said.

The "why" began when Nunes first revealed that intelligence officials may have inadvertently picked up communications of the president and his transition team.

Then came revelations that he got that information "somehow" on White House grounds.

Now, even some Republican senators have joined House Democrats in saying he is too close to the president.

"That sounds like their problem. I don't have, my colleagues are perfectly fine," Nunes said.

When asked if Nunes should step down from the Russia investigation House Speaker Paul Ryan, R- Wis. said "No and no."

The House investigation  was supposed to continue this week will the testimony of former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, but it was abruptly canceled prompting suspicion that the administration tried to block her.

 "You guys are just speculating," Nunes said.

The White House was quick to deny the allegation.

"The White House did not stop Yates from testifying," Yates said.

President Donald Trump had no comment as he was signing an executive order Tuesday rolling back climate change regulations put in place by his Democratic predecessor, President Barack Obama.

All of it prompting outrage and protests just outside of the White House gate.

"Nobody ever told me politics was such fun," Trump said. 

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