Former Vice President Joe Bidenwaded into the debate over the integrity of Congress’ probe of Russian interference in the presidential election Thursday, calling for the creation of a select committee to take over.
Biden offered his opinion in a Twitter message, saying he sided with his former Senate colleague, John McCain, R-Ariz., who had called for the committee earlier in the day.
McCain was responding to reports that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., had personally briefed President Donald Trump on what he said was evidence of surveillance that potentially could have been “incidentally collected” about the president and his associates during the transition period.
Nunes purportedly apologized to Democrats on the committee for failing to inform them before taking his findings to Trump. Democrats and some Republicans have accused him speaking publicly in an attempt to deflect attention from Monday’s congressional hearing, at which FBI Director James Comey not only confirmed that the FBI is looking into allegations that the Trump team coordinated with Russian officials during the election, but flatly denied Trump’s accusation that the Obama administration had wiretapped him.
Trump told reporters he felt “somewhat” vindicated by Nunes’ disclosures.
Biden’s tweet is notable in part because he has generally refrained from jumping into the political debate. Former President Barack Obama had previously issued a statement through a spokesman categorically denying that he had ordered surveillance on Trump or any U.S. citizen, calling any suggestion otherwise “simply false.”
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