Nunes Warns Against 'Witch Hunt' Over Alleged Trump-Russia Ties
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee responded to critics who demanded answers after three former advisors to President Donald Trump were named in a New York Times report that alleged they had contact with Russian officials.
Congressman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said on "Your World" that his committee would not partake in a "McCarthyism witch hunt" just because one press report made allegations against American citizens.
Nunes said he will not immediately subpoena former convention manager Paul Manafort Jr., former advisor Roger Stone nor former campaign consultant Carter Page before his committee after their names appeared in the Times' report.
Last week, when asked by NBC if he had contact with Russian officials, Stone, a former Richard Nixon aide, said "categorically, positively not."
"Three U.S. citizens show up in a New York Times article when there's no evidence ... that they were actually talking to the Russians," Nunes said, adding that such a move would amount to a witch hunt in the vein of former Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis.).
Nunes said that instead of relying on a single news report, his committee is interested in "a full accounting of everything" that American intelligence agencies know about any alleged contact between Trump aides and Moscow.
"Because an American citizen shows up in some press report somewhere, we shouldn't be ... throwing them over to a special prosecutor," he said, after host Neil Cavuto told him fellow California Rep. Darrell Issa (R) advised an inspector general be involved.
"If people are talking to Russian agents, we want to know about that," he said.