U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, would not say on Wednesday whether House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes should recuse himself from the committee’s investigation of Russia’s potential involvement in the 2016 presidential election.
“Chairman Nunes serves at the pleasure of the Speaker of the House,” Tom Flanagin, the congresswoman’s spokesman, said in a response to a Post-Star request to interview Stefanik by telephone regarding whether Nunes should recuse himself from the investigation.
Stefanik is a member of the House Intelligence Committee.
“Congresswoman Stefanik will continue to work with her colleagues on the Intelligence Committee — including the chairman and the (Democratic) ranking member — in their oversight role to conduct a bipartisan investigation and follow the facts wherever they lead,” Flanagin said in an email.
Flanagin did not respond to a follow-up request about whether Stefanik specifically agrees with Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., a committee member, who has called for Nunes to recuse himself, and whether she agrees with U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who have called for an independent investigation.
Nunes, of California, who was a member of President Donald Trump’s transition team, has been criticized for meeting at the White House with an unidentified source to discuss classified information, and for canceling a committee hearing last week.