WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- “I think he is probably in my opinion weakened the role of the committee," Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC-3) said.
North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones was the first GOP house member to call on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the investigation into alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 election.
The controversy began when Nunes went to the White House to meet with a source without telling others on the committee. Nunes denies coordinating with the Trump administration and has since recused himself from the investigation.
While House Speaker Paul Ryan says there was no need for the chairman to recuse himself another North Carolina Congressman says the recusal isn’t enough.
“The American people don’t like it and they want the truth," Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-1) said.
Democratic Congressman G.K. Butterfield wants Nunes off the intelligence committee. He’s also calling for an independent commission to get to the bottom of what happened during the campaign.
“People in North Carolina are very concerned about this as they are all across the nation the telephone rings all day long,with people scared to death," Butterfield said.
While Jones doesn’t believe the alleged hacking changed the outcome of the election he does feel it’s important to understand what happened.
“To me it’s very critical for the future, not so much today, if we learn from today we may be able to take certain precautions in the future," Jones added.
While controversy swirls around the House investigation, the Senate continues its own enquiry with North Carolina Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) as its chair.