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Top Democrats Schumer, Pelosi Call for Removal of House Intelligence Chair

FILE - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speak at a news conference.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday called for the removal of Republican Devin Nunes as chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives
Intelligence Committee, citing actions that undermine a federal probe into possible collusion between President Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.

Schumer sent House Speaker Paul Ryan a letter "demanding the Speaker immediately remove Chairman Devin Nunes from the House Intelligence Committee and raising serious questions as to why House Republicans ... have not taken credible action to fully address Russia's meddling in U.S. elections and prevent future Russian cyber-attacks," Schumer's office said in a statement.

Top House Democratic Nancy Pelosi also on Thursday called for the removal of Nunes. The House intelligence committee has voted to release a secret memo written by the panel's Republicans that alleges anti-Trump bias at the FBI and Justice Department. Ryan has supported its release.