Former CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday accused Rep. Devin Nunes of abusing his House intelligence committee chairmanship after he orchestrated a memo that alleges FBI misconduct.
"We don't have access to the underlying information of the Nunes memo, which clearly indicates that he was being exceptionally partisan in this," Brennan said on NBC's "Meet the Press." I've had fights with the Dems over the years when I was in the Obama administration ... but I never saw the Democrats do something like this that was so partisan, so reckless."
Brennan asserted that Nunes (R-Calif.) was trying to protect President Donald Trump with this memo.
Nunes' memo, which was released Friday with Trump's support, claims the FBI obtained and renewed surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page by relying heavily on a dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.
Democrats have argued that the memo aims to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether Russia colluded with Trump's presidential campaign.
Brennan criticized Nunes and GOP lawmakers for not allowing Democrats to release their own counter memo, which the White House has said it would consider releasing.
"The fact that Devin Nunes and Republicans denied the ability of the minority, the Democratic members of that committee, to put out its report is just appalling," Brennan said. "I think it really underscores just how partisan Mr. Nunes has been. He has abused the office of the chairmanship. ... and I don't say that lightly."
The former CIA director argued that Nunes should have conducted hearings and interviewed FBI officials instead of publicly putting out a "one side and a very selective cherry-picked memo."