Did the Trump White House use the House intel committee chairman to divert attention from the committee’s investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russians? That’s what Joe Scarborough suggested on today’s Morning Joe.  Scarborough said that his reporting suggests that the White House “shoved” committee chairman Devin Nunes in front of the cameras to reveal that communications of President Trump and associates may have been intercepted after the election by intelligence agencies conducting surveillance of foreign targets.

Scarborough: “it just looked like, and sounded like from some reporting I did yesterday, that you had the White House desperate to do anything to change headlines this morning, because, again, from the reporting I did yesterday, talking to people in the White House, they were so desperate to change the narrative that it looks like they shoved him out with this information—just any information, anything—to change the headlines. And to blow up the investigation in the House. And it looks like that’s exactly what they did.”


Earlier in the show, Scarborough joined the chorus of people calling for Nunes to “step aside” as chairman of the House Intel committee.