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The best of last night’s late-night TV: President Donald Trump’s approval ratings are real low, Trump is not throwing the first pitch on Nationals opening day, and Trump signed an executive order wiping out Barack Obama’s environmental record.

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Warren, Carper petition Ethics Office for information on Ivanka Trump’s White House role

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tom Carper (not pictured) have requested that more information be provided by mid-April. | AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File

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Nunes: Democrats ‘aren’t really serious’ about Russia investigation

Nunes: Democrats ‘aren’t really serious’ about Russia investigation

House Intelligence committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes said committee Democrats have no given him a witness list. | AP Photo

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Nunes tries to blame Democrats for troubled Russia probe

Nunes tries to blame Democrats for troubled Russia probe

House Intelligence committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes said committee Democrats have no given him a witness list. | AP Photo

Schiff fires back, questioning why Nunes called off a hearing with former Obama officials.

By Aidan Quigley

03/29/17 10:41 AM EDT

Updated 03/29/17 12:58 PM EDT

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on Wednesday tried to blame Democrats for the troubles plaguing the panel’s investigation into Russia’s apparent meddling in the election, as a prominent moderate Republican cast doubt on the future of the House probe.

Nunes has come under fierce criticism from Democrats, who have accused him of colluding with the White House to undermine the panel’s probe, which is also examining whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian officials.

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But Nunes on Wednesday claimed it was Democrats who were not dedicated to the investigation.

“We’re beginning to figure out who’s actually serious about the investigation because it appears like the Democrats aren’t really serious about this investigation,” he said, as reported by NBC News.

A spokesman for Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the committee, blasted the comments. In a statement, the spokesman noted that it was Nunes who called off a hearing scheduled for Tuesday of this week with former Obama administration officials, including former acting attorney general Sally Yates, former CIA director John Brennan and former director of national intelligence James Clapper. Yates and potentially others were expected to deliver testimony that contradicted prior administration statements about Russia contacts.

"The Minority submitted a list of witnesses to the Majority yesterday. This list represents only the first of many witnesses we believe should be called to testify,” the spokesman said. “Additionally, the Minority proposed days ago that two hearings be scheduled for next week — both the closed hearing with [James] Comey and [Mike] Rogers requested by the Majority and the open hearing with Yates, Clapper and Brennan that had been previously agreed to by both parties and cancelled abruptly and unilaterally by the Chair. We have yet to receive a response."

Adding to Nunes’ woes, moderate Republican Rep. Charlie Dent on Wednesday questioned whether the House Intelligence Committee’s probe could reasonably go forward.

Dent called the current state of the House’s investigation “unfortunate.”

“My sense right now is the House is in a situation where the issue has become overly politicized,” Dent said. “It doesn’t seem like there’s much cooperation on either side.”

White House press secretary Sean Spicer reaffirmed the administration's confidence in Nunes during Wednesday's press briefing. "There is nothing that I see that is problematic in him conducting an investigation that we asked both the House and Senate intelligence committees (for)," he said.

Many Democrats, including Schiff, are calling for Nunes to step aside amid concerns of coordination between Nunes and the White House. After Nunes announced last week he had seen evidence that Trump associates were incidentally surveilled after the election, he revealed this week that he met with his source on White House grounds the day before.

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Spicer says accusations he treated reporter unfairly are ‘demeaning to her’

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer talks to the media during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washignton, Tuesday, March 28. | AP Photo

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