A plan to build a physical wall to separate the Democrats and the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee has been put on hold, committee sources told CBS News.
Members of the committee have been at odds over the release of surveillance memos, sources of media leaks, and priorities in the panel's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, the report said.
In February, chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., put forth the idea of building a wall to separate the staff by party affiliation. A senior committee official told CBS News, however, that the plan was apparently rejected because of the costs.
The official said retrofitting the secure areas would have cost eight to ten times more than a project in other areas that were not secure.
"It was an ill-conceived idea that would have forever changed the character of the committee," the official told CBS News.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told CBS News that he was against the idea of a wall. "I assume that the public reaction has been sufficiently adverse that they have decided it's a bad idea —and it really is a bad idea," Schiff said.
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, on Sunday said there also was conflict between the House Intelligence Committee and its counterpart in the Senate.
"We're only a couple hundred yards apart, but it's worlds apart in terms of the way we've approached this," King said.
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