President Donald Trump tweeted out a strong endorsement of Rep. Devin Nunes on Tuesday, calling the California Republican a "a true American patriot."
The president's comments came as voters in California and seven other states headed to the polls.
The Washington Post said Nunes, House Intelligence Committee chairman, is a staunch Trump ally.
Nunes has worked for months to investigate the actions of the FBI and the Justice Department as they look into Russian meddling in the presidential election, the newspaper said.
And it pointed out that earlier this year, Nunes released a document claiming the FBI abused it its surveillance authority when it sought an order regarding a former campaign adviser to Trump.
The newspaper also said it was Nunes who had pressed Justice Department officials to brief lawmakers on the use of an FBI informant, who Trump had suggested was "spying" on his campaign.
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