After Nunes’ Indefensible Actions, McCain Says it’s Time for Select Committee
From the start, it’s been rather dubious to believe that Devin Nunes, Trump transition official, is the man to run this very serious investigation into whether or not the Trump campaign coordinated with a hostile foreign power to subvert a US election.
By the way, subverting the US political process for the benefit of Russia is what Manafort was paid $10 million dollars per year by his Russian oligarch to do.
After the hearing on Monday, Nunes said something that by itself strained any credulity: that he had no idea who Roger Stone or Carter Page are.
What Page did, not so incidentally, may in itself be a felony with hard time attached to it.
(THREAD) BREAKING: The FBI may already have Carter Page on a major crime: 18 U.S.C. § 1001, punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Read on. pic.twitter.com/lRSMSTZFqn
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) March 23, 2017
He lied to James Comey in September 2016 about not having any conversations with any sanctioned Russian individuals as Abramason shows in a very good thread. Read it all.
What he did yesterday is to the point that his entire committee is now thrown into doubt.
“House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) has risked undermining the credibility of the panel’s investigation of Russian interference of the 2016 election by sharing new information with the White House, his Democratic counterpart said Wednesday.”
“By briefing the public and then President Trump about intercepted communications involving members of the transition team, but not other members of the committee involved in the investigation, Nunes cast “quite a profound cloud over our ability to do our work,” Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) told reporters.”
“The chairman will either need to decide if he’s leading an investigation into conduct which includes allegations of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians, or he is going to act as a surrogate of the White House. Because he cannot do both,” Schiff said at a Capitol Hill news conference.
“The assessment, even if delivered in Schiff’s typically understated fashion, reflected a potential breakdown in what is traditionally a nonpartisan partnership between the top Republican and Democrat on the Intelligence Committee.”
“It was all the more striking given that both men have served together for more than a decade in the same state congressional delegation.”
“Schiff said he raised his concerns directly with Nunes after the Republican disclosed new information publicly and then to the White House. He stopped short of saying whether Nunes was improperly making classified information public, saying instead that his actions were “beyond irregular.”
Nunes’ actions further demonstrated the need for an independent inquiry into Russia’s actions during the campaign, Schiff said.”
There are just so many levels on which what Nunes was wrong.
1. He did not share this with Schiff and the other members of the Committee of both parties.
2. He did share it with Trump who the Committee is allegedly investigating.
3. Schiff and other Republicans had claimed that there is nothing more nefarious than leaks-even the potential coordination with a hostile foreign power to subvert an election is less malign in their estimation than anonymous leaks to the press.
Yet here is Schiff leaking something totally anonymous to the subject of his own panel’s investigation. Was what Nunes leaked itself classified? We don’t know.
Even now, Nunes will not commit to sharing this phantom information with Schiff.
Nunes says he'll brief ranking member Schiff "at some point" on his findings
— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) March 22, 2017
That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works. https://t.co/HmvGdLZpgk
— MichaelMarshallSmith (@ememess) March 22, 2017
In light of Nunes indefensible conduct, John McCain says it’s time for a Select Committee.
“Sen. John McCain said Wednesday that a special committee was needed to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials because the House Intelligence Committee lost “the credibility to handle this alone.”
“The Senate Armed Services Chairman was highly critical of the public feuding between House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes, a Republican, and ranking Democratic member Rep. Adam Schiff, who traded explosive statements Wednesday regarding their panel’s investigation into Trump-Russia ties.”
“It’s a bizarre situation,” the Arizona Republican senator, speaking to MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren, said of the ongoing probe. “I think that this back and forth and what the American people have found so far is that no longer does Congress have the credibility to handle this alone.”
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