Devin Nunes Can’t Lead Russia Probe, He Needs to be a Subject
We have a probe of whether or not the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia, but Nunes is being dogged by questions as to whether or not he coordinated with the Trump White House in his bizarre press conference last week.
“Rep. Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Monday that he did not coordinate his allegations that President Donald Trump’s transition team was monitored by U.S. intelligence officials with the White House.”
So now Nunes is denying coordinating in obstructing the case of whether or not Trump coordinated with Russia.
“Nunes denied that in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer early Monday evening, arguing that it is commonplace for him to travel to White House grounds to view classified materials from various agencies or for other business in his capacity as a congressman.”
“Nobody was sneaking around,” Nunes said. “All it was was just a place where I had to go to be able to review this information.”
He added later, “In fact, I’m quite that sure that I think people in the West Wing had no idea that I was there. Look, I go over there a lot, go over there often for meetings and briefings to meet foreign dignitaries, all those sorts of things.”
Sure, your source was not in the WH. You just went over to the WH to speak to your source. For some reason you couldn’t do it at Capital Hill. And, it’s normal for people to go in and out of the WH without the Administration even being aware of it.
The WH’s side of the story also doesn’t add up.
“New and confusing details are slowly emerging about the source of House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes’ declaration last week that Trump transition aides had been inadvertently picked up by intelligence surveillance — and the White House doesn’t appear eager to clear up its role.”
“Anything’s possible,” Spicer finally declared at Monday’s press briefing when repeatedly pushed on whether the White House or someone in the administration may have been Nunes’ source.
“What I can tell you, through his public comments, is that he has said that he had multiple sources that he came to a conclusion on, so the degree to which any of those sources weighed on the ultimate outcome of what he came to a decision on I don’t know,” Spicer added.
“As the controversy deepens around whether any of Trump’s associates colluded with the alleged Russian effort to interfere in the election, the Nunes disclosure has become something of a sideshow, casting doubt on the House committee’s ability to conduct an impartial investigation and putting an unflattering light on the California Republican.”
“Nunes, along with other Republicans on the committee, have often appeared eager to chase other stories — like the source of leaks about former national security adviser Michael Flynn, or whether Trump transition officials were improperly unmasked in intelligence reports — than to dig into what is purportedly the subject of their investigation: Russian interference in the election, which the intelligence community concluded was designed to boost Trump.”
This is why he can’t run this investigation. He needs to be a subject of it, himself. He is a transition official-he was actually in the room in January when Turkish agent, Michael Flynn, met with Turkey.
He may well have information himself about what happened and could be covering not just Trump’s ass but his own.
“Right-wing commentators and publications were quick to tout the announcement as some sort of victory, equating it with proof of Trump’s initial wiretapping allegation. But Nunes almost immediately found himself in hot water.”
“His two briefings to the press came before alerting other members of his committee, a move he later apologized for. Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee, slammed Nunes for acting like a tool of the White House. And Republican Sen. John McCain said the House committee had lost its credibility on the investigation.”
Questions quickly arose about how, exactly, Nunes had obtained the information and why he felt the need to make it public and brief the president.”
He ‘briefed the President’ but still hasn’t briefed the Democrats on the committee.
“On Friday, Spicer admitted he could not rule out the possibility that Nunes obtained the documents from someone in the White House.”
“I’m not aware of where he got the documents from. I don’t know,” Spicer said.
“But on Monday it was revealed by CNN that Nunes had obtained the information on the White House grounds the night before he made his announcement.”
“Chairman Nunes met with his source at the White House grounds in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source,” Nunes spokesman Jack Langer said in a statement Monday. “The chairman is extremely concerned by the possible improper unmasking of names of U.S. citizens, and he began looking into this issue even before President Trump tweeted his assertion that Trump Tower had been wiretapped.”
We need an investigation of Nunes just to figure out what this information is and how he got it. Let alone what he himself knows about the Trump campaign’s coordination.
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