Devin Nunes Defends the Indefensible as Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi Call for Recusal
As I argued in an earlier piece, this morning, Nunes can’t lead this probe, he needs to be a subject of it himself.
His defense of his bizarre behavior last week becomes more and more tendentious:
“The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on Monday defended his controversial visit to the White House that occurred the day before he announced he had information suggesting that associates of President Donald Trump might have been caught up in intelligence activity.”
“If I really wanted to I could’ve snuck onto the [White House] grounds, and nobody would’ve seen me,” Rep. Devin Nunes told CNN in an interview on Monday, denying accusations he improperly reviewed classified information one evening, then visiting the Oval Office the following day.
“I wasn’t sneaking out … the sun was out,” Nunes said. “I needed a place I could go and get access to what I needed to see,” the Intelligence Committee chairman told CNN, because the information he received on White House grounds had not yet been provided to Congress.
I mean what in the world is this guy talking about? He sounds delirious. I wasn’t sneaking out the sun was out? Huh?
If I really wanted to I could’ve snuck onto the White grounds and nobody would’ve seen me? What in the world? Actually, that’s just it-we don’t know you met your source in the White House, it was discovered by CNN. So it looked like Nunes was sneaking around. It’s not like he volunteered this information.
In a CNN interview yesterday, Nunes again failed to make a any sense. Remember that song by the Talking Heads-Stop Making Sense?
For Nunes, it’s the opposite-he needs to start making sense.
“During a CNN interview on Monday, Nunes reiterated the fact that what he reviewed has “nothing to do with Russia,” but everything to do with American citizens and their safety. “It bothered me that this level of information would be included in intelligence reports because it wasn’t necessary, legal or not,” he said.”
“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 has said. “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.”
“Before Nunes appeared on CNN, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called for the removal of Nunes as chairman of the House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee. “Chairman Nunes is falling down on the job and seems to be more interested in protecting the president than in seeking the truth,” Schumer said in a Senate speech on Monday.”
“Shortly after Nunes’ interview, meanwhile, California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted a statement, saying the chairman had “no legitimate justification for bringing that information to the White House instead of to the committee.”
After much consideration I believe Chairman should recuse himself from involvement in investigation/oversight of Trump campaign & transition pic.twitter.com/jpfA1x80Si
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 27, 2017
The more absurd Nunes’ yarn gets the more you wonder what he himself is hiding.
“House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan has said he has “full confidence” in the investigation of possible Russian influence on the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign, which is being led by Nunes.
“Speaker Ryan has full confidence that Chairman Nunes is conducting a thorough, fair and credible investigation,” a Ryan spokeswoman told Reuters in a statement on Monday.
Paul Ryan. Can you think of anyone with less credibility than Paul Ryan now? He had full confidence Tryancare as well. Not a good Omen for Nunes.
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