The Continuing Non-Recusal of Devin Nunes
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As it is his so-called replacement, Mike Conway, has been no bargain either. He’s already telegraphed he plans to arbitrarily end the House Intelligence’s part of the Russia investigation in February and has also telegraphed that he’s rushed to judgment and decided that ‘there’s no evidence of collusion’-which is a far cry from saying Trump is innocent.
He’s framing ‘evidence’ in an extremely narrow way here where it’s virtually impossible to find any evidence of collusion. What would he consider evidence? There has certainly been a huge amount of circumstantial evidence. Indeed, the volume of this alone makes it implausible there’s no direct evidence-we aren’t privy to everything they’ve seen in Congress and Congress is not privy to all they’ve seen in the Mueller investigation.
That they don’t have all the info from Mueller-indeed Mueller has made it clear the investigation will go AT LEAST through 2018-makes it simply indefensible to end the investigation now. You can’t possibly know there’s no evidence yet.
As for Devin Nunes, his recusal has always been pretty dubious-he sent his staff over to harass Christopher Steele during the Summer, he’s continued to send subpoenas on ‘unmasking’ and engage in other actions clearly meant to obstruct the probe.
Now a new legal document filed by Fusion GPS shows how much Devin Nunes is still in control of the Russia investigation by the House Intelligence Committee:
“The House Intelligence Committee has only issued one subpoena to a financial institution in the 11 months since it opened its investigation into Russia’s election interference and potential collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign team and Moscow.”
“The subpoena wasn’t to Deutsche Bank — which was fined last year over its involvement in a major Russian money-laundering scheme and has been the Trump family’s bank of choice for decades. Rather, the subpoena was delivered to the primary bank for the Washington, DC-based opposition research firm Fusion GPS.”
“This is part of the GOP’s obstruction of the Russia investigation where they claim that the ‘real collusion’ was that there even was a Steele Dossier. The fact that both the lawyers of the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s legal team financed it is seen as somehow deeply scandalous.”
“The law firm Perkins Coie, which represented Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, confirmed in October that it hired Fusion in April 2016 to help research Trump’s ties to Russia. That research was done primarily by former British spy Christopher Steele, who wrote the now-famous dossier outlining an alleged Trump campaign conspiracy with Russia to sway the election.”
“Around the same time it was digging up dirt on Trump, however, Fusion was also working for the law firm BakerHostetler on behalf of Prevezon — a real-estate company incorporated in Cyprus and owned by a prominent Russian businessman, Denis Katsyv.”
“BakerHostetler was representing Prevezon in the US as part of civil asset-forfeiture and money-laundering case first brought against the firm in New York several years ago. Fusion was hired by BakerHostetler to dig up dirt on Bill Browder, an American investor whose Russian lawyer uncovered a massive Kremlin-backed tax fraud scheme that Prevezon was allegedly involved in. ”
“Fusion’s work for a law firm that represented a Russian client — BakerHostetler — and a law firm that represented Democratic clients — Perkins Coie — at virtually the same time appears to have given House and Senate Republicans fodder to conflate the two projects. Trump and other Republicans have alleged that Fusion was paid by Russians to research Trump’s ties to Russia.”
Another fake Uranium One scandal.
As for Devin Nunes, he continues to go rogue as he did with that wild jaunt to the WH in March where the Trump WH had him over to look at allegedly damning info about ‘unmasking.’
“As evidence of this purported bias, Fusion’s lawyers said Monday that Fusion’s bank is the only financial institution that the committee has subpoenaed this year.”
“It is still unclear whether committee Republicans even knew about Nunes’ subpoenas to Fusion, which included requests for documents and interviews. Committee Democrats have said they were left in the dark entirely.”
“They are ignoring a major national security issue and instead abusing the subpoena power to punish the company that helped expose it,” Fusion’s lawyer, Theodore Boutrous Jr., told Business Insider on Tuesday.
A Democratic committee source said Fusion’s claim about the subpoenas was accurate.
“Yes, as far as we are aware, that is the only bank to be subpoenaed,” the person said. The person added that the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff, ” has publicly called for the committee to subpoena Deutsche Bank as part of the investigation.”
So they still haven’t subpoenaed Deutsche but they HAVE gone after Fusion GPS” bank.
To say it again-it can’t be said enough-we need a Democratic Congress in 2018.
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