aside US Congressional Representative Devin Nunes Is Messing With The Trump-Russian Probe, Again

Tom Meyer

As if the infamous US Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) first March 2017 escapades to muddy the waters regarding the FBI’s Trump-Russian probe weren’t enough, he is at it again.

Remember that is the March 2017 fiasco where the US House Intel Chair Devin Nunes and the White House orchestrated a cloak and dagger act starring Mr. Nunes as he shared with the press and the public, his discovery of supposedly relevant classified data, providing cover for President Trump’s fall-out over his claim that the former President Barack Obama had him wiretapped.

As the above described scenario became public, Mr. Nunes was supposed to recuse himself from having anything to do with the Trump-Russian saga as the US House Intel Chair, but then he couldn’t stand to honor the spirit of this commitment.

And then the US House legislators wonder why it is, that “we the people” lack faith in our US congressional lawmakers’ ability to competently and efficiently discharge their oversight duties with its investigation, looking into the Trump-Russian saga.

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On August 7, 2017, Julian Borger of the Guardian penned the following report, “Secretive search for man behind Trump dossier reveals tension in Russia inquiry.”

Excerpts:

“Attempt by two congressional staffers to contact former MI6 officer highlights fight for control over House intelligence committee’s investigation.”

“Two US congressional staffers who traveled to London in July (2017) and tried to contact former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele were sent by a longstanding aide to Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House intelligence committee and a close ally of the White House.”

Nick Anderson / Hearst Papers

“It was an intelligence committee trip although going to meet with the lawyer was not the sole purpose of the trip. They were also there on other committee business,” the official said, but he added he could not describe what else the committee staffers were doing in London.”

“Them being sent to meet with the lawyers was at the behest of the committee staff director,” the official added, speaking anonymously because of the sensitivity of the subject.”

“The House intelligence committee’s staff director is Damon Nelson, who worked as deputy chief of staff for Devin Nunes from 2003 until 2014 and then as a senior adviser before moving in 2015 to the staff of the committee which Nunes chairs. Nunes was a member of Trump’s transition team on security and enraged Democrats by maintaining close contact with the president and making a secret visit late at night to the White House in March to view supposedly secret information without telling other committee members.”

John Darkow / Columbia Daily Tribune

“Nunes stepped aside from the committee’s Russia investigation in April, months before the London trip, after becoming the subject of an inquiry by the House ethics panel into whether he disclosed classified information in a bid to discredit the Obama administration. The Republican congressman Mike Conaway took over Nunes’s duties directing the Russia inquiry. Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the committee, has since praised Conaway’s cooperation into investigating the links between the Trump campaign and Moscow, but has also complained that Nunes has continued to intervene in the investigation, despite his understanding to stay out of it pending the ethics inquiry.”

“The trip has brought back to the surface a continuing struggle for control of the committee’s investigation into Moscow’s role in the 2016 US election. The reliability of a dossier compiled by Steele, containing explosive allegations of extensive secret collusion between Trump and the Kremlin, is a key part of that investigation.”

R.J. Matson / Roll Call

“The two staffers turned up unannounced at Steele’s lawyers’ offices while the former MI6 officer was in the building, according to a report by Politico on Friday.But the committee’s leading Democrat, Adam Schiff, said on Sunday neither he nor his Republican counterpart had been informed about the staffers’ London trip.”

“A congressional official insisted, however, that the staffers were in London on official committee business. He said they had been told to make contact with Steele’s lawyers, rather than Steele himself.”

“It was an intelligence committee trip although going to meet with the lawyer was not the sole purpose of the trip. They were also there on other committee business,” the official said, but he added he could not describe what else the committee staffers were doing in London.”

Nate Beeler / Columbus Dispatch

“Them being sent to meet with the lawyers was at the behest of the committee staff director,” the official added, speaking anonymously because of the sensitivity of the subject.”

“The House intelligence committee’s staff director is Damon Nelson, who worked as deputy chief of staff for Devin Nunes from 2003 until 2014 and then as a senior adviser before moving in 2015 to the staff of the committee which Nunes chairs. Nunes was a member of Trump’s transition team on security and enraged Democrats by maintaining close contact with the president and making a secret visit late at night to the White House in March to view supposedly secret information without telling other committee members.”

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“Nunes stepped aside from the committee’s Russia investigation in April, months before the London trip, after becoming the subject of an inquiry by the House ethics panel into whether he disclosed classified information in a bid to discredit the Obama administration. The Republican congressman Mike Conaway took over Nunes’s duties directing the Russia inquiry. Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the committee, has since praised Conaway’s cooperation into investigating the links between the Trump campaign and Moscow, but has also complained that Nunes has continued to intervene in the investigation, despite his understanding to stay out of it pending the ethics inquiry.”

“Schiff said on Sunday that neither of them had been told about the London visit aimed at establishing contacts with a key witness.”

“I wasn’t aware of it, and I don’t think Mr Conaway was either,” Schiff told CNN. “But the reality is we do want to meet with Mr Steele, would like him to come before the committee. If he’s not willing to do that, we’d be happy – Mr Conaway and myself – to go to London to sit down with him. He does have, certainly, very relevant information that would assist our investigation.”

“Steele’s dossier on Trump’s alleged collusion with the Russian government was compiled in 2016 for a Washington research company, Fusion GPS, and commissioned by Trump’s election opponents, first Republicans in the primaries, and then Democrats.”

“It was presented by Republican senator John McCain to the then FBI director, James Comey, in December, and has since been part of a wide-ranging inquiry into possible collusion, now under the control of special counsel Robert Mueller.”

“A congressional official insisted it would not be unusual for a committee staff director to organise a foreign fact-finding trip on his own authority.”

“However, Adam Blickstein, a former Democrat spokesman on the House intelligence committee, said he found that unlikely in such a sensitive investigation.”

“In this specific scenario, I can’t imagine a staff director sending two staffers on this trip without the chairman knowing about it,” Blickstein said.”

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“I find the fact that they presumably spent taxpayer money to undertake such a hyper-partisan and unprofessional effort extremely troubling,” John Sipher, a former senior CIA officer said in an emailed comment. “There are normal ways to do this through our existing institutions, and their relationships with our British partners. This is bad on many levels.”

“Republicans that are part of the House investigation should not be undertaking efforts without informing their Democratic colleagues,” Sipher added. “ Mr Steele was a professional who worked on important and compatible issues with the US. He deserves better than being ambushed by a bunch of hacks.”

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4 comments

  1. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    Would it not be prudent to point out that the Clinton campaign staff had knowledge of this report and while they were aware of the damage that it could do to tRump and his family, they chose not to use it for political gain. As we have seen by the actions of Donnie (dumdum jr.), we can not say the same for tRump, his family or his staff! Yet they continue to claim that Hillary was/is a criminal that belongs in prison, and the tRump and his staff even when caught deny, deny and deny some more! It is sort of like a child that when caught with a cookie in each hand, cookie crumbs on his chin still denying he was in the cookie jar!

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      DDT makes HRC look like Mother Teresa in comparison. It just so happens that if you ask any of the folks who voted for DDT if they regret their vote, you’ll hear the same refrain, “at least HRC did not make it to the WH. DDT’s base just despises her that much which is hard to fathom as DDT’s sins are so much worse in every possible category. But then facts are immaterial with DDT’S BASE.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear Keith,

      The question remains, why is Rep Nunes contining to act like this. He hails from California, but at this point, he needs to have a someone of stature to challenge him at his next election.

      As per a 5/30/17 LA Times report by Sarah D. Wire, “House Select Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told hundreds of local Republicans at a recent private fundraiser that congressional investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election are about Democrats trying to justify Hillary Clinton’s loss.”

      “The Democrats don’t want an investigation on Russia. They want an independent commission. Why do they want an independent commission? Because they want to continue the narrative that Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are best friends, and that’s the reason that he won, because Hillary Clinton would have never lost on her own; it had to be someone else’s fault,” Nunes told Republicans the day after he stepped away from leading the House investigation.”

      “His remarks were recorded on video and provided to The Times.”

      And this is the guy who was the chair of the US House Intel committee.

      Hugs, Gronda

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