The republican Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Devlin Nunes has been at the center of a whirlwind of conspiracy theories resulting from a memo that he created from reviewing intelligence data in secured areas over a number of months.
He was the instigator of the March 2017 hoax, where he had purported to have uncovered intelligence data proving that the republican President Trump had some basis to be concerned that his office had been ordered to be wire-tapped by President Barack Obama, which turned out to be a totally contrived event.
Now, it appears that he is the director of a repeat performance, only this time, many other colleagues have joined him to use his memo to thrash the highly reputable institution, the FBI, and its Trump-Russian connections’ investigation being led by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III.
Rep. Devlin Nunes out of control behaviors intended to thrash a reputable institution in order to salvage President Trump’s bacon has been subjected to a scathing opinion piece by the largest newspaper in his hometown.
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On January 27, 2018, Avery Anapol of the Hill penned the following report, “Hometown newspaper editorial board: Nunes ‘doing dirty work’ to protect Trump”
“In the piece, the Bee’s editorial board refers to Nunes as President Trump’s “stooge” and criticizes him for prompting GOP attacks on the FBI with a classified memo that Republicans have latched onto as potential proof of political bias in the FBI.”
“[Nunes] certainly isn’t representing his Central Valley constituents or Californians, who care much more about health care, jobs and, yes, protecting Dreamers than about the latest conspiracy theory,” the editorial board wrote. “Instead, he’s doing dirty work for House Republican leaders trying to protect President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation.”
“Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, drafted the memo, which purports to detail surveillance abuses by the Obama administration as well as political bias in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the presidential election. House Republicans have been clamoring for it to be released.”
“Democratic members of the committee who have seen the memo claim it is full of “inaccuracies” and uncorroborated information. The #ReleaseTheMemo campaign on Twitter was found to be pushed by large numbers of Russia-linked bots.”
“The Department of Justice warned Nunes not to release the memo, saying it would be “extraordinarily reckless” to do so without having it reviewed by FBI and Justice Department officials given the classified information.”
“The Bee’s editorial calls Nunes’s performance as House Intelligence Committee chairman “nothing short of embarrassing” and accuses him of colluding with the White House to protect Trump rather than taking Russian interference in the 2016 election seriously.”
“The Bee also expresses intense skepticism about the memo, and writes that it is “ironic” that the GOP is working to “undermine” trust in the FBI. The memo has been a distraction from Mueller’s investigation.”
“Now we’re supposed to believe some Republicans that there’s some kind of anti-Trump ‘secret society’ within the FBI? It’s ridiculous,” the newspaper’s editorial board wrote.”
“Everyone — Republicans, Democrats, advocacy groups on all sides and the media — should do our democracy a favor: Stop with the hyperventilating and let Mueller finish his investigation and get to the truth.”