aside House Speaker Ryan’s Judgement As Republican Leader Is Faulty/ President Releases Memo

 

President Trump hopes the release of the disputed memo by Trump loyalist, Rep Devin Nunes, discredits the FBI and Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump-Russia collusion and obstruction.

When you read the following op-ed piece by the republican Joe Walsh, a former colleague of Rep. Devin Nunes, you can’t help but wonder about what the US House Speaker Paul Ryan was thinking when he placed a republican hyper-partisan as the chair of the House’s Intel Committee. Rep. Devin Nunes is in a safe seat from a very conservative district in California. He will be lauded by the right to where he will be declared their hero. However, Speaker Ryan of Wisconsin is facing stiff competition from the Democratic candidate Randy Bryce.

The US House Intelligence Committee is supposed to be one of the last bastions of non-partisanship and/ or bipartisanship in the US Congress. It was set up to assist the lawmakers in the performance of their oversight duties, where the intelligence community had agreed to share intelligence data, in return of  securing these committee members promise not leak or share any classified material that they view with those outside of the committee.

Instead, because of the House Speaker Ryan’s inappropriate appointment, republican members led by their Chairman Devin Nunes  have turned a committee which had been one of the last bastions of non-partisanship into a partisan arm of the presidency.  His committee was supposed to be conducting an independent investigation about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

How can they explain away their voting to publicly release a memo involving the collection from classified material, without having it vetted/ de-classified by at least by the Justice Department’s Inspector General who already had been conducting a year long investigation of possible FBI wrong doing.? They are doing this in the face of the US Department of Justice and FBI officials having publicly asked them not to do this. The FBI has released the following 1/31/18 statement,  “As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

On February 2, 2018, the republican President Donald Trump  has authorized the release of the memo without any redactions. It has been passed over to the US House Intelligence Committee to take the final steps to release it into the public domain which they have done. See the transcript #1: Transcript: House Intelligence Committee Meeting Regarding the Memo /Lawfare .. Transcript #2 Full transcript of the GOP House memo by Devin Nunes — Quartz

Here’s the rest of the story…

On February 2,2018, Joe Walsh of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Devin Nunes is acting like a partisan hack. That’s how I remember him.” (“My former colleague doesn’t seem to grasp what his job in Congress is.”)

Excerpts:

I served in Congress with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). Based on my experience working with him, nothing about the way he’s behaving now as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence — overseeing part of the so-called Russia-Trump investigation — is particularly shocking.

The Nunes I knew was a purely partisan animal. When it comes to exercising good judgment and discharging his duties in service of the Constitution, he’s just not up to the task.

“He saw everything through a Republican vs. Democrat lens. In weekly conference meetings for Republican House members, Nunes was always one of then-Speaker John A. Boehner’s or Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s go-to lieutenants, willing to tout the party line and make sure the rest of us lined up like obedient boys and girls. During my brief tenure, I was one of the  outspoken tea party members, regularly at odds with leadership when it came to budget or government-funding legislation. I still vividly recall Nunes lambasting us as obstinate obstructionists on many occasions, trying to bend us to leadership’s will on votes that went against our principles. With Nunes, I found it was all about politics, almost never about policy.”

“At one meeting, we were fighting over passing some budget resolution, and leadership had Nunes go to the mic, where he said something like: You tea party extremists are the problem. You’re making the Republican Party look dysfunctional. If you keep this up, Romney is going to lose in 2012. Well, Mitt Romney lost. The GOP looks dysfunctional now. And either way, I didn’t go to D.C. to get Romney, or anyone else, elected. I went to stop D.C. from bankrupting the country.”

“So it doesn’t surprise me to see Nunes today, acting more like the chairman of the president’s reelection campaign than chairman of the Intelligence Committee. He wants to please whomever he sees as the person or people running the show. Back then, it was House GOP leadership. Now it’s President Trump. And it’s pretty clear Nunes has decided his job is to protect Trump no matter what collateral damage results. How else do you explain his careless and dangerous rush to release his already infamous “memo”?”

“The FBI and Trump’s Justice Department have practically begged Nunes, and Trump, not to release it. Urging his fellow Republicans not to release the memo, Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) said, “We can’t let the politics of the moment cloud our judgment.”

But it’s not Nunes’s style to care.”

“Instead, he’s doubling down on the farce that he started when he tried to steer the Russia investigation in the direction of documents the White House fed him that were meant to put the blame on Obama’s national security adviser, Susan E. Rice. But that’s not his job. He’s supposed to be sorting out a high-stakes national security crisis, not scoring political points. I’m a Trump supporter, and I’m definitely no fan of Rice, but if Nunes can’t keep his eye on the ball, he shouldn’t be running any part of the investigation, and he shouldn’t be chairman.”

“The congressional intelligence committees traditionally function as some of the least partisan committees — as they should. Oversight for security threats to this country is too great a responsibility to let committee business devolve into finger-pointing and score-settling along party lines, but that’s exactly where the level of discourse has gone under Nunes’s “leadership.” He’s not searching for truth, he’s running interference for the White House, abdicating his role as a member of a coequal branch of government, dragging his fellow committee members down with him and exposing House leadership as ineffectual and foolish.”

“As a former congressman — but more important, as a citizen — that’s not what I want. I want transparency because I believe that we need to get to the end of the Russia investigation and let Trump get back to being Trump on behalf of the American people. Whatever is happening now isn’t that.”

“If Nunes’s investigation and memo are about transparency, if he and the president have confidence in their case, then the committee should release the memo, with Nunes’s version of events — and the Democrats’ memo, with their version — at the same time. To the extent they can do this without disclosing classified sources and methods, they should release the underlying intelligence both memos are based on. Hell, at this point, they should release the FISA warrant the memo apparently alludes to. If they don’t, Nunes and anyone who backs him should be ashamed.”

“Some issues have to be partisan. Here, Nunes is at risk of turning what should be a nonpartisan issue — a foreign government trying to interfere in our election — into a game.”

6 comments

  1. Gronda, you already know how I feel, but the words of Senator John McCain, another man of integrity, are pertinent. Today, he said:

    “The latest attacks against the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests ― no party’s, no President’s, only Putin’s,” McCain added. “The American people deserve to know all the facts surrounding Russia’s ongoing efforts to subvert our democracy, which is why Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation must proceed unimpeded. Our nation’s elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the lens of politics and manufacturing political sideshows. If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him.”

    Ryan showed no leadership. McCain does. And, for the record, Mueller is respected by both parties as a man of integrity and one who has exhibited history of upholding the constitution. He is an ex-Marine and a Republican. Nunes, per your other post, has zero credibility and is very tribal. The President is not known for integrity, but is known for his untruthfulness.

    So, per Occam’s Razor, what is easier to believe, that a vast conspiracy against Donald Trump exists or that a man known for his untruthfulness is lying yet again?

    Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      Both President Trump and Rep. Nunes are liars and they both look, act, talk like Russian assets.

      Like you, I have called every republican senator and congress persons on the House intel committee. I harped on the issue of the memo but also on recently observing republican leaders lying to us.

      I told them that their talking point that “Americans don’t care about the Russia issue, is a lie. I argued that “we the people” are being disrespected and mistreated. I explained that yes the economy is better but this is comparable to living in a mansion while being constantly abused. The person ends up just wanting to be treated with decency and would gladly do with less.

      I said a few other blessed words when I had the opportunity.

      I took the time to already blog on Sen McCain’s response as it was right on point.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    Ok, I read the memo, and I suppose that while the authors (meaning King Donnie and his cartel) must expect me to be shocked, I was not! This whole memo was simply a rehash of the very explicit non truths that the alleged leadership of the GOP has been putting out for most of the last year. I would ask this, if the law that authorizes the court to issue these warrants could be so easily manipulated, as they claim, then why did those fine law and order GOP members vote overwhelmingly to continue the use of those courts? Is this simply another one of those “do as I say and not as I do moments”? This whole attempt at shielding King Donnie from his criminal acts is sort of like a man jumping off the side of a high bridge and then yelling “how deep is the water” not being smart enough to realize the bridge is in the middle of the desert!

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    • While it will not happen, wouldn’t it be great if the Democrats leadership would take out massive ad’s explaining that this memo was probably written by the same person that wrote the memo about the visit that little Donnie had with the Russians where they discussed child care issues…

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      • Dear Crustyolemothman,

        You are so right. That does make for a lovely fantasy..

        Although I am convinced that the WH worked with the Rep. Nunes staff, there exists no solid proof yet. Let’s see if all the investigative journalists can’t uncover something. They are thinking the same way, we are.

        Hugs, Gronda

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  3. Dear Crustyolemothman,

    What a surprise that there is a bit of hypocrisy going on here. I did watch Rep. Devin Nunes take to the floor of the US Congress in mid-January 2018 to argue to extend the FISA law including the controversial Section 702.

    Section 702 is the part of the law that allows the US government to collect communications, such as emails and phone records, of foreigners on foreign soil without a warrant. While the law targets non-US citizens, civil rights critics warn the government may incidentally monitor US citizens who are communicating with non-US citizens outside the United States. This is how Carter Page was snared.

    He certainly has a lot of chutzpah.

    Hugs, Gronda

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