Friday, February 2, 2018

Devin Nunes, a Partisan Political Hack...

Joe Walsh, a former congressmen and conservative talk radio host remembers Nunes for what he really is. A republican hack and fierce partisan more concerned about pleasing the republican conservative power base than doing the right thing for the right reasons. He makes the perfect trump lackey. Like trump he has little to no concern for the truth. Walsh, a tea party republican speaks honestly and to the point with respect to Nunes and his lack of character.

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 more 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.

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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.”


I agree. But it’s not Nunes’s style to care.

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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 of events — 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.

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It would not be at all surprising if our nation is soon facing a constitutional crises. Thanks to trump and his obvious attempts to obstruct justice.

UPDATE:

Basically the GOP obstructionists got nothing. As noted by one of their own, Trey Gowdy.

Trey Gowdy on the Memo: Contents Do Not Discredit Mueller’s Investigation
Outgoing congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has issued a post-FISA memo statement, and he says there’s no way it discredits Robert Mueller‘s ongoing investigations into Russia and the Trump Administration.

The House Oversight Committee chairman has been one of the top advocates for the memo’s release, having said over the past few days it would be a major source of embarrassment for congressional Democrats objecting to its release. Gowdy seemed particularly eager to inform the country about the allegations that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe sought a FISA warrant to investigate Trump in connection with Fusion GPS’ controversial dossier.

Now that the memo is out, Gowdy has taken to Twitter to say that even though the memo raises certain questions, the bulk of the intelligence/law enforcement community still has its integrity, and the memo does not discredit Mueller’s investigation:

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4 comments:

  1. What a Bunch of Scumbag Crooked Sons of Bitches

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  2. Yes, we completely concur. trump and his scores of lackeys are exactly that! Thanks for so noting Maharishi.

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  3. Are you two talking about Pelosi, Schumer, Schiff and Hoyer

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  4. Sure, if it makes you fell all warm and fuzzy inside.

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