“People familiar with the Intelligence committee's work estimated Nunes's effective veto cost Democrats dozens of requests for interviews and documents that were never sent out.” Dems also wanted to invite Sessions and Don Jr back for a second round but Nunes resisted. https://t.co/zY3A2Ysjje
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) December 31, 2017
Devin Nunes, targeting Mueller and the FBI, alarms Democrats and some Republicans with his tactics https://t.co/JXYxyvfRcK
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) December 31, 2017
And I, for one, sincerely hope he’ll get busted for obstruction along with all his fellow Trump-enablers:
Rep. Devin Nunes, once sidelined by an ethics inquiry from leading the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia probe, is reasserting the full authority of his position as chairman just as the GOP appears poised to challenge special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials…
Although Nunes has not officially wrested his panel’s Russia probe back from the Republicans he deputized to run it, the chairman’s reemergence as a combative Trump loyalist has raised alarm among Democrats that the future of the investigation may be clipped short or otherwise undermined. Even some of Nunes’s GOP allies have expressed concern about his tactics, prompting rare public warnings that he should temper his attacks on federal law enforcement.
“I’m interested in getting access to the information and not the drama,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said last month, when Nunes began threatening contempt citations for FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein in the wake of revelations that former Mueller team members had exchanged anti-Trump texts…
[Ed: When Trey “Endless Benghazi Hearings” Gowdy thinks one of his fellows is maybe showboating a little much… ]
The packed schedule, sometimes featuring two or three overlapping interviews per day, has sparked complaints from Democrats that it is impossible to fully prepare for or monitor the investigation’s progress. Even when members are able to focus on one witness at a time, people familiar with the probe said, relevant requested documents often fail to materialize until after the interview has concluded — and the interviewees are hardly ever invited back.
The order of interviews has also been a point of ongoing dispute. While Senate Intelligence Committee leaders boast of a methodical process that starts with peripheral players and builds to key witnesses, the House Intelligence Committee’s order is comparatively haphazard and unstructured — almost designed, critics say, to give the probe a “veneer of respectability” while effectively giving investigators whiplash…
Nunes basically did a tuck-and-roll out of a moving Uber one night to run to the White House and cover for Trump — and NOW they notice something is off? https://t.co/5c3kQYyxhU
— shauna (@goldengateblond) January 2, 2018
Reminder: This is not just about Nunes, Gowdy, Grassley. The entire Republican Party has been all too willing to, at the very least, look the other way while the Trump Crime Cartel loots our country and flouts our laws.
It’s worth noting that Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell are totally fine with the effort to undermine the investigation and smear law enforcement officials https://t.co/smRaiigBFA
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) December 31, 2017
#TrumpRussia @RepAdamSchiff "There are two categories of Republicans in Congress: those who will burn down the House to protect trump, and those who will stand mute while they do it." Via @MaddowBlog pic.twitter.com/GB3G5R03gq
— Ed Joyce (@EdJoyce) December 31, 2017