It’s Time to Start Talking About Formal Charges Being Brought Against Rep. Devin Nunes

Maybe I’m oversimplifying things a bit, but I’m not sure how Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is still trusted as a congressman, let alone chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. If you ask me, this guy should be facing some sort of federal charges for clearly trying to obstruct a congressional investigation.

What am I missing here?

Didn’t reports just come out exposing the fact that the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee had a secret meeting with his “source” on White House grounds? The same source he refuses to identify¬†who supposedly gave him the “intelligence” he then shared with Donald Trump during a rather unprecedented meeting that bypassed ranking members of his own committee.

Then despite requests by other members of the committee to see this intelligence, even though they have the same level of clearance that he has, he’s refused to show anyone (but Trump, of course) this information.

That doesn’t even pass a basic common sense test. If this information “vindicated” Trump’s ridiculous conspiracy, as “Commander-in-Chief,” he could easily order it declassified and made public for all the world to see. Even if they didn’t want to go that far with it, there’s absolutely no reason why Nunes can’t show it to other members of the House Intelligence Committee.

For the record, the only way Nunes could have been allowed on White House grounds was if someone had cleared him. So, that begs the question: Who cleared the visit by Nunes to the White House?

Now Nunes abruptly cancelled this week’s hearings about Trump’s Russian ties when former acting Attorney General Sally Yates was set to testify — the same day reports surfaced indicating the White House was trying to block her from being able to testify at that very same hearing.

If you recall, Yates was fired by Trump for refusing to enforce his original travel ban. She was also the same person who notified the White House weeks before Michael Flynn resigned as national security advisor that he wasn’t being honest about what he had discussed with Russian officials.

Let’s do a quick rundown of all of this:

  • March 20th: FBI Director James Comey publicly says there’s no evidence Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower and, for the first time, acknowledges that there’s an on-going investigation into whether or not Trump or members of his campaign colluded with the Russian government during the election.
  • March 21st: Nunes has a secret meeting on White House grounds with a supposed source who gave him intelligence about possible “incidental collection” of Trump transition team communications.
  • March 22nd: Nunes bypasses normal protocol of taking that information to the ranking members of the House Intelligence Committee, instead going directly to Donald Trump, where he effectively hands him the very talking point he’d need to continue pushing his fictional conspiracy about Obama wiretapping Trump Tower.
  • March 23rd: Nunes apologizes to the House Intelligence Committee for his behavior the prior day — yet still hasn’t shared that information with the rest of the committee.
  • March 27th: For the first time we find out that Nunes had that secret meeting on March 21st on White House grounds, a week after it took place — a week where Nunes kept it hidden from the public.
  • March 28th: Nunes abruptly cancelled all House Intelligence Committee meetings scheduled this week — the same day reports surfaced accusing the White House of trying to block Sally Yates from being able to testify at those very same suddenly-cancelled meetings.

But Nunes is someone who Republicans continue to insist should be part of this investigation.

Are you kidding me?

Forget the debate over whether or not he should be involved in this investigation, I’m not sure how we’re not seeing more calls for possible obstruction charges as it seems pretty damn obvious he’s working to undermine this investigation for Trump’s benefit.

Or is this like with everything Russia-related, are Trump and his supporters going to claim that this is all just a “big coincidence”? You know, “nothing to see here — more FAKE NEWS!”

While there’s clearly more evidence that we all need to know, common sense is telling me that Nunes, a former member of Trump’s transition team, is trying to undermine congressional investigations concerning collusion between Trump, his associates, and the Russian government.

Forget simply recusing himself from any investigation, Nunes should resign from Congress and potentially face charges of trying to obstruct a congressional investigation concerning possible treason committed by Donald Trump and his campaign.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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