Embattled Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) who is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and is currently leading the investigation into Russia’s involvement in our recent election, was defiant with the media on Tuesday when he told them that he would most certainly NOT be recusing himself from the investigation. When asked if he would continue to lead the investigation, he answered simply “Why would I not?” When asked if the investigation would continue with him leading the charge, he replied, “Why would it not?”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) agreed on Monday that Nunes had no reason to step aside.
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BREAKING: House Speaker Paul Ryan stands by Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes, says no need for him to step aside in Russia probe.
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And Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) who is on the intelligence committee was even more emphatic that Nunes stay aboard.
The Times’ headline, by the way, could just as easily have read “Calls Grow for Nunes to Stay on in Inquiry on Surveillance.” Last night, Rep. Trey Gowdy said that, “Jesus would not be a satisfactory chairperson to some of my Democratic colleagues.” Rep. Peter King, just as much (or little) a partisan as Pelosi, came out in defense of Nunes. As did others. These “calls” are just as real. (It’s also important to remember that GOP hawks who have been critical of Nunes — though none have asked for recusal – are also defenders of the NSA’s wide authority under Section 702.)
Gowdy told CBS’ John Dickerson on Sunday that the Democrat anger over the timeline of Nunes’ revelations was much ado about nothing.
My understanding is that Chairman Nunes briefed the commander in chief on matters unrelated to the Russian investigation, so if that is big deal in Washington, then we have sunk to a new low…
That the chairman of house intel briefed the commander in chief that has nothing to do with the Russian investigation. So if the commander in chief cannot be briefed by the chairperson of the House Intel Committee on a matter that has nothing to do with the FBI investigation, then I don’t know what they can talk about, John… He’s the Commander-in-Chief!
In a conversation with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly on Monday night, Nunes said that the only reason Democrats want him to step aside is because they know he ‘gets to the bottom’ of things.
We have long had an investigation going on regarding Russia and Putin’s intention and we are investigating leaks as they relate to Russia. Last week I also found out that there was additional information that has nothing to do with Russia, but has to do with whether Americans were properly masked in surveillance operations…
I’m not sure the Democrats do want me to quit because they know that I am quite effective at getting to the bottom.
Over at the Federalist David Harsanyi has a great piece explaining why there is no reason for Nunes to step aside in this investigation.