Nunes is Trying to Sabotage the House Russia Probe

By on October 11, 2017
Rep. Devin Nunes

House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has gone rogue on his own committee, issuing subpoenas to Fusion GPS as part of an investigation that he’s supposed to be recused from…but obviously isn’t. CNN first reported the subpoenas, which were signed off on by all Republican members of the panel but hidden from Democrats, which tells you all you need to know about committee’s desire to conduct a fair and thorough investigation.

Back in April, Nunes held clandestine meetings with the White House through back channels (and without his committee’s knowledge) to give the President updates about classified intelligence that had come to light from the Russia probe. The resulting pressure forced Nunes to recuse himself from the Intelligence Committee’s Russia probe, but this latest report only confirms what many have suspected for months — Nunes is running his own game on the sidelines and is deliberately trying to undermine the actual investigation.

Fusion GPS attorney Joshua A. Levy responded to the subpoenas in a statement on Tuesday by saying that, “if Rep. Nunes were serious about HPSCI’s stated mission, he would start by reviewing the 10 hours of voluntary testimony that Fusion co-founder Glenn Simpson provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this summer.”

Levy went on to say that, “Nunes in bad faith, unilaterally broke our discussions with committee staff and abruptly demanded that my clients submit to a fresh inquiry.”

With Nunes allegedly (but not really) recused, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) has been the GOP puppet in charge of the probe. He reportedly signed off on the subpoenas, too. According to CNN’s reporting, however, Democrats say the move was undertaken, “without the minority’s agreement and despite good faith engagement thus far by the witnesses on the potential terms for voluntary cooperation.”

At every turn, Nunes has done his level best to try to ruin this investigation. Ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has been a stern voice of opposition, however, but for now it remains to be seen how he will respond to this latest overt act of sabotage.