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Even Devin Nunes Knows It’s Time to Recuse Himself

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It’s time for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes to recuse himself from this investigation. He knows that. He’s compromised himself too much to be even remotely impartial, if that was ever going to happen. Nunes was part of President Pee Pee’s transition team, so the idea that he could lead an investigation into whether the president lied about being wiretapped was a stretch. But everyone, including Democrats, was willing to go with it.


Then he went missing and popped up at a press conference where he not only revealed that he’d seen information from a secret source but also alluded to the president’s original claims that he had, in fact, been wiretapped by the Obama administration. And get this: He didn’t even tell the rest of the folks on the committee what he’d found before he went live. This week, news broke that when Nunes was missing; turns out he was on White House grounds.


For those in the back of the class, yes, the man at the head of the investigation into wiretapping claims was given information on White House grounds, then briefed the president and held a press conference before he told other members of the committee.

Clearly, Nunes is in the president’s pocket, but I’m not sure what his end game is here. Some have argued that he merely wants to destroy the investigation, and if that is his sole purpose, then he’s doing a bang-up job. Others have claimed that Nunes has been evasive about the information he received, which was reported to be about legal wiretapping that may have picked up some within President TrumPutin’s staff, because he’s on the tapes. I like this theory because it fits with everything coming out of this messy administration, which, at this point, is an enigma wrapped in a riddle and falling into “the sunken place.” Like, nothing about this administration is what it appears, unless what is appearing is treasonous deception.

Nunes claims that he needed to be on White House grounds in order to use a computer to view classified documents.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), also a member of the House Intelligence Committee, disputed Nunes’ claims Tuesday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.


“It’s not an internet cafe. You can’t just walk in and receive classified information,” Swalwell said of Nunes’ visit to the White House. He added that when a member of Congress visits, “everyone in the building knows that you’re there in the building.”

“This is done because the White House wanted it to be done,” Swalwell said. “And this is what a cover-up to a crime looks like. We are watching it play out right now.”


Nunes knows that he didn’t need to go to the White House to view classified material; in fact, Swalwell noted that there are secure facilities for doing so at the Capitol. “If this was done the proper way, they could have brought it over, shared it with both parties of the committee,” he said.

But Nunes did what he wanted to do because he’s in Trump’s pocket, and it’s time to stop dancing around this fact. When the head of the investigation needs to be investigated, we’ve got a big problem.


But this isn’t new. The one thing this administration has taught America is that it is continuously full of shit, and Devin Nunes is merely part of the regime. Nunes’ time has come and passed, and even he knows that he’s a detriment to this investigation.

Senior Editor @ The Root, boxes outside my weight class, when they go low, you go lower.

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And since he’s just cancelled this week’s committee meetings (which were scheduled to include talks with heads of FBI and NSA, along with some random lady named Sally Yates), I’m supremely confident Nunes, along with the rest of this shitty administration, is waist deep in the cover-up portion of the proceedings.