Representative Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, was just blasted by a newspaper in his home state for staunchly defending Donald Trump over the “president’s” impeachment. “Devin Nunes has betrayed the truth, betrayed the trust of voters and, quite possibly, betrayed our country,” the Sacramento Bee editorial board wrote on Monday.
Indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas released documents that reveal that not only was Nunes’ aide Derek Harvey in frequent contact with Parnas but he also passed along Nunes’ contact information two days before the Intelligence Committee’s impeachment report indicated that a phone connected to Nunes made contact with a phone connected to Giuliani’s former associate. The newspaper called Nunes out on that.
“For months, Nunes has acted as Trump’s attack dog, defending the president from accusations that he pressured Ukraine to investigate Biden,” the paper stated. “Nunes sat in House Intelligence Committee meetings and derided the impeachment proceedings against Trump as a ‘hoax.’ Yet he was sitting on a ticking time bomb the entire time. The newly-released texts prove that Nunes’ staff also engaged in secret efforts to damage Biden.”
“Nunes knew the Ukraine allegations were true because his office was involved in the same plot. But he used his position in Congress as a platform to spread lies and mislead the public,” the editorial board continued. “During an interview with Fox News last year, Nunes denied any memory of a phone conversation with Parnas. Now that evidence has proven that Parnas spoke the truth, Nunes has backtracked. During a Fox News appearance on Friday, he admitted to a call with Parnas but sought to downplay its significance.”
“Even if you support President Trump, there’s no denying the fact that Nunes’ actions have backfired and will only hurt Trump,” the newspaper continued. “Knowing his own staff was neck-deep in an effort to smear Biden using foreign contacts, Nunes should have let someone else play defense. (And if Nunes didn’t know what Harvey was up to, why hasn’t he fired his aide?)”
The paper called Nunes out for “betraying the truth” and our country.
“Devin Nunes has betrayed the truth, betrayed the trust of voters and, quite possibly, betrayed our country. We don’t know exactly where this new evidence will lead, or what fate has in store for Nunes, but we do know this: The people of California’s 22nd congressional district deserve better,” the newspaper concluded.
Indeed, why hasn’t Nunes fired his aide — unless he’s protecting him because Derek Harvey has information that the California Republican is complicit in this shadowy smear job on Biden? Nunes is in a deep-red district, but at some point, a Republican needs to step up who doesn’t think defending a corrupt “president” is in his job description.
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