Some media outlets, including the Washington Post, are reporting that this morning Devin Nunes “recused” himself from the House intel committee’s Russia investigation. Notably, in his statement, Nunes did not use the word recuse. That was likely a deliberate choice.
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Earlier today, HPSCI Chair Devin Nunes announced he will “temporarily” recuse himself from his committee’s Trump/Russia/Surveillance investigation (in his stead, Representative Conaway will take the helm, with support from Representatives Gowdy and Rooney).
Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Devin Nunes announced this morning that he will be removing himself from the Committee’s investigation into Russian interference of the U.S. election.
Paging Devin Nunes: You'd better get yourself over to the White House to brief the President. Get this: The FBI is engaged in a pattern of incidental collection of information on US persons in the course of routine cybersecurity investigations. What's more, when agents do this collection, they are actually calling the US persons with threatening warnings.
Sound scary? Disturbing? Scandalous?
This morning, the Washington Post reported that the Justice Department sought to prevent former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates from testifying before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) as part of the committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election.
A few weeks ago, we argued for the need for the formation of a new congressional Select Committee to investigate the Russia Connection. Developments since the publication of that piece have only served to strengthen our argument. Others are making the same case.
Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, lit up the internet in back-to-back press conferences yesterday on the Hill and at the White House (see Ben, Susan and Quinta’s handy analysis). Nunes’s statements may be puzzling in isolation, but they make a lot more sense in the context of recent events and his own conduct over the last month.
Earlier today, Devin Nunes held a headline-making press conference on Capitol Hill in which he made the following statement:
In a tweet storm this morning, President Trump accused the Intelligence Community (IC) of leaking like a sieve and misread yet another opinion piece to support his line of reasoning.