Congress

Devin Nunes Also Wants to Build a Border Wall

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

I shit you not, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) is reportedly planning to build a pillow fort in the committee's secure room so Democrats can't copy his answers to the big test.

From CBS News:

In a sign of increasing partisan hostilities, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee plan to construct a wall – a physical partition – separating Republican and Democratic staff members in the committee's secure spaces, according to multiple committee sources. It's expected to happen this spring.

It's an open question just how ridiculous one must be for fellow Republicans to call you out, but we may have reached that point.

"I'm not part of that decision," said Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas. "You've got to talk to Devin. I don't know what they're trying to do one way or the other."

"I swear to God I didn't know that," said Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Florida, when asked about the plan. While acknowledging a wall might not be constructive for the committee's work, he said, "The level of trust and the level of everything down there is – it's poison. It's absolute poison down there."

This reads like a story from The Onion, but I promise it isn't.

  • KPSilver

    did anyone else see the report that the WaPo interviewed Steele’s old boss in British intelligence and asked what course of action he would’ve taken if he found out a US presidential candidate was compromised by the Russians, and he responded “it reminds me of a situation years ago where I reported to the FBI that we had received intelligence that a US vice presidential candidate was compromised by the Russians.” I thought for a while about who that VP candidate could’ve been…. and came up with only one plausible person… Paul effin Ryan. It would explain why he continues to cover for these treasonist bastards, when you would think he’d be eager to boot Trump and Pence out considering that would result in President Ryan. But if he is implicated in the same plot, then his actions make much more sense. You have to wonder how far back this goes with the Republican party.

  • Aynwrong

    I have to comment again. Devin Nunes apparently believes that his staff doesn’t have the basic sense to place pages inside a manilla file folder or press the little button on the device that makes the screen go dark?!

    DEAR GOD!!!…

    • Nefercat

      He can’t comprehend that his staff might not be as stupid as he so obviously is.

  • muselet

    Rooney said one reason for the tension is an erosion of trust, exacerbated by an ongoing ethics investigation into the “entire Republican staff,” including “the woman up front that answers the phone” for alleged leaks. He later added that the matter was being handled by the Office of Congressional Ethics.

    Bipartisanship, he said, “is gone. It’s gone from that committee.”

    [link omitted]

    It is a puzzlement why bipartisanship no longer exists on the committee. After all, it’s not as if the chairman is writing memos intended to both protect his party’s leader and throw up an impenetrable smokescreen based on officially non-public information, right?

    That the Rs are planning to separate R and D staff of the House Intelligence Committee—a committee specifically intended to be bipartisan—indicates to me the Rs intend to let Devin Nunes keep playing silly buggers. If Paul Ryan were half the patriot! he proclaims himself to be, Nunes would have been replaced as chairman of hte committee as soon as he announced his non-recusal recusal.

    None of this is surprising, but it is disappointing.

    –alopecia

    • KanaW

      *g* I upvoted you not just because I agree wholeheartedly with your statements, but also for the usage of “it’s a puzzlement” and “playing silly buggers”! I love both of those phrases, and as far as I’m concerned they’re not used often enough nowadays.

      • muselet

        The English language is a fun toy. The world may be in a parlous state (Where are we going? And why are we in this handbasket?), but at least I can have a giggle and amuse others on occasion.

        –alopecia

        • KanaW

          And you succeeded well this evening. I needed that chuckle.

  • Aynwrong

    The Derp State™ is everywhere… Apparently.

  • Badgerite

    WTF. (Repeated many times.)

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