Corruption

Busted: Nunes Secret Source Was the White House

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes made a spectacle of himself last week when he rushed to the White House to brief Trump on information allegedly proving he was wiretapped, leading the White House to declare that Trump was partially "vindicated."

Trump wasn't actually vindicated at all as Nunes quickly backed down and said he doesn't know if Trump or anyone close to him was recorded.

Some suspected Nunes's source was, in fact, the Trump White House, a suspicion that grew stronger after it was revealed that Nunes visited the White House just before he obliterated the credibility of the Intelligence Committee.

Those suspicions appear to have been proven true. According to the New York Times, Nunes's sources were Ezra Cohen-Watnick and Michael Ellis.

Several current American officials identified the White House officials as Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, a lawyer who works on national security issues at the White House Counsel’s Office and formerly worked on the staff of the House Intelligence Committee. [...]

The officials said that this month, shortly after Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter about being wiretapped on the orders of President Barack Obama, Mr. Cohen-Watnick began reviewing highly classified reports detailing the intercepted communications of foreign officials.

Watnick's name may be familiar because he was appointed by disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump personally intervened to keep him in place after Flynn resigned.

In other words, Trump may have personally ordered his pet on the National Security Council to provide information to the chairman of the Intelligence Committee which the chairman (who is suppose to be investigating the White House) then gleefully used to mislead the public.

This spectacularly bone-headed play manages to conveniently implicate Trump, a Flynn crony, and Devin Nunes. And this all started because Trump tweeted a stupid thing about President Obama and everyone close to Trump feels compelled to provide cover for him and his ego.

If lying about a blowjob is an impeachable offense, this definitely is. And Nunes should resign from office.

I'll have to write at length about this another time, but I feel like this is the end result of the relentless conspiracy-mongering of Darrell Issa, Jason Chaffetz, and Trey Gowdy. I've said it many times before; they turned congressional oversight into a partisan sideshow. Republicans in Congress spent years investigating the Obama Administration and found absolutely nothing. They've so thoroughly discredited themselves they're no longer even capable of exercising proper oversight. No one takes them seriously, especially not the Trump White House.

  • Badgerite

    Why don’t we just change our name to the Republic of Banania.

  • muselet

    In the universe in which Rs are competent, the abuse of congressional oversight would have been deliberate. That way, no one would take congressional investigations seriously when there was an R in the White House. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee beclowning himself would fit into a larger strategy.

    In this universe, the Rs lit their hair on fire and ran around in circles for what seems like an eternity, shrieking about emails and Benghazi! Benghazi!! Benghazi!!! for no readily-apparent reason (apart from trying to smear Hillary Clinton), and Devin Nunes simply decided his greater loyalty was to Donald Trump rather than to the country.

    We’re all a lot safer with incompetent evil people in government than with competent evil people, but this grows tiresome. I’m on board with impeaching everyone who can be impeached and indicting the rest.

    –alopecia

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    These people have such tremendous victimization complexes.

    It’s no wonder they think Obama was spying on them. Even when they have a sweep of every branch and the majority of states and virtually unchecked power, the only thing they can think about is how the Blue Shirts are “out to get them.”

    • Georgie

      I was checking Breitbarf today, they still have in for Clinton, I just find it so terribly bizarre.

      • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

        It’s like when Trump whines about how the media is asking questions about his staff’s ties to Russia while “ignoring” Clinton’s (supposed) ties to Russia (via the Uranium conspiracy theory).

        Well, NO SHIT. You’re the President of the United States and she’s not.

  • Aynwrong

    Any rational administration would never have held onto someone appointed by a disgraced embarrassment like Michael Flynn. Then again, a rational administration would never have appointed Flynn to be a dog catcher so…

    What an absolute joke this administration is. They have made the country into a global laughing stock. I’ll never again be able to hear the words Republican & patriot uttered in the same breath without having to resist the urge to shake my head.