Ethics

Devin Nunes Steps Down and He’s Under Investigation

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) has stepped down from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election as he is now the one under investigation.

The House Ethics Committee is investigating whether Nunes improperly disclosed classified information.

The Ethics Committee is truly bipartisan, with an equal number of Democrats and Republicans. The 18(a) investigation, as its known, has subpoena power and may also look into what Nunes told Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump when he briefed them following his March 22 press conference.

"The committee notes that the mere fact that it is investigating these allegations, and publicly disclosing its review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee," it said in a statement.

Whether or not you believe what Nunes did helped or hurt Trump or the investigation is immaterial. The fact is he blabbed about it and discussing the existence (or non-existence) of a FISA warrant is illegal. FISA warrants, issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, are classified regardless of who the target is. Nunes was not authorized to publicly discuss it.

It's amusing that toadies who tried to assuage Trump's ego may be among the first people to go down. This all started because Trump tweeted a stupid thing about President Obama and people close to Trump engaged in a desperate search for something that would retroactively prove him right.

The Ethics Committee investigation could very well become its own shitshow, but it's significant that it's even happening.

  • waspuppet

    “This all started because Trump tweeted a stupid thing about President Obama and people close to Trump engaged in a desperate search for something that would retroactively prove him right.”

    They, as well as Our Liberal Media, are desperately trying to disappear this fact. We really can’t let them.

  • muselet

    Devin Nunes knows full well what he did wasn’t entirely within the law and the rules of the House, which is why his statement is so defensive:

    Several leftwing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics. The charges are entirely false and politically motivated, and are being leveled just as the American people are beginning to learn the truth about the improper unmasking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power. Despite the baselessness of the charges .…

    Yadda yadda yadda, you get the idea.

    According to an article in the LA Times this week, people in his district still think the guy is aces—it helps that he was born and raised in the area—which will put Paul Ryan in an awkward position if the Ethics Committee drops the hammer on Nunes (at least we’ll get some entertainment out of this fiasco).

    –alopecia

    • Christopher Foxx

      just as the American people are beginning to learn the truth about the improper unmasking of the identities of U.S. citizens

      How tiresomely predictable. A Republican does something wrong and gets called on it, and his knee-jerk reaction is a “Look! Over there!” and claim that some other (obviously imaginary) thing is what people are really interested in.

      Trump complains that the investigation into his Russian connects is nothing and what really should be looked into is what Clinton did. Nunes claims his lawbreaking isn’t the real issue, it’s Rice’s perfectly legal actions that folks care about. Etc. etc. etc.

  • Aynwrong

    Nunes had zero interest in investigating anything Trump/Russia related. He was functioning strictly as Trump’s Public Relations stunt man. Unfortunately one of the people who will be taking over for him is Trey Gowdy who is one of the lunatic witch hunters of the Benghazi Industrial Complex.©®™ So were probably just going to be handed more paranoid Republican fan fiction about Susan Rice and whatever X-Files style conspiracy R’s always believe in but can never find any proof of.

    Same as it ever was…

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Bush Jr: A Presidency so terrible it converted an entire generation (millenials) into staunch liberals.

    Obama: A Presidency so scandal free and competent, it confirmed their belief that the Democratic Party is the only party capable of leading.

    Trump: A Presidency so hopelessly inept, it will convert an entire second generation (whatever is behind the millenials) into staunch liberals as well.

    —–

    Look at the bright side, folks, once demographic changes kick in (these kids get old enough and the boomers die off), this country is going to take a hard left. And it’s going to stay there for a long time.

    • Holy Baby Jeebus on a Cheese Cracker, I hope you’re right!

    • swift_4

      I’ve heard that one before. You overestimate the connection between what happens and what people believe.

      • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

        Well it’s either that or I drink myself into an early grave, so pick one.

        • swift_4

          If you’re a happy drunk, I’d go with that. Otherwise, try to get people off of social media.

        • Victor the Crab

          I recommend Captain Morgan’s Black Spiced Rum over Diet A&W Root Beer. A lot of it. Because those selfish, self absorbed millennials of today will easily become tomorrow’s right. The boomers of the sixties have become the teabaggers of today. And millennials are less aware than the boomers were back then.

          America is fucked beyond belief. And there isn’t a God damn thing anyone can do about it.

    • Aynwrong

      I’m skeptical. I felt that way after Bush Jr. as well. Then watched as the Dems got slowly decimated in Congress and governorships over the next eight years. I don’t know what it takes for enough people to permanently cut loose of the GOP.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Bush Jr, yeah I can see that. But after competent and scandal-free Obama we also got the Millennial snowflakes who decided he wasn’t perfect enough and the real answer was Sanders, Stein or staying home as some stupid form of protest.

      And, unfortunately, we don’t see a lot of them changing that view. They’re not letting their butt-hurt go and keep focusing on what should have been over what we need to do now. You see this every time someone posts another “Sanders would have won” or “But her emails!” comment.

      Come the mid-terms I can easily see these folks doing their self-destructive “protest” votes rather than sucking it up and voting effectively.

      • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

        I appreciate the sentiment, but Millenials aren’t to blame. All stripes failed to turn out for her. You can’t pin the whole thing on any one demographic. Married white women failed spectacularly, too.

        I would also point you in the direction of Russia if you’re looking for someone to blame.

        Semi-related: I just started a show called The Great Indoors which is hysterical about Millenials. I strongly recommend it.

        ——–

        And, to reiterate: Sanders would have been a superior President. He was (probably) not a superior candidate.

        • Christopher Foxx

          All stripes failed to turn out for her.

          Fair enough. It wasn’t just Millennials. But what all those stripes had in common was the snowflake and/or “not voting for anything less than perfection” attitude. And I haven’t seen that change.

          As for Sanders, I don’t agree he would have been a superior President. He would still have had to work with Congress to get his utopian legislations passed and I’ve seen nothing to indicate he’d have been particularly good at that. Obama was, and see how difficult it was for him. For Sanders, who is far less centrist, it would have be even harder to get support for his plans. And he’s shown no exceptional ability to rally congressional support for his more radical views.

      • Scopedog

        Come the mid-terms I can easily see these folks doing their self-destructive “protest” votes rather than sucking it up and voting effectively.

        Some will–but I believe the majority will turn out and vote. I think they’re getting a very harsh lesson about what happens when you don’t vote, and none of the bullshit being spewed out by Sarandon, Stein, Hedges, Goodman, Tracey, or any other alt-Left dingus who sears that voting is for suckers will change their minds.

        • Victor the Crab

          No.

          They’ll keep whining and complaining as always about wanting their candidates to live up to their purity standards, or else they’ll take their privilege and go home. See Susan Sarandon – aka, Susie Snowflake – the den mother of the bumhurt left as an example of what happens when the giant diaper babies don’t get what they feel is theirs.

          America is fucked beyond belief. And there isn’t a God damn thing anyone can do about it.

          • Christopher Foxx

            See Susan Sarandon – aka, Susie Snowflake – the den mother of the bumhurt left as an example of what happens

            Indeed. I watched a few minutes of her appearance on Colbert’s Late Show just to see if she’s learned any lesson or dialed things back a bit.

            Nope. Still full steaming ahead. Now with the idea that Trump as President is a good thing because it will bring on the revolution faster. I swear, if you’d broken your leg and were waiting for the ambulance she’d probably tell you the best thing would be to cut the whole limb off because that would get the ambulance there faster.

          • Christopher Foxx

            America is fucked…

            Kinda, yeah.

            … And there isn’t a God damn thing anyone can do about it.

            Very much no. And insisting there isn’t is just another variation on the excuses Sarandon and here ilk like dragging out. “Nothing we can do about it” is no different than “The candidate doesn’t meet my purity standards”. Both are just excuses snowflakes use to excuse themselves from responsibility and from having to make an effort.

            If America is truly fucked, it’s due to that attitude.

          • Victor the Crab

            Well good luck in your personal crusade to change things for the better.

          • Christopher Foxx

            Well good luck in your personal crusade to change things for the better.

            But it’s not my personal crusade. It’s something millions are working on. And, fortunately, “don’t count on me for any help, but I’ll happily share the rewards after you do all the work” folks like you are in a shrinking minority.

          • Victor the Crab

            Yeah well, keep on rolling that giant boulder up that steep hill, Chrissy. And don’t be surprised if Turtle Boy McConnell and his army of henchmen in the GOP successfully drive a bulldozer down that hill and flatten you into a bloody spot on the road. Of course, the way things are headed, you should be more worried about finding a fallout shelter to live in.

          • Christopher Foxx

            I prefer Christopher. Thanks.

            And you keep burying that head in the sand, Victor. We’ll let you know when it’s safe to come out.

            I’ve no doubt, once we’ve put in the effort to get things turned around, you’ll pop out of your hole and regale us all with stories of all the great things you did towards that effort.

          • Victor the Crab

            Nah, I’ll be on the side being my old snarky, cynical self as always Chrissy, no matter the outcome. Even if somehow the right side comes out victorious it will be short lived, as always. Evil never rest. It never does. See after 2008 when Obama first won the presidency and the Democrats won control of the House and Senate. The Republicans have the game rigged and the Liberally Biased Mainstream Media™ are along as patsies. But I have no doubt you’ll have the victory celebrations planned. Well don’t count your chickens yet before they hatch.

          • Christopher Foxx

            I prefer Christopher. Thanks.

    • waspuppet

      I want to think you’re right, but jeez I’ve been hearing it for about 25 years. I’d like to actually be alive when it happens.

    • Scopedog

      I hope so. Because some of those liberals still threw their votes away on idiots like Stein and Johnson, and some decided to sit it out because “both parties are the same” or “Hillary is worse than Trump!!”

      Still, you got a point there. My problem is that despite the evidence showing that eight years of Clinton and later eight years of Obama did the country a helluva lot of good–as compared to eight years of Bush II’s muck and the shitstorm of the first few months of Ol’ Yellow Stain–that there will be some who will say, “Well, why not take a chance with that GOP guy, even though he sounds like a madman? I mean, populism!!”

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    BUT HER EMAILS!!!!