Attempting to run interference for Trump, House Republicans designed and released a carefully curated list of classified information that attempts to spin the investigation(s) into Trump’s campaign into something partisan and nefarious. The memo, which has been roundly mocked for disproving its own central premise, is apparently only the beginning.
After releasing the memo, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) went on Fox News to talk about the memo and what he referred to as “phase two” of his “investigation.” Apparently, he thinks he’s going to investigate the Department of State and find wrongdoing. More likely, he’s trying to cover both Trump and himself from further attention for their criminal behavior. According to POLITICO,
‘The California Republican also said that the memo was phase one of their investigation and that his committee is currently investigating other departments, including the State Department.
‘”This completes just the FISA abuse portion of our investigation,” Nunes said. “We are in the middle of what I call phase 2 of our investigation which involves other departments, specifically the State Department and the involvement they had in this.”
‘He added: “That investigation is ongoing. We continue to work to find answers and asking the right questions to try to get to the bottom of what exactly the State Department was up to in terms of this Russian investigation.”‘
So, another witch hunt designed to distract from the real wrongdoer in all of this—Donald Trump.
If it ends up being anything like the “investigation” into the FBI, “getting to the bottom” of what they were up to will entail cataloguing federal employees doing their jobs and then spinning like mad to try and make it appear wrong.
See, investigations by Nunes all seem to have a common theme. You start out with a ridiculous premise—in this case, the premise would be “Trump is innocent”—and then work backward from there trying to find any scrap of information you can that seems to support the theory, leaving out any information that proves your preconceived conclusion wrong. That’s why House Republicans voted against the Democratic memo that would have told a more complete story, even getting called out by the FBI for blatantly leaving out information that would spoil their carefully crafted narrative of lies.
At this point, Nunes is more than complicit in Trump’s continued obstruction of justice. He’s guilty of the same. The purpose of these “investigations” is simple: To distract the media, and to run interference for Trump. Nunes and the rest of the GOP do not care at all about justice or reality. They only care about clinging to power so that they can shove their deeply unpopular, partisan agenda down the throats of the American people.
Republicans are trying to create the argument that any investigation sparked by the Steele dossier is inappropriate by arguing that the source is partisan. However, reality doesn’t care about partisanship. The quality of the information is what is important, not the source. If a partisan source indicated illegal actions on the part of the Trump campaign, and the FBI received information from other sources saying much the same (as happened in this case), they are duty-bound to investigate.
When Trump goes down, Nunes deserves to go with him.
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