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After Committing Felonious Leaking, Nunes Gives The Most Absurd Excuse For Briefing Trump On Russia Investigation

Congressional Republicans keep showing how deeply corrupt they are. Trey Gowdy spent much of Monday’s Russia hearing talking about how, if someone reveals details of FISA collection, that person has violated sacred trust and also committed felonious leaking. House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes was present for some, if not all of Gowdy’s tirade. Yet that didn’t stop Nunes from engaging in precisely the kind of felonious leaking that Gowdy claims violates that sacred trust.

Investigators don’t normally brief the people they’re investigating. But that’s exactly what Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the Republican who’s leading a congressional investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s team colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election, did Wednesday.

After meeting with Trump in the White House, Nunes told reporters that he has informed the president “the U.S. intelligence community incidentally collected information on members of Trump’s transition team,” ultimately putting it into various intelligence reports, noting he believes the information was collected legally.

After facing a storm of criticism over his clear obstruction of justice, Nunes said on Thursday that he regrets informing President Trump of surveillance affecting the president’s transition team before he updated his panel, adding the most absurd explanation for his actions.

“It’s a judgment call on my part,” he told reporters when asked why he spoke with Trump and the media before House Intelligence Committee Democrats.

Really? a judgment call? You are tasked with investigating potentially treasonous activity perpetrated by people inside the White House, and you go there to tip them off about the investigation?!

“At the end of the day, sometimes you make the right decision, sometimes you don’t,” Nunes said, adding that he could not show the panel information that was given to him by a source.

Democrats are not buying his absurd excuse.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN Thursday that Nunes had apologized “in a generic way” for his actions.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the House Intelligence Committee’s ranking Democrat, voiced frustration Wednesday over Nunes’s handling of the information.

“If accurate, this information should have been shared with members of the committee, but it has not been,” he said.

“The chairman also shared this information with the White House before providing it to the committee, another profound irregularity, given that the matter is currently under investigation. I have expressed my grave concerns with the chairman that a credible investigation cannot be conducted this way,” Schiff said.

Should Devin Nunes by prosecuted for Felony leaking of classified information and obstruction of justice?


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