In another stunning revelation, the New York Times reports that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) leaked private text messages from Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), in an effort to discredit Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
According to The Times: “The Senate Intelligence Committee has concluded that Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, led by Rep. Nunes, were behind the leak of private text messages between the Senate panel’s top Democrat and a Russian-connected lawyer, according to two congressional officials briefed on the matter.”
The text messages were published Feb. 8 by Fox News, and showed Warner texting with the lawyer in an attempt to gain access to former British MI6 agent Christopher Steele, who was the subject of an intel inquiry over the infamous Russia dossier.
The leak, which came on the heels of President Trump’s decision to release a partisan memo crafted by Nunes, claiming surveillance abuses during the FBI’s Russia investigation.
Aided by Fox News, the leak was hyped by the right-wing media and Republicans, including the president.
Trump accused warned of not wanting a “paper trail” on his “private meeting with Steele.” However, Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) undercut the president’s spin, writing on Twitter, “Sen. Warner fully disclosed this to the committee four months ago.”
Warner and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-SC) were “so perturbed by the leak” they demanded a meeting last month with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to discuss the partisan breach of protocol and Nunes’ role as the House Intelligence Committee chair, The Times wrote.
Devin Nunes did not return a request for comment.