House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes cannot credibly oversee what should be a serious investigation of Donald Trump and his close associates’ collusion with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election. His press conference this morning does nothing to regain any of his lost standing and proves yet again he is pushing a political agenda that serves the interest of the White House, not the public.
American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah said, “If the country was waiting for a sign that a 9/11-style independent commission is needed to get to the bottom of Trump’s ties to Russia, they got it this week. Nunes coordination with the White House proves he can’t be trusted in any capacity.”
Editorial boards across the country agree, Chairman Nunes destroyed his own credibility but he also compromised the ability of the entire Committee to conduct an investigation.
NYT Editorial: “Rep. Nunes is a Lapdog in a Watchdog Role.”
- “Mr. McCain is right. It was predictable that standard congressional committee investigations into the role of Russia and the election would turn into muddled partisan fights. But Mr. Nunes’s conduct stands out for his brazenness and heedlessness”
WaPo Editorial: “Shut down Nunes’s investigation — and investigate him for leaking”
- “Mr. Nunes’s antics serve only to underline the urgency of a serious, nonpartisan and uncompromising investigation into Russia’s interference in the election and any contacts between Moscow’s agents and the Trump campaign.”
USA Today Editorial: “Take Devin Nunes Off Russia Case”
- “Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has recommended the creation of a Watergate-style select committee, a panel of highly respected members of Congress from both chambers. Alternatively, Congress could delegate investigative authority, with subpoena power, to a special bipartisan commission staffed by leading public figures and policy experts, similar to the one that investigated the 9/11 attacks.”
LA Times Editorial: “Nunes’ Freelancing Threatens An Investigation Into Russian Meddling”
- “Nunes shouldn’t be briefing the president whose election campaign his committee is expected to scrutinize. Unless the chairman can reassure the public and his colleagues, including the panel’s Democrats, that his freelancing days are over, the public may look elsewhere — the Senate Intelligence Committee or a proposed 9/11-style independent commission — for a trustworthy account.:
San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial: “Rep. Nunes Owes America An Apology Over Trump Briefing”
- “Yet Nunes gave cover to Trump to say Nunes’ findings make him feel ‘somewhat’ vindicated and to Trump loyalists to engage in ‘told you so’ taunting on social media. If the committee’s investigation isn’t compromised, its vestiges of neutrality are gone, and Nunes himself has now contributed to a culture of leaking he has so decried.”