|Devin Nunes—Whatta I do now?
Could the White House be on the verge of an investigation that could lead to a Donald Trump resignation or impeachment? Either is OK, of course. FBI director James B. Comey both confirms an open-ended investigation for Trump’s ties to Russia, plus refuting the president’s claim of illegal surveillance by his predecessor. Got him with both barrels…right between the eyes, and Donald John knows it. Here’s the Guardian’s assessment…
“The first open hearing into Donald Trump’s alleged Russia connections on Monday ensured that the US president will operate under a cloud of suspicion until either the various inquiries deliver credible public conclusions or Trump leaves office, whichever comes first.”
Comey states there is no way this will be a quickie, rather, an on-going examination of all the facts that surround Trump’s long-term association with Russia, and what, if any, effect it had on the 2016 election. It would appear the collection of evidence justifies the inquiry, and the serious attention it has been given by the intelligence community. The next date for a public hearing is March 28, with the ex-director of national intelligence James Clapper and the ex-CIA director John Brennan. Both these men had a part in the January analysis of Russian interference in 2016 to benefit Trump.
This is for sure the most defined advance on Donald John in the “Russians for Trump” PAC in the 2016 elections. But with the staying-power this current effort has, plus the number of Republicans that also believe there is substance to the investigation, in all likelihood we are moving toward an outcome that is not going to be acceptable to the reigning sovereign. Comey has affirmed that he is looking at any “”collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign,” according to CNN, including…
“…any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”
Republicans have repeatedly tried to push the investigation off track by laying the blame on Michael Flynn but here’s a real crowd stopper…
“Comey testified that US intelligence agencies were agreed that Russia’s aim evolved into an effort during the election to aid Trump over Clinton.”
We should remember at this point that the FBI Director is the one who threw Hillary Clinton under the bus in the 2016 election with his letters to Congress re. her email investigation in the last eleven days before voters went to the polls. Further, “They wanted to hurt our democracy, hurt her, help him. I think all three we were confident in at least as early as December,” Comey said.
And he tried to put to rest once again Trump’s ludicrous charges of Barack Obama’s wiretapping Trump Tower during the election stating, “…the Justice Department, along with the FBI, had no information to support the allegations.” Adding the fact that “…no president could order a wiretapping operation against a specific American citizen.”
So, enter Devin Nunes, House Intelligence Committee Chairman, who is accused today of turning the Trump’s Russian connection into another Benghazi…the equivalent of Trey Gowdy. God help us! “Most of the lawmakers on the Intelligence Committee, previously known for its leave-your-party-at-the-door work, had held out hope there could be an independent, bipartisan probe into Russian interference in the U.S. elections,” the Daily Beast reports. And here’s their assessment of the latest…
“That hope died when their chairman went to the White House, and then the press, to discuss intelligence intercepts involving the ‘incidental’ collection of communications related to Donald Trump and members of his transition team before telling his own committee about the matter.”
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the panel said…
“What was today? It was the chairman of the committee helping the president create the next distraction,” added Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley, a member of the committee. “It was an attempt to be a distraction, sow confusion, create false narratives despite the evidence.”
Apparently, Schiff feels now that he can’t even receive assurance from Nunes that this can continue as a credible investigation. But Nunes, as a House member investigating Trump and his White House staff must have just come stupid running to the Oval Office, then the media, instead of incorporating the newly found information into the investigation. As DB put it…
“He doesn’t use it as part of the committee’s investigation, but runs to the White House, which is a subject of the investigations.”
Or was Nunes’ committee just a smokescreen from the beginning, set up to serve as a future link to the President, giving him fodder for dispute. It should be obvious by now there is not one Republican on the planet that I would trust. With that in mind, where do we go from here?