Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) is not only in serious legal jeopardy for his deep involvement in President Donald Trump’s extortion scheme against Ukraine to hurt former Vice President Joe Biden, he faces election peril at home, especially after the Fresno Bee called him out this week.
Nunes was forced to admit that he knows Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas after the House Intelligence Committee released documents given to them by Parnas, including damning text messages. Previously, Nunes denied having any contact with him despite phone records revealing contact between the two.
Knowing what we know now, Nunes had no business serving on the House Intelligence Committee during the House impeachment hearings. He clearly had a conflict of interest and should have recused himself.
In short, he lied to the American people repeatedly and betrayed the United States. And now voters in his district are reading all about it in a scathing editorial published by the Fresno Bee.
“Kiev, Ukraine, is nearly 6,200 miles from Tulare, Calif.,” the editorial began. “That’s a long way from home for Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, who now faces explosive allegations that he and his staff contacted shadowy Ukrainian figures in an effort to betray American democracy. Text messages released by the House Intelligence Committee last week reveal that a top Nunes aide named Derek Harvey – who on Trump’s National Security Council before he joined Nunes’ staff – sought direct contact with Ukrainian officials in an effort to smear former Vice President Joe Biden.”
“For months, Nunes has acted as Trump’s attack dog, defending the president from accusations that he pressured Ukraine to investigate Biden,” the editorial continued. “Nunes sat in House Intelligence Committee meetings and derided the impeachment proceedings against Trump as a ‘hoax.’ Yet he was sitting on a ticking time bomb the entire time. The newly-released texts prove … that Nunes’ staff also engaged in secret efforts to damage Biden. Nunes knew the Ukraine allegations were true because his office was involved in the same plot. But he used his position in Congress as a platform to spread lies and mislead the public.”
Nunes now faces an ethics review, which does not bode well for him considering the evidence against him.
The Fresno Bee then proceeded to drop the hammer on the scandal-plagued congressman who is filing frivolous lawsuits in an effort to silence his critics.
“Regardless of whether you lean Democratic or Republican, here’s an undeniable fact: Nunes lied,” the editorial said. “He lied to the American people and to his own constituents about the Ukraine allegations, dismissing them although he knew they were true. He deliberately misled the American people by attempting to undermine impeachment hearings that examined an anti-Biden effort in which his own office had direct involvement. Even if you support President Trump, there’s no denying the fact that Nunes’ actions have backfired and will only hurt Trump. Knowing his own staff was neck-deep in an effort to smear Biden using foreign contacts, Nunes should have let someone else play defense.”
“Devin Nunes has betrayed the truth, betrayed the trust of voters and, quite possibly, betrayed our country,” the Bee concluded. “We don’t know exactly where this new evidence will lead, or what fate has in store for Nunes, but we do know this: The people of California’s 22nd congressional district deserve better.”
Voters, even Republican voters, are surely going to find it impossible to justify casting their ballots for Nunes in November. He is an embarrassment to the state of California, the House of Representatives and the nation. He can no longer represent his district and should resign. But he won’t, and that means the American people are going to have to fire him. His misconduct is simply too scandalous to ignore.
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