Trump-Russia’s Story New Character? Devin Nunes
Shady meeting at the White House? Check. Secret intelligence source? Check. Spy novel? Uncheck – this is real life. And, we can thank Rep. Devin Nunes for adding another plot twist in the Trump-Russia story.
Our story centers around Russia and possible ties to President Trump’s administration and the now alleged antagonist, Devin Nunes.
The administration has had two resignations (former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn), one recusal (Attorney General Jeff Sessions), and son-in-law Jared Kushner will testify in front of the Senate Intel Committee, among a growing list of Russian-tied happenings. Nunes has thrown himself into the central conflict of the story.
Nunes, the Republican Chairman for the House Intelligence Committee, briefed President Trump after an anonymous intelligence source informed him of collected surveillance on members of the Trump administration. The move is atypical for a member of the HIC. The GOP Representative held a press conference to inform the media before informing Democrat Adam Schiff, the ranking member on the HIC.
“I recently confirmed that, on numerous occasions, the Intelligence Community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition.”
Nunes was part of Trump’s transition team.
“I want to be clear, none of this surveillance was related to Russia or the investigation of Russian activities or of the Trump team,” Nunes said last week at the press briefing.
This comes just days after FBI Director, James Comey, confirmed the investigation into Russian interference and the possibility of Trump administration collusion.
To thicken the plot, Nunes met with his anonymous source on White House grounds.
Bizarrely, the former Deputy Attorney General, Sally Yates, was asked to testify in front of Congress. The Washington Post reported the White House attempted to block Yates’s testimony, but Press Secretary Sean Spicer denied those allegations.
“We have no problem with her testifying, plain and simple.”
Questions swirl around whether Nunes can be impartial, given his interactions with Trump and intel. He refuses to recuse himself from the investigation amidst many calling for it.
What this real-life spy-esque novel is missing is an ending. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be one in sight. Instead, Americans are left with clues to the next chapter without conflict resolution.