Devin Nunes is getting in neck deep. He should have reconsidered his decision to be part of the Trump transition team and he certainly had no business playing spokesperson for the Trump team when he’s supposed to be engaging in oversight of the executive branch.
So it comes as no surprise to learn that the explosive allegations Nunes leveled last month appear to be a nothing-burger. From CNN:
After a review of the same intelligence reports brought to light by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers and aides have so far found no evidence that Obama administration officials did anything unusual or illegal, multiple sources in both parties tell CNN.
Their private assessment contradicts President Donald Trump’s allegations that former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice broke the law by requesting the “unmasking” of US individuals’ identities. Trump had claimed the matter was a “massive story.”
But the House review has been thrown into turmoil after Nunes last month expressed alarm about the unmasking of US persons, including Trump advisors, caught up in incidental collection. He reviewed the documents on White House grounds with the help of White House officials, despite House Speaker Paul Ryan saying Nunes informed him that the information came from a “whistleblower.”
Critics said Nunes appeared to be giving political cover to Trump in the aftermath of the president’s unsubstantiated tweet last month that Obama ordered wiretaps of Trump Tower to spy on him during the campaign.
Nunes’ office has not responded to CNN’s request for comment.
Of course, he didn’t.
It does not let Susan Rice off the hook for what she did but when you have other Republicans saying what Nunes looked it as not as heinous as he or others suggested, it’s not a good look.
Stay tuned because it will likely get worse before it gets better.