search
Sections List
American Journal News

Nunes scandal proves need for independent Trump/Russia probe as media gets distracted by bombings

Coverage of Donald Trump’s largely ineffective  attack on a Syrian airbase has gone from glowing to something a fair bit more skeptical, but it has unquestionably crowded out a scandal that would completely derail an ordinary presidency: The recusal of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) from that committee’s investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia. […]

By Tommy Christopher - April 09, 2017
Share
Devin Nunes
Rep. Devin Nunes

Coverage of Donald Trump’s largely ineffective  attack on a Syrian airbase has gone from glowing to something a fair bit more skeptical, but it has unquestionably crowded out a scandal that would completely derail an ordinary presidency: The recusal of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) from that committee’s investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia. Aside from a token mention or two, the major Sunday political shows ignored the Nunes scandal in favor of the Syria distraction.

Nunes’ recusal was a significant victory for the resistance that has been led by Democrats — especially Democratic women — and should have been a crushing political blow to Trump. Nunes himself is the target of an investigation by the House Ethics Committee over allegations that he “may have made unauthorized disclosures of classified information.” Nunes had already demonstrated his inability to lead this investigation, but this calls into question his continued chairmanship of the intel committee.

The behavior of other Republicans, with few notable exceptions, makes clear that this victory warrants even more resistance by Democrats, and more attention from journalists.

Even in the moments following the Nunes recusal, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) continued to express support for, and trust in, Nunes despite evidence of his collusion with the White House to derail that investigation. But beyond that, and the near-unanimous refusal of other Republicans to call Nunes out, there are many powerful reasons to demand an independent investigation.

For example, fellow House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) recently issued a threat to hide future committee hearings from public view, following the politically disastrous public hearing at which FBI Director James Comey announced his agency’s investigation into “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.”

Gowdy’s threat, along with Nunes’ well-publicized actions, amount to a cover-up in broad daylight, underpinned by a disturbing attitude among Republicans that was articulated by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL):

MELVIN: Are you concerned at all that he was viewing what he said was classified information at the White House, and then reported it back to the White House?

YOHO: You gotta keep in mind who he works for. He works for the president, he answers to the president.

MELVIN: Does he? Or does he work for the constituents of his district?

YOHO: Well, you do both. But when in that capacity, if you’ve got information, I’m okay with what he did.

Congressional Republicans have demonstrated, time and again, that they cannot be trusted to investigate Trump, and Nunes’ recusal, while welcome, does not change that. Nunes is now the subject of his own investigation for possible disclosure of classified material, and his colleagues have proven just as untrustworthy. The stakes for our country are too high to leave this in their hands.

Journalists are beginning to dial back their jingoistic coverage of the Syria strikes, and they must make room for this story in their schedules, just as we must continue to demand an independent commission and a special prosecutor.


AJ News
Get the latest news here first.

Tai News

Newsletter
Read More
AJ News
Latest
Republican Eric Hovde makes inconsistent statements about family history

Republican Eric Hovde makes inconsistent statements about family history

By Jesse Valentine - February 26, 2024
Republican David McCormick invests millions in website that platforms Holocaust denial

Republican David McCormick invests millions in website that platforms Holocaust denial

By Jesse Valentine - February 09, 2024
Lawmakers will again take up bills expanding, tightening gun laws

Lawmakers will again take up bills expanding, tightening gun laws

By Annmarie Timmins, New Hampshire Bulletin - January 31, 2024
UAW delivers rousing presidential endorsement for Biden over ‘scab’ Trump

UAW delivers rousing presidential endorsement for Biden over ‘scab’ Trump

By Ashley Murray, States Newsroom - January 24, 2024
Republicans Sam Brown and Jeff Gunter sling mud in Nevada senate primary

Republicans Sam Brown and Jeff Gunter sling mud in Nevada senate primary

By Jesse Valentine - January 17, 2024
A Young Texas Woman Almost Died Due To The Texas Abortion Bans – Now She’s Battling To Save Other Women

A Young Texas Woman Almost Died Due To The Texas Abortion Bans – Now She’s Battling To Save Other Women

By Bonnie Fuller - January 10, 2024
Health care legislation preview: Maryland advocates want to focus on access, patients in 2024 session

Health care legislation preview: Maryland advocates want to focus on access, patients in 2024 session

By Danielle J. Brown, Maryland Matters - January 08, 2024
How GOP senate hopefuls try to excuse the  January 6 insurrection

How GOP senate hopefuls try to excuse the  January 6 insurrection

By Jesse Valentine - January 05, 2024
NH lawmakers will be taking up major voting bills this year. Here are some to watch for.

NH lawmakers will be taking up major voting bills this year. Here are some to watch for.

By Ethan DeWitt, New Hampshire Bulletin - January 04, 2024
Republican US Senate candidates want to make Trump’s tax cuts permanent 

Republican US Senate candidates want to make Trump’s tax cuts permanent 

By Jesse Valentine - December 22, 2023
Rand Paul went all in on the Kentucky governor’s race. It didn’t work.

Rand Paul went all in on the Kentucky governor’s race. It didn’t work.

By - December 15, 2023
Texas governor and attorney general do little to curb state’s chemical plant crisis

Texas governor and attorney general do little to curb state’s chemical plant crisis

By Jesse Valentine - December 08, 2023
Likely GOP Senate candidate Eric Hovde proposed tax hike for poorer workers and retirees

Likely GOP Senate candidate Eric Hovde proposed tax hike for poorer workers and retirees

By Jesse Valentine - December 07, 2023
Whitmer signs specific criminal penalties for assaulting health care workers into law

Whitmer signs specific criminal penalties for assaulting health care workers into law

By Anna Liz Nichols, Michigan Advance - December 06, 2023
105 Republicans voted to expel Santos for things Trump has also done

105 Republicans voted to expel Santos for things Trump has also done

By Jesse Valentine - December 05, 2023
For Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, another Trump term is another chance to kill Obamacare

For Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, another Trump term is another chance to kill Obamacare

By Jesse Valentine - December 04, 2023
Florida Sen. Rick Scott backs Donald Trump in revived push to repeal Obamacare

Florida Sen. Rick Scott backs Donald Trump in revived push to repeal Obamacare

By Jesse Valentine - November 30, 2023
Tate Reeves took donations from power company that hiked customer rates

Tate Reeves took donations from power company that hiked customer rates

By Jesse Valentine - November 06, 2023
Daniel Cameron ran on depoliticizing the Kentucky AG’s office. He made it more political.

Daniel Cameron ran on depoliticizing the Kentucky AG’s office. He made it more political.

By Jesse Valentine - November 03, 2023
Republican operatives sound every alarm on current trajectory of 2023 governor’s race

Republican operatives sound every alarm on current trajectory of 2023 governor’s race

By Adam Ganucheau, Mississippi Today - October 24, 2023
Exposed: Wisconsin Senate candidate Eric Hovde’s opulent California lifestyle

Exposed: Wisconsin Senate candidate Eric Hovde’s opulent California lifestyle

By Jesse Valentine - March 01, 2024
Follow the money: Tim Sheehy takes thousands from drug company lobbyists

Follow the money: Tim Sheehy takes thousands from drug company lobbyists

By Jesse Valentine - February 29, 2024
Judge behind Alabama embryo ruling has ties to Ted Cruz

Judge behind Alabama embryo ruling has ties to Ted Cruz

By Jesse Valentine - February 29, 2024
Telehealth abortions on the rise since Dobbs, new report shows

Telehealth abortions on the rise since Dobbs, new report shows

By Sofia Resnick, States Newsroom - February 28, 2024
Utah lawmakers want to repeal abortion clinic ban hoping it will speed up trigger law case

Utah lawmakers want to repeal abortion clinic ban hoping it will speed up trigger law case

By Katie McKellar, Utah News Dispatch - February 27, 2024