Now we know why Representative Devin Nunes was acting the way he did during the hearings. There was extensive communication between the congressman, the White House, and Rudy Giuliani. Ergo, as I posited earlier, there was a conflict. Now we have the goods.
Nunes should have recused himself from the hearings. Instead, he chose to participate and fo all he could to attack the process. He told viewers that this was a witch-hunt. Given the present circumstances, it was also a defense of his actions. These may even include a trip to Europe in search of dirt for the president.
While he was not part of the three amigos, he was truly in the inner circle. He was likely part of a conspiracy. This is what CNN reported.
A lawyer for an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani told CNN that his client is willing to tell Congress about meetings the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee had in Vienna last year with a former Ukrainian prosecutor to discuss digging up dirt on Joe Biden.
The attorney, Joseph A. Bondy, represents Lev Parnas, the recently indicted Soviet-born American who worked with Giuliani to push claims of Democratic corruption in Ukraine. Bondy said that Parnas was told directly by the former Ukrainian official that he met last year in Vienna with Rep. Devin Nunes.
“Mr. Parnas learned from former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shokin that Nunes had met with Shokin in Vienna last December,” said Bondy.
And Nunes has sued CNN for defamation. In the lawsuit, he claims he was nowhere near Viena, but part of a Congressional Delegation. I am positive there will be records of the CODEL if this is the case. The barrier is high and the phone calls remain.
There is a trail of what looks like a conspiracy. The way the Republican leadership acts one must ask if the party is compromised? They are not contesting the facts. However, they keep denying the president did anything wrong.
Nunes was one of the actors mentioned in the key findings of fact.
This was an effort to damage Joe Biden, Who was the likely opponent in the general election. The president was about to tar his opponent with the same corruption he engages in. It was a conspiracy.
And Nunes was part of it.
What is the proper remedy? If we had a functioning minority that was not subverted, Nunes would immediately go before the Ethics committee for a finding of facts. He also should face censure and the removal from committees. In the worst of cases, he could even face expulsion. He should lawyer up thought. The Southern District of New York may want to have a conversation or two with him at this point.
We are living in an era when it looks like the Republican Party itself is compromised. We see it in twitter feeds, as well as the right-wing press. Power is the ultimate goal. Even if that power comes through corrupt means.
These revelations tell us that we are living under a clear and present danger to our constitutional order. That the Republicans, once a national security party, are the ones willing to work for foreign interests is very troubling. The fact that partisans cannot get over it and put the Constitution before the interests of faction is precisely what the Framers warned about.