Thursday, August 09, 2018

Nunes Should Resign From Congress-- And Take Cathy McMorris Rodgers With Him


This morning, conservative writer Jennifer Rubin penned an OpEd, Devin Nunes, Trump's Political Stooge, Is At It Again, based on the Maddow report last night. If you missed it, watch the video above. She wrote that "The Post reports on the secretly recorded remarks of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) at a fundraiser for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)":
[Nunes] appears to have moved from criticizing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election to strategizing about how to blunt its impact should it imperil President Trump...

In comments captured in an audio recording aired Wednesday by The Rachel Maddow Show, Nunes laid out in stark terms the rationale for preserving the GOP majority in Congress.

“If [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions won’t unrecuse and [special counsel Robert S. Mueller III] won’t clear the president, we’re the only ones, which is really the danger,” Nunes said… “I mean, we have to keep all these seats,” Nunes added. “We have to keep the majority. If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away.”
Nunes also suggested the impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein is just a matter of “timing,” claiming that impeachment (which has yet to be formally taken up) would impede the Senate confirmation of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. (It’s hard to tell if Nunes is offering a weak, illogical excuse for not impeaching Rosenstein or is promising that Rosenstein will get impeached if the GOP keeps its majority in the House.)

Nunes also seemed to imply that a candidate [McMorris Rodgers in this case] would be in trouble if a foreign national gave a candidate stolen information that the candidate later released. (“Well, if that’s the case, then that’s criminal.”) Like Trump, Rudy Giuliani and so many Trump spinners, Nunes seems unaware that soliciting something of value from a foreigner to be used in a campaign is illegal, whether the valuable item is stolen or not.

There is nothing illegal in Nunes’s admissions, nor do they seem particularly new. All but Trump partisans realize that Nunes is acting as the president’s political stooge, not as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. We knew he cared only about protecting Trump, not the country, when he made up the “unmasking” scandal, put out a patently misleading memo concerning the FISA warrant application to conduct surveillance on Carter Page, started demanding confidential documents relating to an ongoing investigation (of Trump and his cronies), had a role in outing a confidential intelligence source and began his crusade to smear the FBI. The admissions, however, do reveal Rodgers, a member of the House leadership, to be joined at the hip with Nunes, perfectly content to let him run amok as a partisan hack. (She at one point seems to try to bolster Nunes’s excuse that they cannot impeach Rosenstein because the Senate would have to take it up and divert attention from the Kavanaugh confirmation.)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-WI) has played dumb when asked about Nunes’s antics. That’s for the Intel Committee. Not really aware of that. Not something I know much about. That’s preposterous. Not only do Ryan and Rodgers know exactly what Nunes is up to; they are also more than willing to let him raise money for them and to allow him to pursue his base-- pleasing partisan gamesmanship. In short, Ryan and Rodgers are weak, non-leaders who haven’t the nerve or the sense of obligation to remove Nunes from his chairmanship to protect the country’s national security interests. Without Rodgers and Ryan, we might have a responsible House Intelligence Committee chairman.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) tweeted, “Under our Constitution, the duty of Congress is not to clear the President. The duty of Congress is to be a check and balance on the Executive Branch, and to pursue the facts wherever they may lead.” He added, “Devin Nunes should resign for perverting the oath he took.” True, but the very same thing could be said of Ryan and Rodgers, who indulge Nunes. None of them seems to understand the oath of office. If we want representatives to uphold their oaths and quit acting like Trump’s TV lawyers, voters will have to turn the House over to the Democrats. There is no way on Earth that Ryan, Rodgers and Nunes are ever going to put country over party.
Nunes and McMorris Rodgers seem prepared to commit treason on behalf of Trump. They should both resign. I'm not especially a fan of Andrew Janz but he would certainly make a better congressman than Nunes. And McMorris' opponent, Lisa Brown, is one of the best candidates for Congress running anywhere. She's likely to win the contest between them anyway.

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At 9:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK. Granted all this is true wrt the Nazi Reichstag leadershit.

But how about you address the equivalent actions and inactions of Pelosi et al. As far back as 2005 she (et al) openly vowed to repudiate her oath in favor of a gamble for seats in the 2006 and 2008 elections. Cheney wasn't impeached. Gonzalez wasn't impeached. People became political prisoners. People died. And Pelosi got her gavel and the 'craps got the 2009 trifecta... and they repaid the money, chiefly wall street, and ratfucked everyone else.
They kept a criminal admin in power so that they could ride an anti-red wave. And, again, people died. No, not any of THEM... or nobody from wall street or the CMIC. But other people. People that nobody gives a flying fuck about and who the constitution clearly does not include in its words.

When it comes to putting party uber alles, the Nazis do NOT have a monopoly. How about you write a nice column about that.

At 4:16 AM, Anonymous Hone said...

Nancy Pelosi should definitely go. She would be doing the country and our democracy a great favor and would end her career on a positive note. Whereas early in her career she was quite liberal, she has lost her way. All she cares about is political maneuvering.

Anonymous above is on target about her not following through with holding the Bush crew accountable. If she had encouraged appointment of a special prosecutor and there had been hearings to investigate the lies leading up to the Iraq war and the use of torture (public hearings would have been amazing!), the Republican party would have been heavily stained and we would not have wound up with Trump. Unfortunately, the Dems have gone along with letting those in power escape consequences. Perhaps they think this is mutual across the aisle but we sure as hell know the Republicans have and will go after any Dem over the tiniest issues. The Dems need to wake up and stop counting on propriety let alone democratic values - THERE ARE NONE on the Republican side.

The Pelosi name now has way too many negative connotations, kinda like Hillary's did (pushed over the edge by the Russians), and she is doing the Dems no favors whatsoever by staying around. The Republicans will use her name over and over, front and center, as the "enemy" and this will definitely sway some voters in the wrong direction. She will be like lead for the Dems, sinking them lower when they need to go higher. If she really cared more about the country, democracy and the Constitution rather than herself she would bow out. But no, she will not. If the Dems do not take over the House, Nancy will be on the long list of reasons why.

At 5:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hone, I agree except that we would have had trump anyway. It was obamanation and the 'craps who resurrected the corpse of the republican party after they got dragged down by the perfectly-timed collapse of Lehman and the entire housing market under $20 trillion in fraud.

The irony here is that the fraud got its genesis from the 'craps in '98 (GLBA, CFMA and bank deregs). It took a decade for the fraud to become untenable. But had it waited 3 more months, McCain would have been elected and may have borne the brunt of the blame.

Obamanation's and his party's refusal to investigate and prosecute ANYONE for that historically massive fraud, torture and all the rest of that electoral mandate (plus the hate factor cuz obamanation is black-ish) caused the massive anti-blue wave in 2010 which was the defibrillator that the Nazi party needed.

Had the 'craps let Bernie win in '16, we'd have him instead... but the money could not abide Bernie. They never will.


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