Leaked audio of Devin Nunes at a fundraiser for Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-most senior Republican in the House, catches him telling a room full of donors the crass political truth behind his role in the Russia investigation. He admits that he knows collusion is illegal and declares that a Republican majority in the House is necessary to protect the historically corrupt Trump administration from real oversight.
As Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is abusing the power of his office. At every turn, he tries to hide the truth about Russian interference in the 2016 election and attack the credibility of U.S. law enforcement by spreading lies and misleading information.
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort goes to trial tomorrow on charges that include alleged bank and tax fraud. The Special Counsel indictments make a clear case for why Manafort would facilitate collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
The simplest explanation for the entire Russia investigation is that Donald Trump had decades-long relationships with Kremlin-linked Russians and openly accepted their help in the 2016 election.
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On Monday, the Justice Department charged Maria Butina, a Russian national closely linked to both the NRA and the Kremlin, with conspiracy to act as an unregistered foreign agent. For years, Butina and Alexander Torshin, the sanctioned deputy chairman of the Russian Central Bank, have cultivated close ties with the gun lobby in an effort to advance the Russian government’s agenda.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 12 GRU (Russian military intelligence) officers and the Department of Justice’s arrest of Maria Butina both reveal that Russia’s influence campaign went well beyond just helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton. These indictments make clear that, even before Trump emerged as a viable candidate, the Russians were carrying out a broader influence campaign designed to infiltrate the Republican Party as a whole … which raises the question of whether Congressional Republicans have been abdicating oversight to protect others besides Trump and his team.
In the span of a few days, Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking the American election to help elect President Donald Trump and the Department of Justice arrested and charged a Russian operative of infiltrating conservative political organizations and the Republican Party. Sandwiched between these indictments was Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, where Trump left no doubt that he is part of the ongoing conspiracy against the United States. Republicans in Congress now face a choice: Either they must step up and move from rhetoric to action, or they will be complicit in Trump’s sell-out of America.