WHILE DEMOCRATS CRY FOUL
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 13, 2018) — At approximately 8:26 a.m. on Tuesday’s edition of “Fox & Friends,” House Permanent Subcommittee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Chairman Devin Nunes told co-hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade that during the group’s 14-month investigation of “Russia,” members “interviewed nearly everybody” in President Donald Trump’s inner circle under oath.
On Monday afternoon, Sean Hannity broke the news that Nunes would be releasing part of the committee’s initial report stating that it found no “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Kremlin operatives.
As Republicans have the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, they chair all of its committees and subcommittees.
Democrat Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intel Committee, immediately said that although the majority was closing its investigation, the minority would continue to investigate whether or not Trump/Russia collusion occurred during the 2016 presidential election cycle.
Schiff told CNN that the committee majority is “protecting Trump” by concluding its investigation at this time.
In November, committee Democrats said that Republicans were “thwarting” the probe by failing to procure documentation before interviewing witnesses, a contention reportedly supported by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC).
During his interview on Fox & Friends, Nunes said that approximately a year ago, he informed the White House that evidence had come to light that an inordinate amount of “unmasking” had been conducted on Trump campaign associates by the former Obama regime. He also opined that Obama failed to take action about Russian attempts to interfere with U.S. elections, an issue which was folded into the allegations of Trump-Russia “collusion” in order to tip the election in his favor.
In early April last year, Nunes recused himself from the “Russia” probes after he was accused of disclosing classified information.
Separately, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James Clapper, is quoted as having deplored the “leaks” of classified briefings with Trump and Obama regarding the existence of the now-infamous “Trump dossier” to the media while at the same time allegedly being the leaker.
Nunes said he has been maligned since becoming a member of the Trump transition team in 2016.