It must be hard to keep up with all the winning Donald Trump is doing.
It’s been a week since House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes stepped aside from a congressional investigation into whether or not the GOP candidate colluded with Russia as they interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Now, both Democrats and Republicans still serving on the committee have told CNN that despite Nunes’ claims to the contrary, there is no evidence that the Obama administration did anything illegal or even odd during Susan Rice’s “unmasking” requests to U.S. intelligence agencies.
In fact, the FBI was at that time actively investigating one of Trump’s campaign advisers, Carter Page, under the authority of a warrant signed by a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court judge. The FBI believed that Page was acting as a Russian agent to illegally influence the election in his employer’s favor, according to a report from the Washington Post on Tuesday. They may still pursue charges against Page at some point.
Trump himself had claimed that the Susan Rice story was “truly one of the big stories of our time.” His deputy assistant, Sebastian Gorka, compared Rice’s absolutely ordinary requests with the Watergate scandal that brought down Richard Nixon, saying that this was somehow worse than the biggest corruption exposé in presidential history:
Losing 14 minutes of audiotape in comparison to this is a little spat in the sandbox in the kindergarten.
Unfortunately for Trump, every effort to redirect the attention of investigators with ridiculous allegations against the previous administration has only led to more evidence against his own.
Nunes stepped aside after the House of Representatives began an ethics investigation into his misconduct during the discovery process of the Russian affair. The same classified information that Nunes illegally shared with the Trump administration prior to revealing it to the Intelligence Committee is what the bipartisan commission has concluded shows just how wrong Trump and Nunes’ claims were. This is the same information that Nunes lied to Paul Ryan about, telling him it had come from a “whistleblower,” when in fact it was produced by White House officials.
Nunes and the Trump administration were hilariously wrong about Obama’s Justice Department acting improperly. The evidence is stacking up that actual crimes may have been committed by the GOP campaign in 2016. Everything seems to be falling apart for Donald Trump, and without one of his henchmen on the Intelligence Committee to run interference for him, he may find himself on the wrong end of some very serious charges.
It must really suck to accidentally provide evidence that you’re a liar, but I’m sure Trump is getting used to it by now.
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