Devin Nunes Hit With New Ethics Complaint Following Release Of Call Logs
Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) name turned up in phone records released by the House Intelligence Committee this week showing that the lawmaker coordinated with President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and Giuliani’s indicted associate Lev Parnas to find dirt on Joe Biden in Ukraine.
Nunes is the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, which conducted the initial leg of the impeachment inquiry looking into Trump’s activities involving Ukraine.
Following the release of the call logs, The Democratic Coalition filed an ethics complaint against Nunes, citing “an actual conflict of interest.”
“The House Intelligence Committee’s Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Report dated December 3, 2019 used a subpoena to obtain phone records which plainly demonstrate that ranking member Devin Nunes (R-CA) has an actual conflict of interest with an ongoing impeachment hearing he oversees,” the complaint stated, according to Raw Story.
It continued: “That is because Rep. Nunes is currently engaged in overseeing an investigation in which it appears he is a fact witness, and which may examine his own activities and meetings with agents and lawyers of the President who solicited foreign election assistance, as well as potentially into his own contacts with foreign government officials.”
The complaint went on to reference House Rule XXIII (1), which states: “A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.”
“Under House Intel Committee rules, Rep. Nunes could have known that record production had revealed his phone contacts with the persons under subpoena before the general public was informed with the release of the Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report,” The Democratic Coalition continued in its complaint. “Yet, the Congressman never disclosed his potential conflict of interest overseeing the investigation to the public, nor did he recuse himself from any of its activities, including the drafting of an official 120-page HPSCI Minority report.”