Sacramento Bee: Nunes Used His Position In Congress To Spread Lies For Trump
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) deliberately misled the American people by attempting to undermine impeachment hearings that examined an anti-Biden plot in which his own office had direct involvement, according to an editorial in The Sacramento Bee.
Documents released by the House Intelligence Committee last week revealed that a top Nunes aide, Derek Harvey -- who previously sat on Trump’s National Security Council -- sought direct contact with Ukrainian officials in order to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
“An aide to Rep. Devin Nunes exchanged dozens of text messages with indicted Rudy GIuliani associate Lev Parnas about a search for information on former Vice President Joe Biden from Ukrainian prosecutors,” wrote Sophia Bollag of The Sacramento Bee. “The exchanges include repeated references by Nunes aide Derek Harvey and Parnas to Biden. Parnas allegedly helped carry out President Donald Trump’s campaign to pressure the Ukrainian government for investigations that would benefit Trump’s re-election.”
For months, Nunes defended the president from accusations that he pressured Ukraine to investigate BIden, but newly released text messages prove that his office was involved in the same plot.
In an interview with Fox News last year, Nunes denied any memory of a phone conversation with Parnas, but now that evidence shows that Parnas spoke the truth, Nunes has retracted his statement. He admitted to a call with Parnas but downplayed its significance on Friday.
“I remember that call, which was very odd, random, talking about random things,” Nunes told Fox. “And I said, ‘Great, you know, just talk to my staff,’ and boom, boom, boom. Which is normal, standard operating procedure.”
While we don’t know what was discussed in their phone call, Parnas’ texts with Nunes’ aide show that there was an incisive focus on using Ukrainian connections to smear Biden.
What we do know is that Rep. Devin Nunes lied to the American people and his constituents, dismissing them although he knew they were true.