The smell of a Trump-Russia coverup is getting stronger.
If Trump had nothing to hide, House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes would not be the source of yet another disaster in the Trump-Russia controversy.
Bigly problems erupted in the Trump White House on Monday, when FBI director James Comey publicly confirmed that the Trump campaign had been under investigation since last July for potentially criminal acts and collusion with a foreign power, which is less alarming way to say that Trump & Co., might be guilty of treason.
The New York Times highlighted Comey’s comments at the hearing:
The F.B.I., as part of our counterintelligence effort, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 president election,” he continued, adding that the investigation included looking at whether associates of Mr. Trump were in contact with Russian officials, and whether they colluded with them.
Two days later, Nunes claimed to have received, and then leaked, top-secret information from an unspecified source that showed Trump and/or members of his team had been caught up in “legal” incidental collection of surveillance information. Or maybe not, and he made the whole thing up.
But instead of sharing his real or possibly manufactured information with the members of the bi-partisan intelligence committee, Nunes admitted that he went first to Speaker Paul Ryan, then took it directly to Trump at the White House.
After a firestorm of criticism for breaking protocols by tipping off Trump, the subject of the FBI investigation, Nunes backed down with a public apology.
But Nunes’ odd behavior didn’t end there.
NBC News reports,
Nunes continued to refuse to say how he had learned about the surveillance, including whether his source was in the White House.
This raises questions as to whether chief Trump manipulator Steve Bannon, or Trump himself, played Nunes as a fool by using him to seed ‘fake’ news. Considering Bannon’s reputation for spreading conspiracy theories and breeding chaotic distractions, it’s not too much of a stretch to think Bannon could have been the source.
Problems surrounding Nunes’ refusal to offer any proof that his claims of surveillance were real got even more complicated on Friday, when Voice of America reported,
The latest skirmish was sparked by the abrupt cancellation Friday of an open hearing set to feature top former intelligence officials. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a California Republican, argued that it was instead necessary to hear closed-door testimony from the directors of the FBI and the National Security Agency.
In the midst of all this, disgraced former national security advisor Michael Flynn continues to be the focus of ongoing controversy. Did he cut a deal with the FBI? Will Trump throw Flynn under a proverbial bus if he can’t find another escape route for potential charges of treason? Is the White House in a panic because they’re losing control?
There’s a lot to chew on with all the new developments in the Trump-Russia probe. And, while it’s hard to say exactly how it will all end, it is safe to say that at some point, somehow, it will end.
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