Collusion Conspiracy Continues To Collapse - Rep. Nunes Cleared In Russian Leak Probe

The House Ethics Committee cleared Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) of allegations that he disclosed classified information pertaining to the Russia investigation - announcing on Thursday that the investigation would be closed following consultation with experts on the classification process.

Nunes - chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, recused himself from the House investigation into Russian interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign, after he announced in March that President Trump's transition team was monitored by U.S. intelligence officials. Nunes immediately came under fire from Democrats who claimed he coordinated the bombshell announcement with the Trump campaign. 

After Nunes stepped down, control over the House investigation into the Russia inquiry shifted to Reps. Mike Conaway (R-TX), Tom Rooney (R-FL) and Trey Gowdy (R-SC).

In mid-March, Nunes said that he had seen classified documents which revealed that communications of the Trump transition team were picked up by U.S. intelligence operations between November 2016 and January 2017 - both legally and incidentally. At the time, CNN reported that Nunes visited the White House the day before his announcement to view evidence of the surveillance, further raising questions as to whether or not he had been coordinating with the Trump campaign. 

Nunes denied anything was odd about his White House visit - telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer in late March that it is commonplace for him to travel to the White House to view classified information from various agencies for all sorts of business in his capacity as a congressman. 

“Nobody was sneaking around,” Nunes told Blitzer, adding “All it was was just a place where I had to go to be able to review this information. In fact, I'm quite that sure that I think people in the West Wing had no idea that I was there. Look, I go over there a lot, go over there often for meetings and briefings to meet foreign dignitaries, all those sorts of things.”

In a Thursday statement, Nunes thanked the ethics panel "for completely clearing me today of the cloud that was created by this investigation, and for determining that I committed no violation of anything - no violation of House Rules, law, regulations, or any other standards of conduct," adding "While I appreciate the Ethics Committee's work, I need to reiterate that the allegations against me were obviously frivolous and were rooted in politically motivated complaints filed against me by left-wing activist groups." 

Nunes then slammed House Democrats on the panel for making statements “that appeared to prejudge this matter before they began investigating the complaint," before calling on the committee to release the transcripts related to his case "as an act of transparency and accountability to bolster confidence that partisanship does not infect the Ethics Committee's investigations." 

I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for the committee to release those transcripts. They might reveal more of that nasty partisan hack bug that's been floating around. 

Comments

Rubicon76 Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:00 Permalink

You mean this whole collusion business was a farce?  Say it ain't so!  They must find some impeachable offense so Stuart Smalley can run for the Senate and vote to impeach the President after the Congressional Black Cockus votes to impeach in the House.

jeff montanye Bastiat Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:17 Permalink

the russiagate probe is most valuable for what it can be made to say about the dnc and the fbi: why did the fbi not examine the dnc email servers, how could the fbi not investigate seth rich's death, given the circumstances, when the fbi was trying to find out by whom and how the dnc emails were stolen and transferred to wikileaks, and how was the christopher steele dossier of spurious, salacious "information" about donald trump initiated, paid for, obtained and used.  the later verb will serve to indict the fbi, the cia, and the nsa if properly employed.dear mr. president, not that i really think you would be, but please don't be satisfied with "beating" the russiagate probe.  please use it to beat the dnc and the investigatory and clandestine agencies into revealing more of their evil deeds.  should robert mueller's work appear biased, incompetent and an accessory to conspiracy to obstruct justice, perhaps some of his shortcomings in the 9-11 investigation could be made more public.  as you know there is an election next year and there may be an attempt to impeach you.

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chunga jeff montanye Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:02 Permalink

If the blues get the numbers he's toast. I hope he doesn't underestimate the votes he got for the single reason that he was the best shot to stop dreaded Honest Hill'rey. Maybe I'm overestimating that number but 2 votes came his way from us, and as it stands right now unless he starts draining, he won't get them nor will his mid-term reds, we'll just stay home or go for deez nutz.

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Mini-Me Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:03 Permalink

When will they investigate the Uranium One deal?  When do they start probing the criminal Clinton Foundation slush fund?  What happened to Anthony Weiner's laptop?  When do they perform an actual investigation of the Seth Rich "robbery"?

Chupacabra-322 Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:03 Permalink

Investigations, probes.?

Nothing short of

Arrest.

Indictments.

Enprisonment

Trial.

And,

Execution for Crimes Against Humanity & Crimes Against the American People will suffice.

You would think the Criminal Law Enforcement Agencies would want to get back to good standing with the American People. However, whatever trust, loyalty & respect the American People had for them has been squandered.
And, they only have themselves to blame for not arresting, indicting, enprisoning & Executing Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Hillary Clinton and others.

Fuck Them!

And, their

Tyrannical Lawlessness.

Librarian Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:05 Permalink

In mid-March, Nunes said that he had seen classified documents which revealed that communications of the Trump transition team were picked up by U.S. intelligence operations between November 2016 and January 2017 - both legally and incidentallyUnder what claimed authority?  That seems to be dirty question here.

Mike Masr Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:11 Permalink

I have been voting since 1976. In all of elections over all of these years I have NEVER seen sore fucking losers like today's Democrats.These fucking douchbags care more about destroying Trump as they destroy the country. Our country is unraveling day by day as these scumbags pursue these bullshit Russia fables.I don't know about any of you but I am fucking sick of hearing RUSSIA, RUSSIA RUSSIA!Democrats are sore fucking losers!        

jeff montanye Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:22 Permalink

it's not so much democrats as such that are sore losers but that the mossad likud zionists, who were totally ok with mccain or romney being president (but not unvetted trump), are sore fucking losers.

wmbz Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:14 Permalink

Once this whole bullshit Russia crap falls completely on it's ass.Mueller and company will just waltz away, without any penalty. When they and the Clitons should be shot at best. In prison at the very least.lying trash everyone one of them, and the taxpayer gets the bill as usual.

aliki Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:28 Permalink

nunes - 1 of the last few patriots with a set of balls in that building.

given the investigating of the investigators he is doing, dude shud have more secret service protection than trump.

There Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:41 Permalink

Congress can not fix his Feckless wierdness.The real story is that his brother in law sells SKIFS and he was providing him some self dealing publicity,

SRV Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:40 Permalink

How in hell do the Dems (minority party) get to pull this BS on the only Republican actively fighting corrupt Dem actions against Trump?He needs to call out every GOP member who sided with the crooks!

CAPT DRAKE Fri, 12/08/2017 - 18:19 Permalink

I live in complete and abject fear of what is going to happen when (If.) the dems take over again.   The viseral hatred they have for white males is overt.