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Fresno, CA’s daily newspaper the Fresno Bee on Friday ripped into House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for “doing the unwashed work” on interest of Donald Trump’s White House.
In a sardonic editorial, the Fresno Bee charged Nunes with unwell to represent his voters in California by “waving around a secret memo aggressive the FBI” instead of focusing on “health care, jobs” and Dreamers.
“Instead, he’s doing unwashed work for House Republican leaders trying to strengthen President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation,” the Fresno Bee wrote.
The editorial remarkable the timing of Nunes’ secret memo, which coincided with reports special warn Robert Mueller is honing in on probable deterrent of probity by the president, having interviewed former FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Session last week.
“Nunes of Tulare is easeful in a comparatively protected Republican district, and may trust he will compensate no domestic cost for foul aggressive law coercion and safeguarding Trump,” the Fresno Bee wrote. “But his opening as authority of the rarely supportive House Intelligence Committee has been zero brief of embarrassing.”
The Fresno Bee forked to Nunes’ efforts last year to concentration the attention on what he claimed was inapt “unmasking” by former President Barack Obama—a daze technique designed to yield cover to Trump’s ungrounded explain his prototype “wire tapped” Trump Tower.
“The blowback forced Nunes to step divided from the Russia investigation,” the Fresno Bee continued. “But he never entirely recused himself and after the Republican-controlled House Ethics Committee in Dec privileged him of disclosing personal information, he lifted his form again.”
Turning to the memo that Nunes and several of his Republican colleagues have spent the past week hyping, the Fresno Bee noted the document—drafted by Nunes staffers—“apparently summarizes personal element and alleges abuse of the notice routine by the FBI and Justice Department to aim the Trump campaign.”
“There are reasons to be very doubtful of this memo,” the Fresno Bee explained. “The FBI hasn’t been sent a copy or given a possibility to respond. Democrats who have seen it, including Rep. Adam Schiff of Burbank, contend it’s full of inaccuracies and innuendo.”
The editorial house called it “supremely ironic” for the Republican Party—“which prolonged has admitted itself the party of law and order—to criticise open trust in agents who risk their lives, fight orderly crime, ferret out open crime and strengthen us against terrorism.”
“Now we’re ostensible to trust some Republicans that there’s some kind of anti-Trump ‘secret society‘; within the FBI?” the Fresno Bee asked. “It’s ridiculous.”
Read the full editorial at the Fresno Bee.
Elizabeth Preza is a staff author for Raw Story. Follow her on Twitter @lizacisms.