The 300-page impeachment inquiry report released by the House Intelligence Committee contains a gauntlet of damning evidence revealing the systemic abuse of power orchestrated by the Trump administration in the Ukraine bribery scandal. Efforts by Trump and his cronies to extort the Ukrainian government for fake political dirt on Joe Biden are laid bare in plain language.
What's particularly interesting in the report is GOP Congressman Devin Nunes' intimate involvement in said criminal campaign. Lev Parnas, one of Giuliani's recently indicted Ukrainian "fixers", is cooperating with prosecutors and House investigators, and that is very bad news for Nunes. The ranking GOP member on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, Nunes has emerged as a key player in the very scheme he's supposedly investigating on behalf of Congress.
Asked about his correspondence with Parnas in a softball interview by Sean Hannity, Nunes mumbled, "It's possible. But I haven't gone through all of my phone records." In a separate interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News he dodged further questioning regarding his involvement in the bribery scandal, dismissing the whole thing as the nefarious work of corrupt media.
Kicking, screaming and obfuscating won't change the truth. Facts matter. Rep. Nunes should recuse himself from any further impeachment proceedings in the House, and Congress should investigate him for conspiring to extort Ukraine for political gain. We must hold our elected officials to account.
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