GOP Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, told Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly on Monday that he will definitely not be recusing himself from the Trump-Russia investigation, instead accusing the Democrats of playing politics with the issue.
“Everything is politics here,” Nunes said with a straight face, days after he went out of his way to provide political cover for Donald Trump.
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During the softball interview, Nunes told O’Reilly, “Well, I’m sure that the Democrats do want me to quit, because they know I’m quite effective at getting to the bottom of things.”
The goal of this investigation is to get to the bottom of why so many Trump associates – and even Trump himself – have ties to Russia. When Nunes snuck over to the White House last week and tried to hand the president a political shield for making the still-ridiculous claim that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, he showed he cannot be trusted to run an independent probe or get to “the bottom of things.”
Not to mention something that often goes unnoticed these days: Nunes himself was a member of the Trump transition team. Why should anybody trust him to run a credible investigation into the president’s team on which he served?
As Nunes refuses to back away from an investigation he can’t be trusted to run, Democrats are right to continue to put pressure on him to step aside.
On Monday, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, called for Nunes to recuse himself. Shortly after that, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged Nunes to do the same.
The only person in this scenario who’s playing politics is Devin Nunes, who refuses to run an investigation in a credible way. Democrats calling for his recusal aren’t playing politics; they’re doing their jobs.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.