In recent weeks it’s become clear that not only is rogue Congressman Devin Nunes a suspect in the Trump-Russia investigation, he’s probably going to end up in prison. In fact his antics have become so out of control, even his fellow Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy has begun publicly distancing himself from those antics. Now it turns out the U.S. intel community is indeed taking some kind of action with regard to Nunes.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has authority over the Trump-Russia investigation, and FBI Director Christopher Wray both met with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan today according to a report from The Hill (link). Rosenstein requested the meeting, and according to an MSNBC on-air report, it was specifically to discuss “Devin Nunes and the Russia investigation.” It couldn’t be any more clear that the intel community leadership is putting its foot down with regard to Nunes, and it’s demanding that Ryan go along with it.
What’s less clear is if Rosenstein and Wray called the meeting because they’re simply demanding that Ryan get Nunes to stop obstructing justice, or if they called the meeting to inform Ryan that Nunes is indeed a suspect. But at this point Nunes has committed so many blatantly illegal acts of obstruction of justice in the name of trying to sabotage the Trump-Russia investigation, there is no question that he’s a target of the investigation. There are two key points here.
First, despite all of Donald Trump’s recent foot stomping about the intel community, Rosenstein and Wray clearly believe they have the muscle to force Paul Ryan to do their bidding with regard to Devin Nunes. If Ryan had called the meeting, it would tell us a different story altogether, but Rosenstein called this meeting. Second, this tells us that Robert Mueller and the FBI have enough on Nunes to be making these kinds of demands. Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe recently stated his expectation that Nunes will go to prison.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report