Earlier this week influential Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy abruptly announced that he was quitting Congress at the end of his term instead of seeking reelection. Considering the timing, it was fairly obvious that he was at the end of his rope with regard to the infamous Devin Nunes memo about the Trump-Russia scandal. Nunes had dragged Gowdy into the mess, and once it was clear that Nunes was going ahead with the illegal debacle, Gowdy decided he’d had enough. Now we’re learning just how thoroughly Nunes dragged Gowdy into it.
Nunes appeared on Fox News today after the release of the memo and claimed that he had never even read the FISA applications that he was demonizing in his memo. He claimed that he’d had Trey Gowdy read the applications instead. We don’t know if Nunes is telling the truth or lying about this; he has a consistent history of making false claims. But he’s either revealing how he made Gowdy do his dirty work for the memo, or he’s falsely trying to shift the culpability to Gowdy.
Nunes and Gowdy both served on Donald Trump’s transition team. Michael Flynn was informing the transition team of his illegal plot with the Russian Ambassador in real time. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has Flynn as a cooperating witness, and he has all of the transition team emails. That means Nunes and Gowdy have been implicated in the Trump-Russia scandal and coverup. If they knew about Flynn’s felonies and failed to report them, that’s a felony. If they conspired to cover up Flynn’s felonies, that’s also a felony.
Devin Nunes has spent the past year illegally trying to sabotage the investigation in the hope that it’ll never get to him. Trey Gowdy keeps publicly expressing faith in Robert Mueller, suggesting that he’s trying to come out on the right side of this. Based on Nunes’ own words, he appears to have left Gowdy with no choice but to resign in order to avoid going down for obstruction of justice. We still don’t know what Mueller will do with Gowdy, but it sure looks like Nunes will end up in prison.
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