Two breaking news stories today from two different major news outlets may in fact be part of the same story. One of them directly dealt with rogue Congressman Devin Nunes and his newly exposed antics. The other was about pending indictments, criminal charges, and handcuffs in the Trump-Russia scandal. If these are indeed the same story, it’s time for Nunes to begin losing sleep.
First we had an on-air report today from NBC News that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is on the verge of indicting the hackers and leakers in the Trump-Russia scandal. The story was primarily focused on the hackers who stole the DNC emails during the election, but it was far less clear about which “leakers” were involved. Is it just the email leakers, or does this include those who have since leaked things to try to sabotage the investigation? Then we had a report today from CNN which has Senators of both parties fingering Devin Nunes for having allegedly done even more obstructive leaking than was previously known.
The Senate Intel Committee’s Republican Chairman Richard Burr and Democratic Vice Chairman Mark Warner are now jointly accusing Nunes of having leaked Warner’s text messages to try to sabotage the Trump-Russia probe, according that CNN report (link). Nunes leaked this weeks ago. Why are they going public with this now? Did they just figure it out now, or are they looking to soften up the ground before Mueller moves in?
It’s entirely possible that Robert Mueller’s imminent indictments will only end up including the DNC email leakers. But most coincidences in the Trump-Russia scandal have turned out not to be coincidences. Now we have both parties accusing Devin Nunes of additional criminal leaking, at the same time Mueller is revealing that he’s about to indict leakers. Even if Mueller isn’t about to indict Nunes in this next round, Burr and Warner have now given Mueller the greenlight to take down Nunes whenever he sees fit – which means it’ll happen eventually.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report