For the better part of 2017, Congressman Devin Nunes has been acting guilty. He misused his role as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to try to sabotage the committee’s investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia scandal. After his antics got him temporarily removed from the investigation, he launched his own rogue investigation aimed at clearing Trump. Now evidence is emerging that he was in on the Trump-Russia conspiracy from the start, and one respected legal expert says Nunes is going to prison for it.
Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe, who may be the foremost expert on the U.S. Constitution, stated his view on Twitter on Thursday evening: “Nunes is headed to federal prison.” He didn’t expand on his specific legal reasoning, but it’s not difficult to surmise what specifics he’s referencing.
Donald Trump added Devin Nunes to his transition team in the hope of buttering him up so he would side with Trump once his committee’s inevitable investigations into Trump’s various crimes got underway. It’s since been reported that when Michael Flynn was illegally conspiring with the Russians during the transition period, he was keeping the Trump transition team in the loop. It’s also been reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has all of the Trump transition team emails. So if Nunes knew what Flynn was up to, Mueller has proof.
This would make Devin Nunes guilty of conspiracy against the United States. That consciousness of guilt would also help prove that Nunes’ subsequent attempts at sabotaging the Trump-Russia investigation were in fact obstruction of justice. Nunes could try to cut a plea deal. But with bigger fish Michael Flynn having already cut a deal, it’s not clear that Nunes would have anything of value to offer prosecutors. No wonder Laurence Tribe thinks Nunes is headed to prison.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report