We need the truth about Trump and Russia
Our activism is working.
Last week House Intelligence Committee (HIC) Chair Rep. Devin Nunes announced he would temporarily step aside from the HIC’s investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election.
Nunes had to step aside after facing pressure from hundreds of thousands of CREDO activists and from our friends in the progressive movement. But temporary recusal is not enough. We need to keep the heat on Trump’s minions in the House of Representatives by demanding Speaker Paul Ryan to permanently remove Rep. Nunes from the HIC and open a full, independent investigation into the inappropriate ties between Russia and the Trump administration.
Until a full investigation happens outside of the control of Trump’s Republican minions in Congress, we may never find out the truth.
Tell Speaker Ryan: Remove Rep. Nunes completely from the House Intelligence Committee and ensure an independent investigation of Trump’s alleged ties to the Russian government.
Several weeks ago, Rep. Nunes, one of Trump’s most loyal Congressional lapdogs – went around his committee to share classified intelligence directly with the press and the White House. The information helped bolster Trump’s baseless claims that the Obama administration wiretapped him.1Then news broke that Nunes visited the White House to view classified material the day before he claimed Trump was surveilled.2 Before stepping aside, Nunes had effectively closed down his committee’s Russia investigation.3
The House Intelligence Committee is supposed to exercise oversight over national intelligence. That includes oversight of the executive branch. Nunes’ actions in the weeks before he stepped down show that he is not only unfit to lead the House investigation into Trump’s Russia ties, but unfit to monitor the White House at all. And not just because of what seems to be active collaboration between Nunes and the White House to use his position as Intelligence Committee chairman to vindicate Trump’s middle-of-the-night tweets about wiretapping.
Nunes cancelled hearings that might have given more insight into the links between Trump and Russia.4 There is speculation that he cancelled the hearings to prevent former acting Attorney General Sally Yates from providing testimony that would reflect negatively on Trump.5
Before Rep. Nunes recused himself, Paul Ryan doubled down on his support, even in the midst of other Republican lawmakers speaking out.78 If Ryan wanted to really get to the bottom of Trump’s reported troubling connections to Russia, he would do everything he could to ensure there is an independent, thorough and transparent investigation.
Ryan and other Republican congressional leaders clearly care more about partisan politics than the integrity of our democracy, but our pressure is working. Rep. Nunes only temporarily recused himself because the massive outcry from activists all across the country left him no choice. We have to keep the pressure up.
Can you add your voice today to demand that Ryan completely remove Rep. Nunes from the House Intelligence Committee and open up a full independent investigation into the ties between Russia and the Trump administration?
Thanks for everything you do.
- Austin Wright, "Nunes claims some Trump transition messages were intercepted," POLITICO, March 22, 2017.
- Jessica Schulberg, "Devin Nunes met source on White House grounds day before claiming Trump team was surveilled," The Huffington Post, March 27, 2017.
- Karoun Demirjian, "House panel’s Russia probe effectively put on hold," The Washington Post, March 28, 2017.
- Ryan Lizza, "How the White House and Republicans blew up the House Russia investigation," The New Yorker, March 28, 2017.
- Eric Levitz, "The White House Asked for Veto Power Over Sally Yates’s Testimony at Russia Hearing," New York Magazine, March 28, 2017.
- Chris D'Angelo and Jessica Schulberg, "Democrats demand Devin Nunes recuse himself from Russia inquiry," The Huffington Post, March 27, 2017.
- Scott Wong, "First GOP lawmaker calls for Nunes to recuse himself," The Hill, March 28, 2017.
- Meghan Keneally and John Parkinson, "Paul Ryan says Devin Nunes shouldn't recuse himself from Russia investigation," ABC News, March 28, 2017.