“No, I don’t read the New York Times,” Devin Nunes confessed to The American Spectator Wednesday night.
If only Nunes had read an op-ed posted hours earlier by the Times, then he would truly know not to read the newspaper. The heavy-breathing article accused the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) of “mischief,” presiding over a “sham” investigation, harboring “malign” intent, releasing “a flop” report, and standing “against accountability.” The Times seems to like Nunes as much as Nunes likes the Times.
At Wednesday’s dinner, Nunes declared the “legacy media,” which conjures up images of the Old Gray Lady, “dead.” He might have more accurately described establishment journalists as “dead to me.” The Claudine Schneider, Eliot Cohen, and Norman Eise op-ed depicts Nunes in a similarly unflattering light.
Though filled with speculation regarding Nunes’s alleged plans of a nefarious nature, “Beware of Devin Nunes’s Next Move” at least gets it right when it warns fellow despisers of the California congressman that “for those who may be thinking good riddance, think again.”
“What’s over is the investigation called the four corners basically focusing on collusion and Russian interference and whether or not there were any recommendations we wanted to make for the next election,” Nunes explained to The American Spectator. “That was what Mr. [Michael] Conaway, [Tom] Rooney, and [Trey] Gowdy — we created a task force, basically. And that has come to a close.”
Earlier this week, the committee released a note summarizing the conclusions drawn from this part of the investigation, which, perhaps, misled some Times readers into believing Nunes soon fades into the San Joaquin Valley Sunset sunset. Nunes outlined the short-term timeline of his committee’s work.
“We have an ongoing investigation into FISA abuse and other matters,” Nunes told The American Spectator. “We’re currently investigating the State Department. We have a questionnaire that’s out there that we’re waiting for responses on, and if those don’t get responded to then we’ll have to subpoena them to come in to do a deposition.”
Nunes says the full report on his committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election becomes public after members of the minority party examine it and intelligence figures vet it. He expects to release the document to the public in about three weeks. The public should expect more reports, memos, and releases on other matters pertinent to the ongoing investigation.
While Nunes found no evidence to support the idea of Donald Trump’s campaign colluding with the Russians, he reports direct connections between the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Russians.
“There’s an obvious link between the Hillary campaign and the Russians, a direct link,” Nunes explained. “The dossier was paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party. So, it went from the Democratic Party and the Clinton campaign to a law firm. The law firm then hired a company called Fusion GPS. Fusion GPS then hired a guy named Christopher Steele. Christopher Steele then, supposedly, if you believe him, got this information from directly from Russians. So, there are links directly to Russians.”
But do not expect Devin Nunes to tell this to the New York Times and do not expect the New York Times to report it. The newspaper appears unmoved to faithfully report the congressman’s words and the congressman looks unwilling to speak his words to the newspaper.
Like so many embroiled in investigations, Devin Nunes and the New York Times are not exactly talking.