House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes knows his way around Congress and the deep state, and what’s more, the California Republican isn’t afraid to call balls and strikes like he sees them.
As such, he made it plain this week that under Joe Biden, the intelligence community can’t go back being weaponized like it was during Biden’s VP days, under the ‘tutelage of Barack Obama, when only Republicans (and lefty media types who asked to many questions) were ‘targets of interest.’
The Washington Times reports:
Republicans are putting the Biden intelligence chiefs on notice that their agencies are moving dangerously close to spying on Americans in the U.S.
They raised concerns on Thursday at a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing featuring President Biden’s five top intelligence officials, including Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and FBI Director Christopher A. Wray.
The fears stem from both the past and the present.
The most egregious example of the abuse of our intelligence community was Obama’s deployment of ‘assets’ against the 2016 campaign of Hillary Clinton’s rival, Donald Trump. There should have been multiple arrests and imprisonment over that outrage, but even Trump couldn’t get the cogs of justice to move for him, so the guilty remain free.
Which brings us full circle back to Nunes: He’s seen that movie already and he doesn’t want to watch it again.
“The Democrats see political benefits in characterizing wide swaths of American citizens particularly Republicans and conservatives as politically suspect, politically violent and deserving of government surveillance,” Nunes said during Thursday’s hearings. “However, I will remind those assembled here today that our intelligence community exists solely to counteract foreign threats.
“As for the leaders of the intelligence community, I hope you plan on spending a reasonable amount of time in upcoming years on activities other than investigating conservatives and spying on Republican presidential campaigns,” he added.
Recall that the FBI targeted then-Trump campaign aide Carter Page and also went after then-National Security Adviser-incoming Michael Flynn, neither with good cause. Lies were told to secure FISA warrants for Page; lies were told to justify the roll-up of Flynn and resulting prosecution. Lies that amounted to felonies; and yet, no one paid a legal price for any of it.
In fact, many of the key players were rewarded.
Fired FBI Director James Comey got a lucrative book deal, speaking gigs, and free air to breathe. His deputy, Andrew McCabe, a book deal and a network gig with MSNBC. Others have kept security clearances and are still feted by the intel and diplomatic communities while collecting fat taxpayer-paid pensions.
Nunes was the tip of the spear for Trump during his term. When he controlled the House Intelligence Committee, it did yeoman’s work uncovering the stinking filth of corruption Obama had to have known about and approved. It’s because of him and his GOP investigators we even know what we know about ‘Russiagate.’
So if anything, Nunes is ‘on to’ Biden and his handlers: He’s been there before, he’s seen the nastiness up close and personal, and he knows how the game is played.
“Republicans feel like they’ve been targeted, and you hear that every single day when we’re out with our constituents,” he said at the hearings.
He’s right. They are.