Republican Congressman Devin Nunes represents a constituency in California’s right-learning, agriculturally-focused Central Valley. Far from home, Rep. Nunes has made a name for himself out in Washington, D.C. as one of Republican President Donald Trump’s biggest boosters.
Congressman Nunes recently pulled out all the stops in attempting to shield Trump from the escalating Russia collusion scandal by hyping up a “secret memo” that claims to show that the FBI illegally abused its power in service of Democratic interests. Back in the Central Valley, some of Nunes’ constituents are clearly tiring of their congressman’s pro-Trump shenaningans. Nunes’ hometown newspaper the Fresno Bee recently published a scathing editorial blasting Rep. Nunes and calling his actions on Capitol Hill “embarrassing.”
The Bee‘s editorial board made no attempt to mute their disdain for Rep. Nunes’ questionable work in service of the embattled president, titling their editorial “Rep. Devin Nunes, Trump’s stooge, attacks FBI.” The editors began, “What, pray tell, does Rep. Devin Nunes think he’s doing by waving around a secret memo attacking the FBI, the nation’s premier law enforcement agency? He certainly isn’t representing his Central Valley constituents or Californians, who care much more about health care, jobs and, yes, protecting Dreamers than about the latest conspiracy theory.” They added, “Instead, he’s doing dirty work for House Republican leaders trying to protect President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation. It’s no accident that this latest attempt to discredit the FBI and distract the public is happening at the same time special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe appears to be picking up steam – and focusing on possible obstruction of justice by the president.”
The editors then dropped their “embarrassing” insult on their local representative, opining, “Nunes of Tulare is sheltered in a relatively safe Republican district, and may believe he will pay no political price for unfairly attacking law enforcement and protecting Trump. But his performance as chairman of the highly sensitive House Intelligence Committee has been nothing short of embarrassing.” They went on, “Instead of taking Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election seriously and leading an impartial and bipartisan inquiry, Nunes has colluded with the White House. Last March, Nunes said he’d seen secret intelligence reports backing Trump’s claims that President Barack Obama had ‘wiretapped’ his offices, but it turned out the documents came from the administration.” Do you agree that Trump stooge Nunes is an embarrassment?