Yesterday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif) suddenly remembered that it would be dangerous to his political health to continue investigating the Trump campaign’s connections to Russian political espionage in a non-partisan way.
He therefore announced that he was in posession of information showing that the U.S. Government made incidental recordings of Trump transition officials, after the election but before the inauguration, during legal surveillance.
Though this in no way supports Trump’s claim that Obama ordered wiretapping of Trump’s phones, it does provide cover for Trump in a way that might make it appear to some that there is some truth to his ramblings about Obama’s nefarious intentions.
The bottom line is that Nunes is supposed to be chairing the committee responsible for exploring Trump’s connections to Russia, but has instead chosen to make himself a pawn of the Administration. He chose to make the committee a partisan circus.
Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee had not been informed in advance of Nunes’s announcement and was justifiably furious. Schiff, reacting in kind, has now been saying that there is evidence that is “not circumstantial” of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Schiff had previously only pointed to circumstantial evidence.
Certainly neither Nunes nor Schiff should be saying such things while their committee is attempting to do its work, but if Trump and those trying to protect him insist on playing these kinds of games, Democrats have no option but to escalate the rhetoric.
Sadly, when fighting those with no credibility, it is not always best to play according to Hoyle.