Devin Nunes

Winery Partly Owned by Nunes Sued After Fundraiser

“In 2015, Alene Anase was asked by her employer Alpha Omega Winery to serve guests as part of a charity cruise on the San Francisco Bay. But what she expected to be a routine shift serving wine turned into a nightmare,” the Fresno Bee reports.

“The guests aboard the yacht that night — described in her 2016 lawsuit as 25 of the Napa Valley-based winery’s top investors, all men — were openly using what appeared to be cocaine and ‘drawing straws’ for which sex worker to hire.”

One of the investors: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA).

Nunes Sees Grassroots Fundraising Explode

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) “raised an extraordinary approximate sum of $2.25 million in six weeks as grassroots Republicans rewarded the House Intelligence Committee chairman for quarterbacking President Trump’s counterattack against allegations of collusion with Russia in 2016,” the Washington Examiner reports.

“The haul should push Nunes’ midterm war chest past $5 million, with donations pouring in from a national fundraising program.”

Nunes Threatens to Hold Sessions In Contempt

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) warned that he plans to urge lawmakers “this week” to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of Congress for failing to hand over classified materials related to the Russia investigation, CNN reports.

But the Justice Department informed Nunes three days ago — on the deadline for responding to a subpoena from Nunes’ committee — that providing the information on a “specific individual” could pose grave implications for national security.

It was not immediately clear why Nunes has targeted Sessions.

Trump Almost Brought Nunes Into His Administration

New York Times: “The Trump team was so impressed with Nunes that, according to the transition official, it considered bringing him into the administration. A few weeks after the election, the congressman traveled to Trump Tower, where, according to transition officials, he and Trump discussed the possibility of his becoming the director of national intelligence and overseeing an ambitious reorganization of the intelligence community. But Trump ultimately decided to shelve those plans and appoint as director a less disruptive figure, Dan Coats, a former Indiana senator. Besides, with Pompeo leaving Capitol Hill for Langley, Trump’s circle believed that Nunes would be even more valuable to the administration if he remained in Congress, running the Intelligence Committee.”

“Some 17 months later, that looks to have been a remarkably prescient decision — as Trump appears to have been able to influence Nunes to a remarkable degree.”

Nunes Creates His Own News Site

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) “has found a way around the often unflattering coverage of his role in the Trump-Russia investigation — by operating his own partisan news outlet,” Politico reports.

Resembling a local, conservative news site, The California Republican is classified on Facebook as a “media/news company” and claims to deliver “the best of US, California, and Central Valley news, sports, and analysis.”

Ex-CIA Director Says Nunes Has Abused His Authority

Former CIA Director John Brennan accused Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, of selectively releasing information to accuse law enforcement officials of improperly obtaining a warrant to monitor the communications of a former Trump campaign adviser, the Washington Post reports.

Said Brennan: “It’s just appalling and clearly underscores how partisan Mr. Nunes has been. He has abused the chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee.”

Nunes Claims Only ‘Minor Edits’ Were Made to Memo

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) claims the changes made to a controversial memo after his committee voted to release it were only “minor edits” and not “secret” and “material,” as Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) described, Buzzfeed News reports.

“Democrats, however, maintained that the changes were not insignificant and that Republicans should redo the vote to declassify the memo.”

Trump’s Stooge

The Fresno Bee, the largest newspaper in Rep. Devin Nunes’s (R-CA) district, ripped the GOP lawmaker in a scathing editorial:

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.

Instead, he’s doing dirty work for House Republican leaders trying to protect President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation.

Nunes Committee Asked for ‘Unmasking’ of Americans

“The Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee asked U.S. spy agencies late last year to reveal the names of U.S. individuals or organizations contained in classified intelligence on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, engaging in the same practice that President Trump has accused the Obama administration of abusing,” the Washington Post reports.

“The chairman of the committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), has since cast the practice of ‘unmasking’ of U.S. individuals and organizations mentioned in classified reports as an abuse of surveillance powers by the outgoing Obama administration.”

Nunes Says Russia Investigation Is Just Excuse

Embattled House Select Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) “told hundreds of local Republicans at a recent private dinner fundraiser that congressional investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election are about Democrats trying to justify Hillary Clinton’s loss,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

Said Nunes: “They want to continue the narrative that Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are best friends, and that’s the reason that he won, because Hillary Clinton would have never lost on her own; it had to be someone else’s fault.”

He added: “They have tried to destroy this Russia investigation, they’ve never been serious about it, and one of the great things now that I’ve stepped aside from this Russia investigation, I can actually say what I want to say.”

Classified Documents Contradict Nunes Claims

“After a review of the same intelligence reports brought to light by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers and aides have so far found no evidence that Obama administration officials did anything unusual or illegal,” multiple sources in both parties tell CNN.

“Their private assessment contradicts President Trump’s allegations that former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice broke the law by requesting the ‘unmasking’ of US individuals’ identities. Trump had claimed the matter was a ‘massive story.'”