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‘I can do whatever I want’: Nunes admits he was never going to recuse himself from the House Russia probe

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Monday addressed his non-recusal from the House Intelligent Committee’s investigation into Russia hacking and possible collusion with Donald Trump’s campaign, arguing, “I can do whatever I want.”

“I can do whatever I want, I’m the chairman of the committee,” Nunes said, according to CNN. “I voluntarily, temporarily stepped aside from leading the investigation.”

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In April, Nunes said he would step aside from the Russia probe after the House ethics committee opened in investigation into his handling of classified information. Nunes briefly derailed the House Russia probe when held a press conference to discuss sensitive information that purported to show the Obama administration “unmasked” members of the Trump transition team through routine, legal surveillance. Trump would later say that press conference made him feel “somewhat” vindicated for his baseless claim that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign.

“When I temporarily stepped aside from leading the investigation, that’s exactly what it means: It doesn’t mean I wasn’t going to be involved, it doesn’t mean I wasn’t going to be fully read in,” Nunes said.

“Every decision I make is my own,” he continued. “I can go back right after this conversation and take the investigation over. Although I think everybody’s learning there’s not really much there because there’s no collusion—which is what I had said several months ago, I hadn’t seen any evidence.”

Nunes, who was a member of Trump’s transition team, argued he never recused himself from the probe in the first place.

“I temporarily stepped aside, just to make sure there was no issue at all, just to give everybody assurance there was no ethical issues at all,” Nunes said. “That is not withdrawing, that is not recusing myself from an investigation.”

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“I don’t complain about anything, because this is a tough business,” he added. “But I know that I’ve been telling the truth the entire time, you can’t go back and find anything that I’ve misled you on.”


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Trump is the ‘greatest troll in the history of the internet’ and Twitter needs to ‘pull the plug’: NYT columnist

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President Donald Trump would face an existential crisis if Twitter were to enforce it's own rules and hold him accountable -- and one New York Times columnist wants to see it happen.

"C’mon, @Jack. You can do it," Maureen Dowd wrote, referring to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey with his username on the platform.

She urged Dorsey to "just pull the plug on him."

"You could answer the existential question of whether @realDonaldTrump even exists if he doesn’t exist on Twitter. I tweet, therefore I am. Dorsey meets Descartes," she explained. "All it would take is one sweet click to force the greatest troll in the history of the internet to meet his maker."

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Justice Roberts took ‘clear swipe’ at Kavanaugh in opinion siding with liberals in religion case: report

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On Friday night, the Supreme Court handed down a decision in South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom, holding that California Gov. Gavin Newsom's restrictions on church gatherings are not a violation of religious liberty. Chief Justice John Roberts crossed over to join with the liberals for a 5-4 split.

But the ruling was dramatic in a key way. As court watcher Mark Joseph Stern wrote for Slate, Justice Brett Kavanaugh "falsely accused the state of religious discrimination in an extremely misleading opinion that omits the most important facts of the case" in his dissent — and was so dishonest that Roberts went out of his way to rebuke him in the Court opinion.

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WATCH: Democratic congresswoman pepper sprayed by police at Ohio George Floyd protest

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On Saturday, NBC 4 reported that Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) was pepper sprayed during an incident at a rally in Columbus on Saturday morning.

In footage of the incident posted by local anchor Colleen Marshall, several protesters ran at police trying to control the crowd in an attempt to extricate a female protester, prompting officers to use pepper spray to control the crowds.

In addition to Beatty, Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin and Franklin County Commissioner Kevin Boyce were also caught in the line of fire.

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A source provided this video to @ColleenNBC4 showing the incident that resulted in Rep. Joyce Beatty, City Council President Shannon Hardin and Franklin County Commissioner Kevin Boyce getting pepper sprayed Saturday morning. https://t.co/ogqPrajniZ pic.twitter.com/19f1xbC53m

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