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Devin Nunes trying to destroy research firm as punishment for Trump-Russia dossier: attorney

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Attorneys for the political consulting firm behind the infamous Trump-Russia dossier accused a Republican lawmaker of abusing his power to punish the president’s political enemies.

Legal counsel for Fusion GPS argued late Monday that a subpoena issued by the House Intelligence Committee seeking two years of the opposition research firm’s bank records was overly broad and would destroy the company, reported Business Insider.

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They also issued a statement Tuesday morning, ahead of a news conference by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), accusing the committee chair of acting unethically.

“This overly broad subpoena for Fusion’s bank records serves no investigative purpose and is designed to punish President Trump’s political foes while chilling future investigative research into his actions,” attorney William W. Taylor III said. “It is an abuse of authority by a chairman already under an ethics investigation who supposedly recused himself from work related to Russia’s involvement in the last election.”

Attorneys argued that complying with the subpoena would pose and “existential threat” to Fusion because it would publicly reveal the firms relationship with about 25 clients and approximately 30 contractors.

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“In short, compliance with this subpoena will not only harm Plaintiff’s business, it has a high likelihood of ruining it,” the firm’s lawyers said.

They argued that committee staffers had “systematically disclosed confidential and prejudicial information” about Fusion.

Nunes stepped aside from the congressional probe in April after briefing Trump and reporters on classified intelligence without telling his colleagues on the panel.

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He has conducted his own investigation of the “unmaskings” of Trump associates caught by the Obama administration, and Tuesday announced a new congressional probe of Hillary Clinton’s alleged ties to Russia.

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Fresno Bee burns Nunes to the ground in scathing editorial

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The editorial board of the Fresno Bee has written a scathing takedown of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for his extraordinary fealty to President Donald Trump, which the editors say is harming the country.

Specifically, the editorial accuses Nunes of forsaking his oath of office as a congressman to serve as Trump's most loyal toady on the House Intelligence Committee.

"As has been true for nearly all of Trump’s first term, Nunes has relinquished his proper role as an independent representative of Congress and has instead acted like a member of the Trump 2020 re-election team," the editorial states.

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Republicans blundered badly as their own impeachment expert witness wrecked their defenses of Trump: columnist

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Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee pinned their hopes on George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, their sole expert witness on the panel at the hearing on Wednesday, to discredit the impeachment probe into President Donald Trump.

But as anti-Trump conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote for the Washington Post, even Turley's testimony ended up damaging the GOP more than Democrats, because he undercut one of the GOP's most solid narratives in defense of the president: that trying to extort Ukraine with military aid would not be impeachable even if it was proven.

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‘Dirty’ Jared Kushner should be targeted if GOP makes impeachment trial about Bidens: strategist

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President Donald Trump has signaled that he wants Senate Republicans to turn his impeachment trial around on Democrats by actually making it a trial of the Biden family.

The president on Thursday signaled that he wants former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, to testify at his impeachment trial in an effort to make the trial less about his own misconduct and more about purported misconduct by the Democrats.

However, Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg on Thursday proposed a plan to counter this kind of misdirection: Going after Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, whose shady dealings with world leaders have so far escaped significant scrutiny.

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