House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) insisted Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos never met the president — but a former U.S. Attorney smacked down his easily rebutted claim.
Nunes appeared Monday on “Fox & Friends,” where he tried to walk back unintentionally damaging evidence from a memo issued by his office about the special counsel probe in which Papadopoulos pleaded guilty.
“If Papadopoulos was such a major figure, you had nothing on him, you know, the guy lied,” Nunes told Fox News. “As far as we can tell, Papadopoulos never even knew who — never even had met with the president.”
However, the former foreign policy adviser was photographed meeting during the campaign with Trump and then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).
That fact wasn’t lost on Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
“This man @DevinNunes is the chair of the Intelligence Committee,” Bharara tweeted. “There is literally a picture of Papadopoulous meeting with the President. As far as we can tell, Nunes is not good at his job.”
This man @DevinNunes is the chair of the Intelligence Committee. There is literally a picture of Papadopoulous meeting with the President. As far as we can tell, Nunes is not good at his job. https://t.co/MDFkvxJ39u
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) February 5, 2018
Nunes also downplayed the drunken boast by Papadopoulos that triggered the FBI investigation of Trump campaign ties to Russia.
“Look, getting drunk in London and talking to diplomats, saying that you don’t like Hillary Clinton — I think it’s kind of scary that our intelligence agencies would take that and use it against [an] American citizen,” Nunes said.