A prominent member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence blasted Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for allowing Intel Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) to obstruct the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
“I believe what’s happening now is the Republicans want to shut down this investigation,” charged Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL). “When you team it with the Nunes White House midnight excursion, the memo which wasted five weeks, and many other episodes, couple that with the president’s firing Comey, trying to fire Mueller several times and clearly now shooting up efforts to get rid of Jeff Sessions.”
Rep. Quigley told MSNBC anchor Alex Witt that the one person who can fix the situation is Speaker Ryan.
“Today’s message must be, the one person I think who can stop this, is Speaker Ryan. This is his committee, he has control over that, he appoints Mr. Nunes committee,” Quigley explained. “Right now, I would ask the Speaker of the House — ‘do you want to be part of obstructing the most important investigation of our lifetime? Do you want that as part of your legacy?'”
Only Speaker Ryan can fix the Congressman Nunes situation, at least until the 2018 midterm elections.
“In the final analysis, he’s the one that’s initiated the rogue investigations and the memo and clearly he is controlling the subpoenas and how testimony goes,” Quigley suggested. “So to answer your question, there are no Republicans pressing anybody other than Steve Bannon. They laid a subpoena on Steve Bannon, because apparently nobody likes him and he’s a man without a country.”
“Do you anticipate wanting to recall Hope Hicks once she departs the White House, which is supposedly happening in just a matter of a few weeks?” Witt asked.
“I think we need Ms. Hicks back, Mr. Bannon back, Mr. Lewandoski, Mr. Sessions, Eric Prince — they all refuse to answer critical questions. Most of them were not under subpoena,” Rep. Quigley noted. “So we need help, again, from the Speaker of the House, to compel the leadership of this committee to subpoena witnesses, and to press them and to force them and when they don’t answer questions, they’re going to have to face contempt proceedings.”