Appearing on Sean Hannity’s program on Fox News on Tuesday night, Rep. Devin Nunes floated a conspiracy theory about the “insurance policy” mentioned in a 2016 text between former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Nunes told Hannity, “We believe that ‘insurance policy’ is not just about investigating the Trump campaign. We believe it’s to ensure that they were able to get the FISA warrant on Carter Page so they could go in and look at the e-mails in the campaign.”
In 2016, Page resigned from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign after news reports focused on his links to Russian interests. Page was investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that year, and Trump has claimed that the FBI under President Barack Obama had it in for him and spied on his campaign. Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter, shares that view.
But the California congressman’s latest anti-FBI assertion is only one of the outlandish things he has said or done. Here are some of the most over-the-top things Nunes has said or done during his years in Congress.
1. Nunes equated Nancy Pelosi with ‘communist dictators’ during Obamacare debate
The Affordable Care Act of 2010, a.k.a. Obamacare, was heavily influenced by the “universal health care via the private sector” ideas that had been promoted by President Richard Nixon, the Heritage Foundation, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and others on the right. But Nunes, during the 2010 health care debate, complained to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, “for most of the 20th Century, people fled the ghost of communist dictators — and now, you are bringing the ghosts back into this chamber.”
Obama met with none other than Stuart Altman, Nixon’s former consultant on health care reform, during the Obamacare debate of 2009/2010, yet Nunes equated Pelosi’s efforts to move the health care debate along with “communist dictators.”
2. Nunes denounced GOP congressman as ‘al-Qaeda’s best friend in Congress’
Nunes’ conspiracy theories aren’t always aimed at Democrats; sometimes, he goes after fellow Republicans—and in May 2014, Nunes described Michigan Rep. Justin Amash as “al-Qaeda’s best friend in Congress.” Although Amash is a Republican, Nunes disliked his voting record on National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance. And he challenged Amash’s position by painting him as a friend of extreme Islamists.
3. Nunes filed a lawsuit against a fake cow
On March 18, Nunes filed a frivolous lawsuit against Twitter in response to various fake Twitter accounts that mocked him, including @DevinCow. Although the goofy @DevinCow—which found him being mocked by a fictional cow—was obviously satire, Nunes sought $250 million in damages.
4. Nunes said Michael Flynn should be thanked for communications with Russian Ambassador Kislyak
Michael Flynn resigned from his position as foreign policy adviser in the Trump Administration after his inappropriate communications with Russian officials were revealed. Flynn later admitted to criminal conduct when he pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the Obama-to-Trump lame duck transition period. But to hear Nunes tell it, Flynn did nothing wrong. In March 2017, Nunes said of Flynn, “From everything that I can see, his conversations with the Russian ambassador—he was doing this country a favor, and he should be thanked for it
5. Nunes claimed Democrats wanted unredacted Mueller report so they could ‘leak it’
In April, Nunes claimed that House Democrats had a sinister motive for requesting an unredacted copy of Mueller’s report: they wanted to “leak it.” The congressman told Fox News’ Harris Faulkner, “The Democrats on the left here just want to get their hands on the report…. so they can leak it to all the bodies in the media, so they can continue on going down rabbit holes of pretending that there is some kind of Russian collusion.
Doctor fighting fraud charge cites Donald Trump in his defense of doling out COVID-19 drug
As President Donald Trump promoted the drug hydroxychloroquine, one California doctor took his recommendations to the bank.
According to the San Diego Tribune, Dr. Jennings Staley is being charged in what appears to be the first case involving the drug. The FBI is charing Staley with mail fraud as part of an effort hailing hydroxychloroquine as a "miracle cure" and the "magic bullet" to an undercover agent posing as a patient, court documents say.
The few police willing to join in solidarity with protesters
Reports of the protests across the country are focusing on the violence, clashes and property damage caused by a small few rather than the peaceful protest of those rallying against injustice and the police standing in solidarity with them.
A few captured positive moments of cities where officers support the protests and believe Black lives do actually matter.
There were moments of protesters fist-bumping police, hugs with police, and in one incident in New York City over the weekend, one officer was separated from his unit. Protesters surrounded him with locked arms to protect him from those being violent. In Miami, Florida and Seattle, Washington, police joined protesters in kneeling.
Trump shows all the signs of being ‘rattled’ now that the White House is under siege from protesters: columnist
In a column for the Atlantic, longtime political observer Peter Nicholas stated that Donald Trump is showing all the signs of a scared man as massive protests have broken out across the country over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minneapolis cops -- and angry Americans are taking their case all the way up to the White House gates.
As Nicholas wrote, "Presidents live within a protective cocoon built and continually fortified for one purpose: keeping them alive. But inside the White House compound these days, Donald Trump seems rattled by what’s transpiring outside the windows of his historic residence."