After the flurry of testimony in the House impeachment inquiry hearings this month, one of the central players headlines focused on was Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who repeatedly slammed the media’s coverage of the hearings, saying that Americans “have learned to recognize fake news when they see it,” adding that media outlets are the “puppets” of Democrats.
In a piece last Tuesday for Nunes’ hometown newspaper The Frenso Bee, Kate Irby and Francesca Chambers noted that much of Nunes’ rhetoric echoes the rhetoric of President Trump and “has closely matched Trump’s own defense of his actions.”
“…and some details within the impeachment hearings suggest Nunes could be coordinating with the White House.”
One signal that Nunes may be coordinating with the White House is the fact that he was the first to receive the transcript of Trump’s infamous July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president, where allegedly pressured him to open an investigation into the Bidens in exchange for military aid.
The Bee’s piece also cites former House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Democratic staff member Mieke Eoyang, who said that Nunes’ rhetoric “seems to have an audience of one.”
Also providing a clue was Nunes’ questioning of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman this past Tuesday, where he seemingly tried to get Vindman to reveal the identity of the whistleblower — a vocal crusade of Trump’s.
AG Bill Barr will ‘try to interfere’ in the 2020 election to re-elect Trump: MSNBC national affairs analyst
Attorney General William Barr will use the Department of Justice to "try to interfere" in the 2020 presidential election to re-elect Donald Trump, MSNBC's national affairs analyst predicted on Tuesday.
John Heilemann was interviewed by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC's "The Last Word."
"The attorney general, from the moment he walked into this job, has behaved in a -- as a ruthless, relentless political hack and a thug and who has behaved not as attorney general of the United States," Heilemann said.
"He made a travesty of the Mueller report and continues to lie on Donald Trump's behalf at every opportunity," he added.
Trump welcomed Russia’s Sergey Lavrov to the White House — to humiliate us all
Despite the fact that President Donald Trump still refuses to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington for an officials meeting — a topic at the center of the scandal driving Trump’s impeachment — the White House hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday.
And while Lavrov was honored with his second private Oval Office meeting (the first one was a cataclysmic disaster) and a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the foreign minister took his opportunity here to repeatedly humiliate the United States.
United States, Mexico, Canada finalize Donald Trump’s USMCA trade deal
The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal Tuesday to finalize their new trade agreement, paving the way to ratification after more than two years of arduous negotiations.
However, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the US Senate would likely delay Congressional ratification of the agreement until next year, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
In reality, it is the second time the three countries have triumphantly announced the conclusion of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal meant to replace the 25-year-old NAFTA, which President Donald Trump complains has been "a disaster" for the US.