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October 9, 2019

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Remove Nunes as Intelligence Chair

February 3, 2018

“Hello, I am a constituent of _______________, I urge Speaker Ryan to remove Devin Nunes as the House Intelligence Chairman”.

 

“The Speaker supported the “Nunes Memo” in an apparent attempt to weaken the FBI’s independence, and obstruct to Muller’s investigation of Russia’s interference in our election.  We need a Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and who will support and defend the Constitution, and protect the American people, not who are helping Mr. Trump impede an investigation.  The “Nunes Memo” does not serve the interests of the country and tarnishes the reputation not only of the Speaker, but of the House of Representatives. Thank You”

 

BACKGROUND

 

In March of 2017, Speaker Ryan was aware of, and allowed Nunes’ deception of the American people when Nunes released potentially classified information to the press and to the Whitehouse, which the Whitehouse had already released to him.

 

Jan. 3, 2018 Speaker Ryan, based on Nunes’ request, established terms for the FBI and DOJ for release thousands of pages of classified material to Nunes. The Speaker has disregarded those terms.

 

Now, Rep. Ryan is supporting the public release of the “Nunes Memo” which is based on these Classified materials.  The FBI released its own startling public statement citing “grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.” Adam Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, wrote in a Post op-ed that the Nunes memo “cherry-picks facts, ignores others and smears the FBI and the Justice Department.”

 

The Washington Post Editorial of Feb. 1st, the night before the memo was released, says of Speaker Ryan that he, “bears full responsibility for the deterioration of congressional oversight of intelligence operations. Once a bipartisan responsibility that lawmakers treated soberly — as they still do in the Senate — oversight under Mr. Nunes has become another front in Mr. Trump’s assault on the law enforcement institutions investigating the president and his associates. House Republicans are poisoning the committee’s relationship with the intelligence community and distracting from real issues demanding attention.

 

-Thanks to Ken and Indivisible Santa Cruz

 

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