Nunes knows he’s intentionally stalling the committee. He’s the chair. If he wants a meeting, all he has to do is call a meeting. Instead, he’s maintaining a pretense that someone, anyone, else is at fault.
Nunes: They need to give us their witness list because we have no idea who they want to interview.
Well, Yates, Brennan, and Clapper—all of whom were already scheduled to appear—would be a helluva start.
But don’t worry. If Democrats don’t go along with every shifting requirement that Nunes throws at them, he has a simple solution.
Nunes: At the end of the day, we’re going to have an investigation with or without them, and if they want to participate, that’s fine.
Republicans have already established how they want to play this “investigation.”
Last Monday morning, shortly before the start of the hearing, a senior White House official told me, “You’ll see the setting of the predicate. That’s the thing to watch today.” He suggested that I read a piece in The Hill about incidental collection. The article posited that if “Trump or his advisors were speaking directly to foreign individuals who were the target of U.S. spying during the election campaign, and the intelligence agencies recorded Trump by accident, it’s plausible that those communications would have been collected and shared amongst intelligence agencies.”
Nunes’ cover story for his twin trips to the White House hits this same note: it had nothing to do with Russia and it’s all about protecting those poor Americans unfortunate enough to be “incidentally” caught up in intelligence operations.
On that topic, Republicans are happy to continue. As soon as Democrats agree to stop asking unfortunate questions.
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