The media is really spinning this Nunes story into a massive watergate level story as it’s now running almost non-stop on most cable news networks. Nunes is now being chased through the halls of Congress everywhere he goes, being asked the same questions over and over and over, with the main question now being whether or not he will recuse himself from the Russian investigation.
And why? Because his new information may suggest that Trump could have been right about being surveilled by the Obama administration.
But despite the pressure Democrats are putting on Nunes, Gowdy isn’t budging an inch on his defense of Nunes, saying Democrats should be more interested in the information itself than the process. He rhetorically asks whether the information came from the White House or the Waffle House, what difference does it make?
The bottom line on all of this is whether or not Nunes can produce what he claims to have seen. I think Democrats are so worried that the evidence may suggest the Obama administration did something wrong, that they are working as hard as they can to create a cloud of suspicion over Nunes so that when the actual evidence comes out, it’s taken with a grain of salt by the public.
I get that some are worried that Nunes is trying to run cover for Trump, but honestly, if the information supports his claims that Trump and his team were basically “wiretapped” by the Obama administration, then it is a huge story and all this media noise is just that, noise. If it doesn’t then Nunes will have a lot of tough questions to answer about all of this.
For now, Nunes is standing his ground. Just a few minutes ago he said this to reporters:
BREAKING: House Intelligence chairman Nunes rebuffs calls to step aside in Russia investigation; says `Why would I?'
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 28, 2017
UPDATE: Just seeing that Gowdy told this to The Weekly Standard in defense of Nunes:
Some of his fellow committee Republicans were more colorful in their rejection of calls for his recusal.
“Jesus would not be a satisfactory chairperson to some of my Democratic colleagues,” South Carolina representative Trey Gowdy told TWS. “They would complain about his hair.
“I did this for 20 years. I’ve never met a defense attorney who didn’t complain about the prosecutor, usually when they don’t have good facts,” Gowdy continued. “This is a factual investigation.”