GOP Lawmaker Devin Nunes Reportedly Made His Own Fake News Website

Chris Kleponis-Pool  Getty Images President Donald Trump hosts a law enforcement round table on MS-13 at the White House on Feb. 6 2018 in Washington

Chris Kleponis-Pool Getty Images President Donald Trump hosts a law enforcement round table on MS-13 at the White House on Feb. 6 2018 in Washington

"The problem with this whole committee and the investigation itself", House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Thomas Rooney (R-FL) told the Post, arguing "in a normal world", the committee would have interviewed permanent witnesses to their surveillance concerns.

"The California Republican" touts delivery of "the best of U.S., California, and Central Valley news, sports, and analysis", and is paid for by Nunes' campaign committee, Politico reported. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes insisted on releasing it without these reviews. "You've got to talk to Devin".

"The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency".

Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida offered a similar take.

Rooney refused to lend his support to building a barrier but he did acknowledge that the climate among committee members has turned poisonous. "It's absolute poison down there".


Escalating disputes between members of the two sides have exploded in public in recent weeks as the committee's own Russian Federation probe has grinded to a halt.

Nunes and his campaign may have intended big things for carepublican.com, but the result so far is as transparently inadequate as Nunes efforts to defend President Trump have been. The Justice Department also wanted it reviewed.

Asked for comment about "The California Republican" website, Anthony Ratekin, Nunes' chief of staff, said in an email Saturday: "Until Politico retracts its multitude of fake stories on Congressman Nunes, we will not go on the record".

Controversy is nothing new for Nunes, who played a key role on the Trump transition team. He announced he would recuse himself from that investigation past year, and his work on the committee culminated recently in a dispute over a GOP memo he spearheaded alleging FBI surveillance abuses.

Democrats say the memo is rife with inaccuracies and cherry-picked information to trash the Federal Bureau of Investigation and cast doubt on the ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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