Devin Nunes

Sticky Fingers


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Yesterday, the Justice Department announced that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 12 Russians for meddling in the 2016 presidential election in an effort to support the candidacy of Donald Trump. The indictments bring the Russia investigation closer to Trump, and unfortunately for him, the only ones standing in the way to obstruct the investigation are the conspiracy-driven lunatics at Fox News and the Republican imbeciles in Congress.

The House Judiciary Committee dragged FBI agent Peter Strzok before them for a theatrical hearing to make the case that the FBI is part of the “deep state” gunning to take down Trump. Their argument is based on text messages he sent to his lover that were critical of Trump, while he was a part of two separate investigations of both presidential candidates.

Strzok argued that having a political opinion does not make someone biased. Biased is when you allow your opinion to get in the way of your work, which Strzok did not do. The evidence to that is, the FBI never leaked that they were investigating a possible Trump/Russia connection during the campaign, yet agents leaked information and there were multiple press conferences about the Clinton investigation.

There is a difference between being biased and informed. It is difficult to find a highly skilled, experienced, and intelligent professional who doesn’t have a negative opinion about Donald Trump. Don’t most investigators have a negative opinion of their subjects as they gain more information?

Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu said at one point during the showcase, “This is a stupid and ridiculous hearing.” Now, after yesterday’s indictments, we know why at least one Republican is desperate to stop Mueller’s investigation.

The indictments informed us that one Congressional candidate asked Gucifer 2.0, the Russian hackers, for stolen documents from Democrats, and received it. The report didn’t state if this candidate is presently in Congress or even what party they are a member of, but it’s kinda far-fetched to believe it’s not a Republican. If Mueller knows about this exchange, then he also knows who the suspect is.

Now, we get to play the game of guessing which Kool-Aid drinking, cultish, treasonous, Putin’s puppet of a Republican goon is going to prison. My candidates are Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan (who has other issues to answer for), Trey Gowdy, Steve King, Darrell Issa, Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, and Bob Goodlatte. There are other contenders but this is my candy store. It’s really hard to pick just one sycophant.

If they all can’t go to prison, perhaps the voters can keep each of them from returning to Congress.

Watch me draw.

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Collusion With Duckies


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The House Intelligence Committee wrapped up its Russia investigation last night saying they found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and that Russia didn’t even favor Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign.

Slight correction there: The Republicans on the committee found no collusion. The Democrats on the committee thought they were still investigating, and they weren’t consulted on the investigation ending or for input on the final report.

Over the years, the House Intelligence Committee was respected for its bipartisanship and the seriousness in which it took in protecting the nation. Now, it’s just a refuge for sycophants who put party and cult of personality over country. The committee has shrugged its responsibility for partisanship and a pursuit of conspiracy theories.

Representative Michael Conaway of Texas told reporters that the worst they found was “perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings, and inappropriate judgment at taking meetings.” That’s an interesting verdict from the people who never asked “What did the president know and when did he know it?”

Conaway took over the leadership of the committee after chairman Devin Nunes pretended to recuse himself. Nunes was on the Trump Transition Team and was caught feeding the White House updates on the investigation and seeking their input on how to move forward or stall.

Later, the Republicans on the committee issued their memo attacking the FBI for legally acquiring a warrant to conduct a surveillance operation on a Russian spy working on the Trump campaign.

The entire agenda of the GOP on the committee was to obstruct, deflect, protect Trump, and protect Russia at the sake of national security.

Trump responded to the report with a tweet written in all caps, “THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS, AFTER A 14 MONTH LONG IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.”

There’s about as much credibility in the GOP’s report as a diploma from Trump University. I’m just kinda surprised they didn’t take Putin’s lead and blame Jews for the hacking.

The Republicans refused to interview several players from the Trump campaign and chose not to recall witnesses like Eric Prince, who is being investigated by the Special Counsel for a trip he took to Seychelles to create a back channel to Russia.

The Republicans ignored leaders from our intelligence agencies who told them Russia was favoring Trump.  It takes a special kind of stupid not to see that Russia clearly favored Donald Trump. Usually, that sort of stupidity is only found in the Trump family, or in his cabinet.

The Republicans ignoring facts and clear logic. They do, however, plan to keep investigating the FBI “abusing” FISA warrants, which is about as real as that pizza parlor child sex slave story Russia pushed to hurt Clinton.

Thankfully, Robert Mueller’s office of Special Counsel isn’t close to being done investigating Trump, collusion, obstruction, and several other matters. Maybe it’s a good thing the House has ended their investigation as they won’t be in the way anymore, interviewing the same witnesses as the Special Counsel, and leaking what they learn from them.

You don’t need to read a tweet in all caps to know that Donald Trump is the most self-serving individual to ever hold the office of president. He should not be there.

For that matter, Devin Nunes should not be a representative in the United States Congress. Neither should Mike Conaway, Peter King, Frank LoBiondo, Tom Rooney, Michael Turner, Brad Wenstrup, Chris Stewart, Rick Crawford, Trey Gowdy, Elise Stefanik, and Will Hurd, the Republicans on the committee.

We should have representatives who protect this nation instead of traitors and thus becoming traitors themselves.

Disclaimer: I used a very similar idea two years ago on March 2, 2016. I liked the angle so I drew it again. So sue me.

Here is the video.

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The FISA Flap


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As Gwen Stefani once sang, “this shit is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S!” Republicans forsaking national security, defending a ridiculous man who may have been a spy for Russia, ignoring further attacks by Vladimir Putin, and putting all their eggs into a memo that is a total dud, to support a president who is a liar and a dishonorable human being, is bananas.

There’s a reason I’m a liberal. Not a Democrat, a liberal. Being a liberal means I don’t have to lie, mislead, or leave out information when I discuss an issue. Conservatives can’t do that. This FISA memo is proof. If you’re a Republican then you probably stopped reading above at “bananas.”

After two weeks of hype, promotion, and hashtagging “release the memo,” Republicans have finally released THE memo. This memo is supposed to expose the FBI and Justice Department of having vendettas against Donald Trump and throwing ethics out the window to dethrone him. It’s supposed to totally wipe out the investigations looking into his collusion with Russia. It would shut up every Trump critic. It’s a get-out-of-jail-free card for Trump and everyone Mueller is investigating.

This memo is supposed to give Trump support to fire Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Anthony Wray, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. It doesn’t do that. The memo does not show any corruption at the FBI or Justice Department. In fact, it doesn’t even allege any crimes were committed.

This memo was supposed to show that the FBI improperly obtained four FISA warrants against Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign who was on the FBI’s radar since 2013 for his involvement with Russia. As it turns out, Carter Page isn’t the only useful idiot for Putin. Lobbyists pay millions every year to own Congressmen. Putin got Devin Nunes for free.

Republicans in Congress and Trump defied objections from the Justice Department and FBI about releasing the memo. Those agencies said the memo wasn’t accurate or entirely factual. It would expose classified information. Republicans and Trump said hell to all that and threw national security out the window for this partisan game. They decided to vanquish their reputations and being judged in the future as the Joe McCarthy’s of the Trump era. They’re doing all this to expose the injustice and unfairness delivered on someone who may be a Russian spy, Carter Page, the Gilligan of Russian spies.

Former FBI Director James Comey, fired by Trump for not pledging his personal loyalty and ending the investigation into Michael Flynn, tweeted, “That’s it? Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House intel committee, destroyed trust with Intelligence Community, damaged relationship with FISA court, and inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen. For what? DOJ & FBI must keep doing their jobs.” For what, indeed. Comey also tweeted earlier, “not a lot of schools and streets named after Joe McCarthy.”

Republicans argued the public needs all the information, and then they voted against allowing the Democrats to release their own memo refuting this fake memo and pointing out all the facts it conveniently omits. Republicans said politics needs to be taken out of it as they leaked excerpts of it to Fox News.

In fact, Sean Hannity has been advising Donald Trump on the memo. Hannity took to the air on Friday evening and called for all charges against Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn to be dropped. Trump was caught on a hot mic after the State of the Union speech telling a fellow Republican that he had every intention to release the memo, even though he hadn’t read it yet. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and the troll who wrote the memo, did not read the FISA warrants, the applications to get them, or any underlying documents. Basically, the guy wrote a book report without reading the book.

Then, the House committee sent the memo to Trump and the White House said he took several hours to read it. Several hours to read a three and a half page memo. Keep in mind that applications for a FISA warrant, which Republicans didn’t read regarding Carter Page, can be from 50 to 100 pages. This memo is a guide on defending treason for dummies.

Part of the argument of this memo is that wrongdoing can only be exposed by people loyal to Trump.  So they had a guy who was on the Trump transition team write the memo. These are the same guys who held 57 hearings on Benghazi and came up with nothing. The promises they made about then about the Benghazi hearings sound a lot like the promises they’re making today about this memo.

This memo is three and a half pages of saying the FBI improperly spied on a Russian spy. It argues that the FBI used biased information, the infamous dossier written by former British MI6 agent Christopher Steele, commissioned by Fusion GPS and paid for by the Clinton campaign. And, in the last paragraph, the memo states that the FBI’s investigation into Carter Page began with George Papadopoulos, not the dossier. They inadvertently debunked their own argument in their own memo.

Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat in a London bar that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton and would be sharing it with the Trump campaign. The Australian diplomat then told the FBI. Think about that. An Australian diplomat had more concern for the national security of the United States than anyone on the Trump campaign.  Apparently, he has more concern for it than anyone in the Republican Party or at Fox News.

The memo also clears the FBI in that it doesn’t allege any actual crimes. No laws were broken.

Republicans are arguing that FISA warrants were obtained without the judges being told that some of the sources the FBI was using were from Trump opponents. They fail to mention that four separate judges approved these warrants over time, so the dossier may not have been used for each of the warrants. They also don’t know all the information used to obtain the warrants as the Republicans haven’t read the applications. Also, there’s give and take in verbal discussions with the FISA court judges. Republicans don’t know what was included in those discussions.

As for using the dossier to obtain a warrant for surveillance on a possible spy, so what? Remember when Russia was hacking the DNC and Republicans ignored where the information came from? They said what was in the emails is what’s important, not how they were obtained. From the same department of hypocrisy comes, Republicans exposing classified information after spending years attacking Hillary Clinton’s email server as a risk of exposing classified information.

The thing is, you always use information from biased people when obtaining warrants. Unfortunately, not all snitches can be nuns and librarians. It is standard practice not to mention names of sources in these applications, though the judges were told the information from the dossier was from people opposed to Donald Trump.

Also, keep in mind that this “horrible” dossier hasn’t been debunked. A third of it has been borne out. Nothing in the entire dossier, even the pee tape thing, has been proven wrong or to be a lie.

Republicans, who argue this makes Watergate looks like stealing a Snickers bar, haven’t gained anything from this memo. Russians have though, as they now have the dates each of those FISA warrants were obtained. They can now put two and two together and figure out when the FBI was onto them, and perhaps nail their sources. They can also use information in this memo to improve their spying capabilities. The three and a half pages give more to Putin than it does to Trump.

I read a few posts by Trump supporters today, and they were outraged by what was in the memo while ignoring what the memo actually said or maybe they hadn’t actually read it. But, they all believe from this memo that Obama authorized spying on the Trump campaign. No. Obama didn’t authorize any of this. The spying was not on the Trump campaign. It was on Carter Page, who was a member of the Trump campaign. If you don’t want the FBI spying on members of your campaign team, then perhaps don’t staff it with Russian spies.

Looking at the Republican reaction and reading the actual memo leads me to believe that the pages could have been blank and the GOP would have screamed it proves corruption at the FBI.

The FISA warrants were not about Donald Trump. They were about Carter Page. For the Republicans to be right about this, then the FBI has to be wrong about pursuing a Russian spy. Which again, deflects from an important fact: The Trump campaign hired a Russian agent to work as a foreign policy adviser on their campaign. The House Intelligence Committee should write a memo explaining why everyone in the Trump campaign had connections with Russia.

There are a few hanging questions with this memo. Did Trump or the White House have input on it? When asked, Devin Nunes refused to answer. Did Republicans talk to Carter Page about this? Last August, Carter Page told Chris Hayes of MSNBC that Paul Ryan would release stuff about the warrant and clear his name. Carter Page, the idiot, was right about Paul Ryan allowing something to come out. How did Page know this?

Devin Nunes told Fox News that this is phase one, and there will be more memos. Like most sequels, the next will probably have the same impact as Sharknado 2.

One thing that has been ignored with all this attention on a sloppy memo is the fact that Donald Trump has decided not to enact sanctions against Russia. Sanctions he signed. Sanctions Congress authorized by a 419-3 vote.

Republicans have proven they’ll put party over country, and personality over country. They’ll sell out their ethics and national security for a spy like Carter Page.

Now that the Republicans have fired their best shot, the FBI, the DOJ, and the Special Counsel can proceed with their investigations. The memo showed they’re doing their jobs. If this was the GOP’s best shot to discredit our intelligence agencies, they fired a blank. They put everything they had into this dud.

Republicans have proven they should not be in control of Congress. They don’t put the safety of our nation first. They will allow Russians to infect our elections all in the name of saving Dear Leader. Sycophants aren’t to be trusted. Congress has to be taken away from them. America first, my ass.

I propose we give the Inglourious Basterds treatment with tattoos to the bastards who support Trump. That way, in the future they can’t deny they did this shit or supported it, and we can see them coming.

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Sign Your Name


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One of the big questions being overlooked concerning Representative Devin Nunes running to the White House to wash Donald Trump’s balls is: Who let him in?

Let’s catch up: Nunes is the chairman of the House committee investigating whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russians or not (hell yeah they did). Last week he received a hot tip from an anonymous source that members of the Trump transition were caught inadvertently in surveillance operations that were targeting foreign spies. For some reasons Russian spies like to talk to members of the Trump team. A lot. This hot info would supposedly vindicate Trump’s lie that Obama spied on him.

To acquire this information Nunes apparently needed to view it in a safe room. They have these in Washington and they’re called “Sensitive Compartment Information Facilities,” or a “SCIF.” These rooms meet very strict security standards, unless that room in the White House and the Russian spies are the ones who are letting you use it.

Nunes ditched his staff, he switched cars, and ran to the White House with this hot lead. The next day he returned to the White House to inform the Trump people all about it. He neglected to inform members of his committee and still refuses to tell the co-chair, who is a Democrat.

The first question is: Did the lead come from the White House? Did Steve Bannon or Jared Kushner inform Nunes of this tip? Maybe we would know if we knew who signed Nunes into the White House. Did someone from the White House give Nunes this information so that he would give Trump cover? Why did Nunes need to use the SCIF at the White House since there are others in D.C., even one available for the House Intelligence Committee.

The White House, specifically Sean Spicer, says it’s possible that Nunes came to the White House without any members of the administration knowing. That’s bull puckey. It’s impossible for Nunes to get into the White House, less enough a SCIF, without being escorted by someone with an official White House badge. I seriously doubt the head chef let him in. He would also need access to the White House computer system to acquire the information he claims he has. You’re not getting on my computers without a password so I seriously doubt there’s public access on a White House computer. It’s not the public library open to hobos.

So who let Nunes in? Do you remember all those conservative memes and people on the internet bitching about the amount of times Al Sharpton visited the Obama White House? Do you know how they know how many times Sharpton visited? Because those visits were public information. Since Trump has taken over, all White House visits have become confidential information. Why? Spicer says he needs to look into it, which would take a minute. It’s been days and we still don’t know.

The House inquiry is toast. It’s impossible to have a non-partisan investigation when the chairman, Nunes, was a member of the Trump transition. How deep can the committee investigate when the chair won’t share his information with his colleagues?

Nunes needs to step aside. He asked “why should I step aside?” Uh, because you’re compromised, dude. Nunes has briefed the president on information he’s not sharing with his committee. He’s canceling hearings with witnesses. He’s made statements in the past that Trump shouldn’t be investigated. We might as well let Chris Christie head the investigation at this point. Maybe Sean Hannity is available to look into it.

Thankfully there’s another investigation in the Senate, where they do take things a bit more seriously. The FBI is also investigating and who knows who else. What are the NSA and CIA up to?

Nunes’ presence in the White House is just one of several that bothers me. Too many members of the Trump administration are coming off as Putin moles.

When we elected Trump we might as well have handed the keys to Putin.

Creative notes and stuff: Sign Your Name is a bad-ass song from Terance Trent D’Arby released in the late 1980s. I can actually pull off a pretty decent cover of it on my acoustic guitar. Sheryl Crow has done a cover and I seriously recommend that you never ever listen to that version. It’s the suck. She took all the soul and funk out of it.

The Russian lettering on the mat was fun. That took some research.

Several months ago a friend asked me about drawing Putin shirtless. I told him I wasn’t doing it as it was becoming a cliche. I’ve changed my mind on that. It is a bit of a cliche but if I put him in a suit then I’d have to label him. With his shirt off everyone knows who he is. Plus, it’s more ridiculous and will probably make me more prone to be attacked by Russian hackers. I also hope they don’t mess with my food. I hear they’re into that.

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Driving Miss Crazy


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One of my conservative Facebook friends, with all due respect, is an idiot.

He shared a link to a Politico article which reported House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes’ declaration that members of Donald Trump’s transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under inadvertent surveillance following November’s presidential election. My “friend” posted that this was “awkward” for Democrats.

My friend apparently believes, like Trump himself, that this validates 45’s claim that Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped. I think my “pal” might be one of those idjits that shares articles without actually reading them. This is not awkward for Democrats. What’s awkward is getting caught licking Trump’s balls.

Nunes is chairing the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign, and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Nunes apparently came across information that the transition team were inadvertently under surveillance. This from the party complaining about leaks.

Instead of sharing this information with other members of the committee, Nunes held a press conference, took the information to the White House to inform Donald Trump, and then held another press conference. You don’t inform the target of an investigation on what the investigation is turning up. You don’t give them a heads up. Nunes didn’t just go to the press, or email, or call the White House. He went out of his way to tell Trump personally. No word on whether or not he had the meatloaf during his visit.

While my “friend” and other Republicans believe this validates Trump, the same Politico article (scroll up and click the link) reported that Nunes himself said the information does not show that Obama had Trump Tower, or the campaign, wiretapped. Nunes also said the surveillance was common practice and legal. See? You gotta actually read the articles before you share them, people. It also might help if you can actually comprehend what you’re reading. It’s important.

The top Democrat on the intelligence panel, Adam Schiff, said “the chairman will need to decide whether he is the chairman of an independent investigation into conduct which includes allegations of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians, or he is going to act as a surrogate of the White House, because he cannot do both.”

Nunes is supposed to be leading an independent investigation. Not be a surrogate for Donald Trump. Nunes was a member of the Trump transition team. In February he was the first leading House Republican to deny that the intelligence community has evidence of contacts between Russian operatives and the Trump campaign. He rejected calls for an independent committee and said that the “House will not engage in a witch hunt.” After national security adviser Michael Flynn was forced to resign for communicating with Russia, Nunes said he didn’t want to investigate that matter and said “From everything that I can see, his conversations with the Russian ambassador — he was doing this country a favor, and he should be thanked for it.”

I will “thank” Congressman Nunes if he steps away from the white Ford Bronco and not give Trump the slow drive evading investigators. The president of the United States is currently under an FBI investigation on whether or not he and members of his campaign committed treason. Can we not muck that up?

While Democrats are calling for an independent investigation, and Schiff is now saying there’s “more than circumstantial evidence of a Trump/Russia collusion,” Senator John McCain has joined calls for an independent investigation.

This will be a slow drive to the truth. Especially if Nunes and fellow Republicans continue to thwart the investigation by digging in their heels to drag the proceedings out, and by giving the target information on what the committee is finding.

Maybe when it’s all said and done we’ll find the “real killers.” I suspect we’ll find them on a golf course.

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