Through his bumbling, hyper-partisan antics, Devin Nunes has lost nearly all credibility, having been revealed as nothing more than a political stooge under the thumb of the Trump White House. Unfortunately, given his senior position on the House Intelligence Committee, Nunes’ behavior has seriously damaged the institution of the committee itself, and has led many to question whether Congress can conduct any investigation in a bipartisan manner.
As a result, long-time members of Congress from both parties are increasingly willing to publicly condemn Nunes. Among the loudest and most consistent critics of Nunes on the Republican side has been John McCain. As reported by Politico, on Sunday McCain teed off on Nunes yet again:
“Sen. John McCain blamed House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on Sunday for destroying the bipartisan nature of the committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.”
“If we’re really going to get to the bottom of these things, it’s got to be done in a bipartisan fashion. And as far as I could tell, Congressman Nunes killed that.”
That a senior Republican senator is willing to so unambiguously condemn the political games of a senior Republican congressman demonstrates the seriousness of Nunes’ transgressions. McCain has many faults, but the clarity he provides on this issue is critical and should be commended.