You know, I may be old, but even I’m not old enough to have forgotten this stuff already. Ah, it seems like only yesterday, but was in reality only about two years ago when House Intel Chair Devin Nunes, who looks mostly like something you see laying at the bottom of a tequila bottle, made what he foolishly thouht of as a “:surreptitious: midnight run to the White House, to pick up some shit they already had, so that the next day he could very publicly go running, kicking and screaming, back to the White House to show them the shocking intel he had uncovered, including a self pandering presser in front of microphones in front o the portico.
And who;s that over there? Well, bless me if it isn’t Richard Burr, the quiet, measured Senate Intel Committee chair, whose main shtick seemed to be peddling an air of comity, respect, and bi-partisanship on the Intel committee. Who then took confidential, classified material that he obtained through a classified “Gang of Eight”briefing on the Trump campaigns tire to Russian intelligence, and secretly brought it over to the White House to tip them to what was going on. He did it better than Nunes, maybe he put a pebble in his shoe to make him limp, I dunno.
What a difference a couple of years makes, huh? Here they are now, the two Judas ewes of the House and Senate respectively, leading the lambs to slaughter. Now Devin Nunes is loudly proclaiming his fealty to world order, supporting current Intel chair Adam schiff’s subpoenas regarding the unredacted Mueller report, and all underlying documents requested, by subpoena of course. And now, Richard Burr suddenly sees the error in his youthful ways, and is demanding by subpoena that Donald Trump Jr appear before the Senate Intel committee, again by subpoena, to explain the reason for his flagrant lying to the committee in his first appearance regarding the Trump Tower Moscow deal.
I want you to close your eyes for a moment, and slowly, gently run your fingers along the surface, so that you can appreciate the rich, full, pebble grain texture of the bullshit. This is world class stuff, it puts Corinthian leather to shame. After two years of each one of them stonewalling the investigations in separate ways, now they want us all shouting, with our arms held high over our heads, “Praise Jay-zus! They can be saved!”
It’s all nothing but a cheap con, but they’re no Trump. His Lowness has already made it publicly clear that his sole goal is to run out the clock, and the way he’s going to do that is by tying up every Democratic request for information and testimony requested by subpoena in court until the cows come home. And what better way for Nunes to be able to go on FOX, and claim moral superiority, by saying that the House voted 425-0 to demand the release of the whole Mueller report, and that he fully supports chairman Schiff in his quest to educate the American people. And for Richard Burr to once again wrap a tattered feather boa of self respect around his slumping shoulders, after being revealed in the Mueller report as just another compliant Trump stooge, by demanding that Diaper Donnie Redux appear in front of his committee, knowing that he never will.
This is just another cheap, tarnished shiny object, being thrown into the air by a couple of Trump’s fawning slaves. But we’ve seen enough of these glittering doodads now that we’re getting to be able to identify them quicker now. Nice try boys, but this was some lame shit, even from y’all.
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It’s about hedging bets because both are increasingly worried about 2020 and a DOJ once again having leadership that not only allows but encourages the professional/career staff to do what they do. Nunes long ago self-painted a giant target on his back with the words “shoot THIS target” written at the top. Burr was more subtle as you say, and calculated what he’d done would never get out. Oops.
Burr has made it clear he’s retiring from the Senate after his term is up in 2020 and without the protection of being a serving politician needs some protection and fast. Nunes lives in a District that will probably re-elect him but he’s looking around the House at other GOP Representatives underdoing actual prosecution even under this administration and shitting bricks.
So, both are probably just trying to establish some bona fides as having seen the light so that prosecutors who will be in what will be a “target rich environment” will concentrate elsewhere. Also, in Nunes’ case there’s the fact that there’s a provision in the now infamous “Rule 6e” (as a result of 911) that entitles the House Select Committee On Intelligence access to every single bit of the Mueller Report including grand jury material with or without a Judge’s authorization. IOW, by joining in the subpoena Nunes isn’t really doing anything other than publicly going along with a process he’s powerless to stop. It also keeps his options open to, if he perceives a change in the political winds to engage in some new intentionally misleading leaking fuckery if he so chooses.
That would be “…Geeks bearing Grifts”, if you please!