Rep. Devin Nunes barged onto the national political scene in March 2017, when, in his on-again, off-again capacity as top House investigator into Russian election meddling, the California Republican told reporters he’d seen evidence that the intelligence community had gathered — and inappropriately handled — information on high-level Trump aides and officials.
The allegations managed to be both impenetrable — Who had shown it to him? What had he seen? Where did he see it? When did this all happen? Why? — and inflammatory. Further stoking the partisan flames, Nunes briefed President Donald Trump before sharing the details with his bipartisan committee colleagues.
An MSNBC analyst asked two Democratic lawmakers if they believed Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, was a “Russian agent.”
MSNBC’s John Heilemann asked two Democratic lawmakers in separate interviews on Tuesday whether they believed Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, was “compromised by the Russians.”
“I want to ask you a question that under almost any other circumstances would be ridiculous and absurd, but under these circumstances I think is actually warranted,” Heilemann first said to Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat.
“Is it possible that the Republican chairman of the House intel committee has been compromised by the Russians? Is it possible that we actually have a Russian agent running the House intel committee on the Republican side?”
Murphy demurred, responding that he hoped that wasn’t the case and had “no information to suggest that it is.” But Heilemann pressed him further, arguing that Nunes’ behavior suggested otherwise.