Why Devin Nunes and his local paper suddenly can't stand each other - 2018-03-29
For nearly two decades, Rep. Devin Nunes had enjoyed an amiable relationship with the Fresno Bee, the largest local paper near his district in California's Central Valley. That ended on January 25, when the Bee's editorial board published an eviscerating editorial about the veteran Republican congressman. Nunes, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, had been accusing the FBI of allegedly abusing a secret surveillance program in order to target the Trump campaign and undermine his presidency. Democrats said Nunes was attempting to discredit his own committee's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Nunes claimed that a soon-to-be declassified four-page memo he'd written would prove everything.
The Bee's editorial board wasn't buying it. Its piece titled "Rep. Devin Nunes, Trump's Stooge, Attacks FBI" opened with this no-holds-barred lead:
What, pray tell, does Rep. Devin Nunes think he's doing by waving around a secret memo attacking the FBI, the nation's premier law enforcement agency? He certainly isn't representing his Central Valley constituents or Californians, who care much more about health care, jobs and, yes, protecting Dreamers than about the latest conspiracy theory. Instead, he's doing dirty work for House Republican leaders trying to protect President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation.