Donald Trump is very charismatic. That is how he mesmerizes his followers at his rallies. As such, he has drawn in a number of willing Republicans in Congress to help him in his dirty deeds. Consider how he uses his zombie surrogates.
One of those was the former chair of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes (R-CA). The commander-in-chief manipulated Nunes into playing the top roll in a White House intrigue in the early months of his presidency.
Another way Trump has used his minions has been as spies in committee meetings. He also used Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) to intimidate the president’s previous personal attorney Michael Cohen as he testified before Congress. Gaetz stood just in Cohen’s line of sight.
House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff has been heading up the impeachment inquiry. Today the president’s former top Russia expert Fiona Hill testified before that committee. Schiff blocked Gaetz from the committee. After all, he was not a member of it:
‘Rep. Matt Gaetz tried to attend the Fiona Hill deposition, and said Adam Schiff told him he wasn’t allowed because he’s not on the committees of jurisdiction. “It’s not like I’m on the agriculture committee.”’
Nunes broke protocol by holding a press conference about the president being surveilled by the FBI, according to The Vanity Fair magazine:
‘[H]e had learned from a source that Donald Trump and his associates may have been “incidentally” surveilled by the F.B.I. as part of the agency’s intelligence gathering on foreign targets. The news left Trump feeling vindicated, after F.B.I. director James Comey and National Security Agency chief Mike Rogers shot down the president’s repeated claims that he had been “wiretapped” by the previous administration.
‘But it also left Democrats steaming: not only did Nunes run to the press rather than bring his evidence to the committee, he also briefed Trump about what he had learned—thereby communicating with a potential target of his own investigation. Later, it emerged that Nunes had met his “source” on the White House grounds, raising further suspicions that he was coordinating with the Trump administration.’
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