Now that Trump’s lapdog Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has recused himself from the investigation into Donald Trump and his campaign team’s potentially treasonous collusion with Russia, the House Intelligence Committee is finally getting back on track.
On Friday, the Committee, now led by Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) and ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), announced that it would once again be holding hearings, both open and closed.
On Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency head Adm. Mike Rogers will be attending a closed hearing with the committee.
Later that day, however, is the moment we’ve all been waiting for, when former acting attorney general Sally Yates, CIA director John Brennan, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will testify before a public hearing.
The three were originally scheduled to testify weeks ago, but Devin Nunes cancelled that hearing on Trump’s orders and mothballed the rest of the committee’s work – even the work not related to Trump/Russia.
But recently, Nunes was forced to recuse himself after failing to create a fake scandal blaming President Obama’s National Security Advisor for “wiretapping” Trump, when in fact he was revealing the existence of a FISA warrant for Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
Since then, we’ve had a number of important revelations, like the fact that the infamous Steele “Golden Showers” Dossier was credible enough to be accepted as evidence in court and that the intelligence services of at least seven nations picked up Trump team members communicating with Russian agents.
Now that Nunes is out of the way, maybe now we can finally – finally – get some answers. Trump and his cronies have been stalling and obfuscating as best they can, but it’s not going to be enough.
We’re approaching Trump’s one-hundredth day in office. What better way to celebrate it than to expose his crimes for the whole nation to see?
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.