Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) plans ahead.
With such a busy schedule pursuing his multiple roles as not only as the representative of California’s 22nd congressional district and ranking minority member of the House Intelligence Committee but as Donald Trump’s groveling errand-boy and defensive tackle, Nunes needs to stay organized in keeping his packed calendar on track.
Nunes’ overwhelmingly dense agenda apparently has him looking to fill appointments even after he’s shuffled off this mortal coil and been reincarnated in a future life which he optimistically assumes will be in human form rather than as the toad or slug that his current earthly behavior might suggest he be reanimated as.
At least that’s the implication of his response to multiple attempts by CNN reporters to get a reaction to the reports that he spent part of a taxpayer-funded trip to Vienna meeting with a former Ukrainian prosecutor to speak about investigating Joe Biden to uncover negative campaign fodder for Donald Trump.
The allegations of Nunes’ previously undisclosed secret meeting come from the man who said he helped arrange them, the indicted associate of presidential attorney Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas, who is looking to disclose everything he knows about the Trump administration’s Ukraine scandal after being snubbed by the president as someone he doesn’t even know despite the copious photographic evidence of the two posing together with large smiles on their faces.
Perhaps it wasn’t the packed schedule, as much as a deep-seated antipathy towards any news outlet besides the friendly confines of Fox News that led Representative Nunes to tell CNN that his unavailability for an interview extended into the afterlife, as this tweet from CNN’s media correspondent Oliver Darcy explains.
When CNN approached @DevinNunes for comment on this story, he replied, “I don't talk to you in this lifetime or the next lifetime.”
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) November 23, 2019
Congressman Nunes is apparently regressing to that infantile developmental stage wherein something ceases to exist once it is out of the visible range of sight, if his refusal to acknowledge the existence of the question in this world or any parallel universe yet to be discovered is any indication.
While Nunes may feel free to pretend that CNN’s questions don’t actually exist, he’ll have a more difficult time ignoring those same questions when posed to him by the inquisitors of a House ethics inquiry, as Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, suggested his colleague would “quite likely” be facing during Smith’s appearance yesterday on Joy Reid’s program on MSNBC.
Given that Nunes has already threatened to sue both CNN and The Daily Beast over their publication of the allegations that Lev Parnas has leveled against him, it’s likely that he will have to eventually answer questions about his Vienna trip in this lifetime after all, if not in front of CNN’s cameras, then in front of its lawyers in the court proceedings.
While it’s doubtful that Nunes — who is so busy protecting his constituents 2nd Amendment rights by hewing to the Republican party’s NRA hardline against expanding gun regulations that he seems to have forgotten the provisions of the 1st Amendment protecting a free press — will ever bring the suit against the media outlets legitimate reporting on the unfolding scandal he’s so tightly connected to, perhaps he’ll be able to shoehorn it into his schedule in his next lifetime — or, if he faces the consequences if the allegations prove to be true, during his downtime in his retirement to a federal prison for encouraging foreign interference in the U.S. electoral process.
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