The campaign to discredit House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes kicked into high gear Monday with the committee’s vote to publicly release Nunes’ memo alleging surveillance abuses by the intelligence community during the 2016 campaign.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi accused him of being a “stooge of the White House,” but on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday, John Heilemann floated the idea that Nunes might be a stooge of Vladimir Putin.
MSNBC 'analyst' asks a U.S. Senator if Devin Nunes is a 'Russian agent' https://t.co/Uyw3oX2IVX
— Conservative Review (@CR) January 30, 2018
Conservative Review reports:
Admitting that his question would normally be “ridiculous and absurd,” but “under these circumstances” is “warranted,” Heilemann asked Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. if it was possible Nunes, who is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and one the co-authors of a memo documenting Obama administration surveillance abuses, has been compromised by Russia.
“Is it possible that the Republican chairman of the House Intel Committee has been compromised by the Russians?” Heilemann asked. “Is it possible that we actually have a Russian agent running the House Intel Committee on the Republican side?”
Heilemann kept it rolling through the day on MSNBC, though he did dial it back a little bit — a lot, actually — by the afternoon.
"You don't have to think that Devin Nunes is a Russian agent to think there's a possibility he's been compromised … if you talk to people in Nat-sec, Intel … they dont suggest he's on the payroll of the Kremlin as much as a useful idiot & a dupe" – @jheil w/ @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/tytCNLAjxD
— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) January 30, 2018
Yeah, that’s not what you said earlier.
Just asked on @MSBNC, finally: Is it possible that Nunes is a Russian agent?
— Pedro da Costa (@pdacosta) January 30, 2018
Maybe Heilemann should think about dialing it back a little more.
Finally! Glad someone finally got around to this idiotic question. I'd hate to think there were members of the media who haven't completely lost their minds. https://t.co/seNtPnqvIM
— Howard Wall 🆗 (@HJWallEcon) January 31, 2018
This is complete lunacy https://t.co/pWgFdoTinQ
— Nick (@NickSMartin4) January 31, 2018
Really? We're just going to keep doing this? https://t.co/dEvda05y9p
— Caitlin Johnstone (@caitoz) January 30, 2018
These people have gone beyond crazy at this point. https://t.co/3mnQcNmcoR
— Teadoism (@Teadoism) January 30, 2018
This will never end. Ever. https://t.co/LJznnoU41t
— 🇺🇸Nightwood ✞⚭⚓ (@Shteina_Gott) January 30, 2018
— PennsylvaniaRed (@PennsylvaniaRed) January 30, 2018
Anyone who tries to expose corruption is a “Russian agent” and any topic the left is afraid to cover is a “conspiracy.”
We’ve reached peak 2018 and it’s still January. https://t.co/lXBxlkzXKL
— Richard Armande Mills (RAM) (@RAMRANTS) January 30, 2018
Hey, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff already asked Facebook and Twitter if Russian bots were buoying the #ReleaseTheMemo hashtag.
Do these people really believe in these delusional conspiracies, or are they producing them for mass consumption? Do they actually think that Nunes is a 'Russian Agent' or do they just want you to think it? https://t.co/tunAYH0bNe
— Bill Dean (@CanaDean) January 30, 2018
Beyond Red Scare paranoia, what is a “Russian Agent”? Wasn’t Steele and entire dossier built on Russia sources? Who then is the “Russian Agent”? The dumbing down of the America Left is amazing https://t.co/StBexXINCx
— Chumley (@vilachumley) January 30, 2018
Does this neo-McCarthyist schtick have a persuasive effect on anyone, other than signaling to shyer souls that it’s OK to call anyone you don’t like a Russian agent? https://t.co/s31fVl2ORu
— Hank DeBwankey (@russiaexplainer) January 30, 2018
We actually lost the Cold War, and Russia has secretly been in charge ever since. Everyone is Russian now. https://t.co/MPSyD1N5Gz
— melissa (@notm3g) January 30, 2018
Vladimir Putin in 2002: ahh yes I must get this dairy farmer from Tulare elected to US Congress to help cover for the eventual president of the United States whom I will control in 14 years https://t.co/I0eqcJPD6e
— Emily Cameron 🌹 (@emilyfresno) January 30, 2018
Yeah these people are in no way conspiracy theorists… https://t.co/EaDd9vNn5w
— mediacritic (@mediacritik) January 30, 2018
Is there no responsibility in journalism anymore? https://t.co/LdhoRMmivb
— 🇺🇸Mrs.Patriot🇺🇸 (@MrsPatriot3) January 30, 2018