The Republicans’ ‘Seven Days in May’
WASHINGTON, March 28, 2017 — “Right now, the government of the United States is sitting on top of the Washington Monument, right on the very point, tilting right and left and ready to fall off and break up on the pavement. There are just a handful of men that can prevent it. And you’re one of them.”
So says Senator Raymond Clark (Edmond O’Brian) to Colonel William “Mutt” Henderson (Andrew Duggan) in the film adaptation of the novel “Seven Days in May,” in which elements in the U.S. military plot to seize control of the U.S. government.
A real life William “Mutt” Henderson might be the Republican from California and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Devin Nunes.
The nation’s premier website for fake news, CNN, reports that key House Democrats are calling for Chairman Nunes to “recuse himself from an investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.”
And Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demanded House Speaker Paul Ryan “replace” Nunes if he “wants the House to have a credible investigation.”
Democrats and their friends in the mainstream media claim that Nunes acted improperly when informing the Trump administration and the American people, by way of the media, that a whistle-blower provided evidence the U.S. intelligence community targeted Trump and his transition team for extra scrutiny after November’s stunning presidential election result.
According to Nunes:
“I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions, the intelligence community collected information on U.S. individuals involved in the Trump transition. Details about U.S. persons involved in the incoming administration with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value were widely disseminated in intelligence community reports.”
Nunes then presented his evidence to the Trump administration, bypassing ranking Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.
If the calls for Nunes’ recusal or replacement mean anything, it’s that the man from California’s San Joaquin Valley may be the only effective GOP committee chairman in the House of Representatives.
Nunes has a facility for learning from history.
There is little doubt President Obama, congressional Democrats and the media were masterful in running circles around clueless Republicans investigating the Obama Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation to Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, not to mention fruitless GOP inquiries into the Benghazi cover-up and investigations stemming from Obama’s use of the Internal Revenue Service as a weapon against Tea Party and conservative organizations.
In fact, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who stonewalled congressional subpoenas requiring his agency to forward to Congress documents pertaining to IRS targeting, remains in office.
As the Washington Times reported last December:
“Republican leaders managed to derail impeachment of IRS commissioner John Koskinen … forcing the debate back to a committee for more study, where it will die when Congress adjourns at the end of this year.”
Sleepy Republicans got played.
If Devin Nunes is acting in secret, it’s because, like the rest of us, he knows all his private communications—emails and cellphone calls—are among the monumental metadata collected by U.S. intelligence services under Obama’s domestic espionage program, PRISM.
Nunes also knows that ranking committee Democrats were complicit in coordinating the targeting of Tea Party and conservative organizations by the IRS and Federal Election Commission.
Nunes, it seems, is running a counter-espionage program, in association with the Trump White House.
He recently told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that his trips to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue allowed him to view “intelligence products that we don’t have access to in the House of Representatives, but we do have the clearances to see … I needed a place that I could actually go and find this information and review it.”
But O’Reilly was clearly skeptical of GOP investigators.
“Most Americans think you guys in Congress are a bunch of hooey right now,” said O’Reilly. “The IRS investigation—where did that go? Nowhere. Did we ever find out who ordered that? No, we did not. Why should we have any confidence that you’re going to get anywhere?”
In answer, Nunes pointed to the calls for his removal as House Intelligence Committee chairman.
“I’m sure the Democrats do want me to quit because they know that I’m quite effective at getting to the bottom of things.”
At the “bottom of things,” of course, will be proof President Obama and high ranking members of the Democratic Party ordered or helped facilitate the permanent administrative state’s extra scrutiny of President-elect Trump and his transition team. They did this to undermine constitutional government in the name of America’s post-constitutional, omnipresent super-state.
“The government of the United States is sitting on top of the Washington Monument, right on the very point … ready to fall off and break up on the pavement. There are just a handful of men that can prevent it.”
The question is whether Rep. Devin Nunes is one of them.