March 22, 2017

Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts characterized Rep. Nunes' impromptu and unprecedented press conference as a "dog and pony show."

Roberts joined Fox News' Shepard Smith to discuss Rep. Nunes political stunt and they played a very brief response by Trump, when he was asked if he felt vindicated by what Nunes had briefed him on.

Trump said, “I somewhat do. I must tell you I somewhat do. I very much appreciated the fact that they found what they found, I somewhat do.”

That was nicely coordinated.

Roberts has been anything but a right wing safety valve for the Trump administration and rightly called out Rep. Nunes for throwing Trump a life jacket over his crazy allegations that Obama wiretapped him at Trump Tower.

If you missed the story, read: "Nunes Grandstands For Trump, Says Transition Team Communications Collected"

After Shepard played the clip of Trump, John Roberts shared what many in the media felt after Nunes ran around like a chicken without its head to tell the president what he had found.

Roberts said, "[Nunes] was asked this question. Was it appropriate for the chairman of the Republican Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to immediately after he found about this, come running over to brief the president on it."

"There is a certain and I'm probably going to get in a little bit of trouble from Trump supporters on this, a certain sense of dog and pony show about this whole thing,' he said.

Roberts continued, "He didn't just call down to the White House, that he made a show of coming down here to the WH, almost on an emergency basis and briefing the president about all of this so that the president had that information in hand when he would next have the entire White House pool in there and could talk about it."

That's exactly what happened. Rep. Nunes leaked to the White House exactly what the White House hammered James Comey about on Monday.

This proves once and for all that Rep. Nunes is not acting like the ranking member of the House Intelligence committee, but as a partisan hack who worked on Trump's transition team and is looking to cover up for Trump's many lies about President Obama illegally wiretapping him and to supply Sean Hannity's next three hours of programming.

Marcy Wheeler writes: Devin Nunes Commits “Felonious Leaking”

Digby writes:

Unfortunately for him, Nunes is a moron and has opened a Pandora's Box by saying that the intercepts had nothing to do with Russia and implying that there are other FISA warrants out there that picked up conversations with Trump officials. If he hadn't said that one might have assumed that these were the kind of incidental routine intercepts of conversations with foreigners that don't require a FISA warrant. He seems confused.

One thing is now crystal clear. Nunes cannot run the House intelligence committee investigation. As a member of Trump's transition team he should have recused himself from the beginning. Now he's so obviously tainted that he made the best cast yet for an Independent commission and/or a special prosecutor. He should not be given any more access to intelligence reports. After spending the whole day on Monday ragging on leaks to James Comey he just went out and held a press conference hurling charges based upon a ... leak.

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