First, he went after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Now, congressional jester and Trump stooge Devin Nunes is threatening to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt over subpoenaed Justice Department documents Nunes probably won’t even read anyway.
The twist this time is that some of Nunes’ Republican colleagues in the House don’t have a clue what he’s talking about.
Nunes phoned into Fox & Friends Sunday to tell President Donald Trump’s cheerleading squad that two weeks ago, he sent Sessions a classified letter demanding “very important” documents regarding counterintelligence investigations, but was ignored. The House Intelligence chairman then said that last week, he sent a subpoena for the information.
“On Thursday, we discovered that they are not going to comply with our subpoena on very important information that we need,” he said.
“So what are you going to do about it?” asked Fox & Friends co–host Ed Henry. “The only thing left that we can do, is we have to move quickly to hold the attorney general of the United States in contempt, and that’s what I’m going to press for this week,” Nunes replied.
“This is a very big deal, and so far you’re saying you have heard nothing from Jeff Sessions and from his office, is that right?” chimed in co–host Abby Huntsman.
Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo later reported that the Justice Department did respond to Nunes in writing, saying, “We are in receipt of your letter. After careful evaluation and following consultation with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the FBI, the White House, and the Department, we are not in a position to provide information responsive to your request.”
Bartiromo then asked John Ratcliff, a Texas Republican who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, to weigh in on Nunes’ threat.
“Well, Maria, I haven’t seen the subpoena that Devin Nunes was talking about, so I don’t know if it relates to the [Electronic Communication] that started the counterintelligence [in the Russia probe] or if it relates to something else.”
“Bottom line,” interrupted Bartiromo, “will you move to pursue contempt charges against Attorney General Jeff Sessions as Devin Nunes stated earlier?
“I think that all members of Congress are going to need more information about what the request was and what the response from the Justice Department is. We don’t have that,” Ratcliff said.
He later added, “I think before we go to those very extraordinary measures, everyone ought to have a better sense of what both chairman Nunes and the Department of Justice are arguing about.”
Nunes’ threat against Sessions comes the morning after another Fox News host, Jeanine Pirro, launched into a conspiracy rant against Sessions and Rosenstein, calling the attorney general “dithering, unsure, insecure, uncertain, spineless, [and] timid.” Later on the show, Rudy Giuliani urged Sessions to dismiss Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
This all comes after CNN reported on Saturday that Nunes hadn’t even bothered to read sensitive Justice Department documents he previously threatened to impeach Rosenstein over.