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Republican Devin Nunes Is Retiring From Congress

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Representative Devin Nunes, a Republican from California and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks during an impeachment inquiry hearingon Capitol Hill November 21, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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California Congressman Devin Nunes is retiring from Congress in 2022, reports KMJ’s Ray Appleton. The California radio station also noted that the representative is reportedly “taking a senior executive leader position in a soon-to-be launched Trump media enterprise.”

Nunes is currently in his 10th term in Congress and has long been hailed as a hero by former President Donald Trump and his supporters for his drive to discredit the Steele Dossier.

As The Daily Wire reported in 2019, even The Washington Post had to admit that Nunes was more correct in his assertions regarding the dossier and chief Trump critic Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) had been proven mostly wrong:

Now that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has finally released his much-anticipated report on alleged misconduct by the FBI during the 2016 election, two famous memos — one released by Republican Rep. Devin Nunes while he was House Intelligence Committee chairman, and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who has since taken over the position — have come under renewed scrutiny. The memos presented dueling versions of how the FBI began to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in an effort to investigate alleged “collusion” with Russia.

So who had it right? A fact-checker for The Washington Post has been forced to admit that Nunes got a “fair amount” right — in fact, his version of events aligned far more closely with what Horowitz found than the Democrats’ rebuttal.

“[H]ow much is the Nunes memo itself vindicated?” The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake asks in a fact-check published Friday. “A fair amount, it turns out,” writes Blake, adding in an attempt at a qualifier “at least, in Horowitz’s estimation.”

Blake then walks through the parallel passages in each memo and compares them with what Horowitz’s extensive report concludes, beginning with the most important disagreement between the two: “how accurate and complete the four [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)] applications to surveil Page were.” It turns out that Nunes’ claims aligned more closely with what took place, while Schiff’s counter featured “probably the worst line of the Democrats’ rebuttal.”

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Another key claim made in Nunes’ memo is that the Democrat-funded dossier by Christopher Steele was “an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application.” The Democrats countered by claiming that the FBI “made only narrow use” of the notorious, unverified and salacious Steele dossier:

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While Blake describes the differences here as “nuanced,” the language in Horowitz’ report is clear enough: Nunes’ once again presents a more accurate description of events than the Democrats’.

Nunes’ retirement from Congress is huge in terms of shaking up the political landscape for the Republican party.

As mentioned by Politico’s Jake Sherman, Nunes “was in line to be Ways and Means chairman in the House Republican majority.”

This is a developing news story; stay tuned for updates.

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