Devin Nunes' opponent Andrew Janz makes the case for kicking Nunes off the Russia investigation
Rep. Devin Nunes, a Republican from California, is the head of the House Intelligence Committee and is supposed to be investigating whether President Donald Trump was involved in an effort by Russian spies to steal private information from Democratic campaign officials to manipulate the 2016 elections. Instead, Nunes appears to be running interference for the president, and was even caught on tape telling Republican donors that House Republicans are "the only ones" who can protect the president from accountability.
Nunes's Democratic opponent, Andrew Janz, is in law enforcement — he's a violent crimes prosecutor in Fresno, California — and he had some choice words for Nunes's role in the Russia cover-up.
"This investigation into the Russian meddling in 2016 is going to be one of the most important investigations ever undertaken in the United States of America," he told Salon's Amanda Marcotte, adding, "we need to make sure as a country that this investigation continues unimpeded and that we put politics aside."
"You know, traditionally, in the House Intelligence Committee, Republicans and Democrats have been able to come together in a bipartisan fashion to make sure that our country is protected," he continued. "I see my opponent, every single day in Washington, working to really undermine this investigation."
"What's most frustrating about all this is he is using his position as committee chairman to not only interfere with the investigation, but then again to raise money off of his interference," Janz said, pointing out the fact that the taped comments were an effort to get donor money with promises of further interference. To hear more on how Janz plans to win Nunes’ seat, watch the full interviewTune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on YouTube, Facebook and Periscope.