If things go as expected, Special Counsel Robert Mueller will be issuing at least one report in the next couple of months which will likely be focused on Donald Trump’s numerous instances of obstructing justice. While some who support Trump may say a president cannot possibly obstruct justice, most legal experts disagree.
But along with the obstruction report Mueller issues, there’s another development we should also be looking for: The indictment of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on charges of obstruction of justice.
Over the weekend, Nunes stuck his head up out of his rat hole long enough to say he would be calling for a task force to investigate how the Obama administration allegedly “targeted” the Trump campaign in 2016. As the Washington Examiner reported Saturday:
“Rep. Devin Nunes is referring 42 Obama administration officials, FBI agents and outside political activists to a House task force for an investigation into how the Obama Justice Department targeted the Donald Trump campaign.
“The California Republican is asking his fellow GOP legislators to summon for public testimony all 42 — a cast of FBI, Justice Department, and State Department officials and outside anti-Trump people with whom they communicated.”
Why would Nunes want to do something like this? Well, there are a few reasons:
- Nunes is still carrying water for Trump and will do anything in order to protect the White House.
- Nunes is hoping to try and counter charges against Trump and other prominent Republicans by creating a diversion that can be broadcast nightly on Fox News.
- Nunes wants to try and take the heat off himself and place it elsewhere.
While gullible Trump acolytes will gladly be led astray by Nunes’ wild goose chase, rest assured Robert Mueller won’t, and is already preparing to indict Nunes.
Can a member of Congress be indicted for actions he took as part of his work on a Congressional committee? According to Norm Eisen, who served as White House Special Counsel for Ethics and Government Reform in the Obama administration, he certainly can:
“According to press accounts, the Nunes memo may be designed at least in part to provide the president an excuse for firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
“Endeavoring to stop an investigation, if done with corrupt intent, may constitute obstruction of justice. Plotting to assist such action may be conspiracy to obstruct justice.”
So shortly before or after Mueller issues his report this fall, expect an indictment of Nunes, along with other Republicans such as Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Mark Meadows (R-NC).
The Russia scandal is not only a threat to Donald Trump; it could also wind up destroying the Republican Party.