Following breaking news that he would be facing investigation by the House Ethics Committee for his alleged violation of procedure throhgout the Russian hacking hearings n his role as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes has officially announced that he will be stepping down from these hearings. Nunes has announced that he will be stepping down as a result of “entirely false” accusations made against him by the Office of Congressional Ethics, but if he’s so confident that these accusations are false, why step down?
In all likelihood, the accusations aren’t false at all. Through his behavior throughout these investigations, Nunes has made it blatantly clear that he is trying to cover for Trump, despite the fact that witness after witness has denounced the President’s wiretapping claims and spoken to the suspicious nature of Trump’s relationship with the Russian government.
In classic Republican fashion, the second Nunes started catching heat for his obvious manipulation of these hearings, he is trying to step down and deflect blame elsewhere. This, however, won’t work, as national attention is now decidedly fixed on these hearings, and Americans are demanding the truth.
The Republican party under Trump has been operating with the belief that as long as someone steps down or resigns, their past mistakes will be forgotten. Michael Flynn was forced to resign due to his connections to Russia, Jeff Sessions had to recuse himself from a Justice Department investigation regarding Russian hacks in the 2016 election, and now Nunes is stepping down in the face of allegations that he severely violated ethical standards for elected officials.
The truth, however, is that Americans are not going to forget how the Republican party attempted to derail these hearings simply because one more party player has stepped down from his post. While it’s good news that Nunes won’t be able to interfere with these proceedings any more, he still needs to be held accountable for failing to his job as a member of the House of Representatives and as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
Nunes stepping down, however, doesn’t mean that the fight is over in regards to demanding the truth throughout these hearings. He’s already picked Michael Conaway (R, Texas), Trey Gowdy (R, South Carolina), and Tom Rooney (R, Florida) to replace him on the committee. All of these representatives are still Republicans, and could very well have some of the same motivations that Nunes had in attempting to derailing these hearings.
Remaining informed and active is a key aspect of success for those fighting to resist Trump’s policies, and ensuring that these hearings are conducted fairly is incredibly important for that movement right now.
The best thing that Democrats can do now is make it clear that people around the country are paying close attention to these hearings. If you agree, and want to let the new Republicans running these hearings know that the type of behavior exhibited won’t be tolerated, please share this message on Facebook.