The New York Times reported earlier this month that the Senate Intelligence Committee, headed by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) “has concluded that Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee were behind the leak of private text messages between the Senate panel’s top Democrat and a Russian-connected lawyer,” according to two congressional officials.
Devin Nunes (R-CA) is being singled out for an almost certainly illegal leak of classified information. At issue, there are a series of texts that were leaked just days after House Republicans decided to move forward with releasing their notorious memo, despite serious objections of the FBI. The texts between Mr. Warner and Adam Waldman, a Washington attorney, show that the senator had tried for weeks to arrange a meeting with Christopher Steele, who assembled the famous “Steele Dossier.”
Fox News published the texts, which had been sent via a secure messaging application, in early February. Trump and his Republican cronies pounced on the report in order to try to discredit Senator Warner, suggesting that the senator was was somehow wrong for trying to contact Mr. Steele.
Why is Nunes in hot water? Per The New York Times:
Copies of the messages were originally submitted by Mr. Waldman to the Senate committee. In January, one of Mr. Nunes’s staff members requested that copies be shared with the House committee as well, according to a person familiar with the request who was not authorized to talk about it publicly. Days later, the messages were published by Fox News, the person said. Fox’s report said that it had obtained the documents from a Republican source it did not name.
The documents published by Fox News appear to back up the senators’ accusation. Though they were marked “CONFIDENTIAL: Produced to USSSCI on a Confidential Basis,” suggesting that they had come from the Senate panel, known as the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the person familiar with the congressional requests said that the stamp was misleading and that other markings gave away their actual origin.
So that counts as two times in as many days that the Republicans, led by Devin Nunes, did their absolute best to undermine out intelligence communities. A spokesman for Mr. Nunes, Jack Langer, did not deny or otherwise address the accusation that the committee had leaked the messages, but called the premise of The New York Times article “absurd.”
Absurd or not, we can be certain Robert Mueller is checking Nunes very closely right about now.