The Reverend


Last Monday, the open session of the House Intelligence Committee, to understate, did no go well for the Trump administration. Not only did James Comey confirm for the first time publicly that Trump campaign associates were being investigated for possible "coordination" with Russians in their effort to interfere in last year's presidential election campaign in which the Russians favored Donald....but we also learned from Comey and Rogers, and a message through Comey from the Justice Department, that they had not seen any evidence that Obama spied on or surveilled any Trumpers either before or after the election. That's what we learned last Monday.....and don't kid yourself...those revelations sent the Trump White House into panic mode.



Tuesday evening....



The Daily Beast reported that (Devin) Nunes (Intel. Committee Chair) was in an Uber Tuesday evening with a senior committee staffer when he got a communication on his phone, before leaving abruptly without telling his aide where he was going.



Where did Nunes go that Tuesday night and what was he doing?



Nunes spokesman Jack Langer said in a statement that Nunes "met with his source at the White House grounds in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source."



Nunes left his staff member and met with someone, someone at the White House "grounds" Tuesday night to view something, something....which led Nunes to run to microphones and cameras first thing Wednesday morning....



At a Wednesday morning press conference, Nunes said: 'The intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition.'



Then, immediately following his media session Wednesday AM...Nunes rushed to the White House to "inform" the president...because....in Nunes' own words....



“I felt I had a duty and obligation to tell him because as you know he’s been taking a lot of heat in the news media,” Nunes said on Hannity’s Fox News (Thursday) show.



None of this makes any logical sense. Donald Trump is the guy in charge of all things at the White House. Why would Donald need Nunes to inform him about, well, anything, really? Donald has access to ALL classified material and certainly didn't need the head of the House investigating committee to share with the president what he could access any damn time he wanted.



By his own explanation, Nunes admitted that he was trying to help Trump defend against "heat" from the "news media".



So, did Nunes meet with a Trump senior advisor Tuesday night? Did a senior Trumper show Nunes something, something....which no one else has ever seen? In other words, was this entire head-scratching episode...fake news creation?....



A congressional source said congressional investigators have questioned agencies directly to try to find out what intelligence reports and intercepts Nunes is referring to, but that as of Monday the agencies were still saying they did not know what Nunes was talking about.



The NY Magazine piece's author points to two problems with Nunes' own story....



The first, and most obvious, is that Nunes, who was a member of Trump’s transition, admits to feeling a “duty and obligation” to someone he is supposed to be investigating.



The second problem is Nunes’s suggestion that the information he shared with Trump would help the president defend himself from the “heat” he’s taking in the news media. But as Nunes himself said on Wednesday, none of the information he has validates Trump’s baseless claims that President Obama tapped his phones. The “heat” remains warranted.



That's exactly right.



My take.



It is common knowledge now that Donald Trump's main concern is with his media image. It may be his ONLY concern. Anticipating that last Monday's open House hearing with Comey and Rogers would result in damaging media coverage....for quite awhile, actually....is it possible that Trump or one of his minions called Devin Nunes while he was in that Uber taxi Tuesday night....to construct from whole cloth a gonzo episode of fake news...which Trump could then feel "somewhat vindicated" over, after Nunes did what he did? Was the entire episode a scam, a con?



I think it was. While I find what Nunes did kind of stupid and amateurish and in the stream of serious things, not all that important.....what I do think this gonzo episode informs us of is how quickly panicked the Trumpsters became over what happened in that open session last Monday.



Guilty people sometimes panic when they think they are on the verge of having their crimes uncovered.