Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff, D-Calif., left, listens as tracking member rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., questions former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch at the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
This is an interesting note that Nunes shared yesterday while doing a radio hit with Sara Carter.
According to Nunes, Republicans have an open investigation in IG Michael Atkinson. You may recall that he was at the center of classifying the whistleblower complaint as an “urgent concern,” thereby notifying Adam Schiff and starting the current impeachment drama.
“We really do need to hear from the whistleblower,” Nunes told The Sara Carter Show. “That needs to happen and the fact that the Democrats won’t release the transcript of us interviewing the Inspector General Atkinson that brought this scam forward. Everyone needs to see that testimony and the reason that it’s not being released is because it’s very damaging, not only to the whistleblower, but also to Atkinson himself.”
Nunes could not disclose the content of the whistleblower testimony but said “this testimony is really bad and…the Republicans have an active investigation into Atkinson.
Atkinson was also responsible for making a late change to the whistleblower form, which allowed Ciaramella to submit the complaint in the first place. The indication being that Atkinson was at least keen to get the information to Congress despite it not legally even being within his purview (complaints about the President’s actions do not fall under IC IG jurisdiction).
Since the initial interview Atkinson did within Schiff’s “investigation,” he’s refused to answer basic questions about his conduct. For Nunes part, he believes Atkinson lied to Congress and needs to at least be made to correct his statements.
“We’ve mentioned it, but I think people have just kind of ignored it because, of course, we don’t have the subpoena power, so we can’t bring Atkinson back in but he’s got serious questions to answer for because I believe that he either lied to Congress or he really needs to correct his statements and he’s refused to respond,” said Nunes…
What this actually entails is still a mystery to the public, but it’s hard to discount Nunes after he was proven right about FISA abuse occurring (something he took years of beatings from left and some on the right over for his initial, correct observations).
The reality is that this may fall on the Senate, which has subpoena power, to fully investigate. We’ll have to see where this goes, but Atkinson’s role in all this has always been suspect and deserves scrutiny.