Geller Report: Devin Nunes, Californian congressman and one of the leading voices in the Republican side who’s questioned the whole Russia-stole-the-election-and-gave-it-to-Donald-Trump line of thought, sent out a curious tweet just recently that suggests the Democrats may have some answers to give.
He wrote: “The leakers and their recipients have been found …”
And in the tweet, he linked to a story from The Federalist, which spoke of the media battle to take down Trump.
Here’s the tweet:
And here’s more from the Federalist:
The New York Times published a story on March 1, based on anonymous sources, claiming that Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., had met with House Speaker Paul Ryan to blame Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., for leaking texts between Mark Warner and the attorney for a Russian oligarch connected to the author of the salacious and unverified dossier the FBI used to secure a wiretap against a Trump campaign affiliate.
It was a weird story for many reasons. For one, it was the first time the paper had even mentioned these encrypted texts, despite their newsworthiness and the dramatic twist they gave parts of the Russia investigation.
For another, the story was denied publicly by Burr, who told CNN that the account was simply wrong.
For another, it turned out that no members on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence had even seen the texts, according to Nunes and others on the committee.
But the weirdest part about the story is that The New York Times is a frequent recipient of actual leaks from House Democrats on the Intelligence Committee. On Feb. 27, Democrats on the committee leaked Hope Hicks’ testimony directly to The New York Times. In fact, Nicholas Fandos, the very same reporter on the anonymously sourced story about House Republicans supposedly leaking, received a leak from Democrats on the committee, which he immediately published under the headline, “Hope Hicks Acknowledges She Sometimes Tells White Lies for Trump.”
Fandos ran with the spin given to him by Schiff and his staff. MORE