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Wednesday, we told you that subpoenas are starting to rain down on TrumpWorld, with the House Intelligence Committee politely shoving one up the bottom of Donald Trump’s creepy personal lawyer Michael Cohen, for whatever goods he has that are pertinent to the Trump-Russia investigation. Meanwhile, it was reported that former national security adviser/literal actual foreign agent Michael Flynn was beginning to comply, slowly, with subpoenas on his businesses over in the Senate Intelligence Committee. Well, Flynn had better hope one of his foreign buddies has a copy machine he can borrow, because the House Intel Committee has ALSO just thrown subpoenas at his face, just like they promised! For both men, the subpoenas apply both to their own personal selves, and also to their companies.

So good news, right? Hahaha, well sort of, except that there is a “BUT,” and its name is Devin Nunes, the overeager, dimwitted Republican chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Back before Nunes “recused” himself from the Russia investigation he wasn’t participating in to begin with, he ran around for a week helping the president obstruct justice on Russia, breathlessly visiting the White House to tell the White House that the White House had given him super top secret classified information about allegedly improper “unmasking” of Trump associates picked up in routine foreign intelligence gathering. This was the REAL STORY, at least according to the syphilitic weasels who live in Nunes’s and Trump’s brains. (We explained how “unmasking” works, how it’s totally normal, and how Devin Nunes’s little obsession with it is just more evidence that the boy isn’t all that bright. Also, when Adam Schiff, the committee’s Democratic ranking member, saw the stuff Nunes saw, he said it was some irrelevant bullshit.)

Well, Nunes may be recused from Russia stuff, but that doesn’t mean he can’t sit in the corner with his thumb up his sin hole and do his OWN investigation into “unmasking”! Nunes decided to do some special subpoenas that are only for Devin and his daddy Trump, and Democrats on the intel committee are PISSED:

A political feud erupted on Wednesday over the U.S. House Intelligence Committee’s probe of suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, with charges that the panel’s Republican chairman subpoenaed the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency without telling Democratic members. […]

The subpoenas asked the agencies to provide details of any requests made by two top Obama administration aides and the former CIA director to “unmask” names of Trump campaign advisers inadvertently picked up in top-secret foreign communications intercepts, congressional sources said.

The former officials named in the subpoenas were Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power and former CIA Director John Brennan.

“Subpoenas related to the ‘unmasking’ issue would have been sent by Chairman Nunes acting separately from the committee’s Russia investigation. This action would have been taken without the minority’s (Democrats’) agreement,” said a senior committee aide, speaking on condition of anonymity.

That’s right! Devin Nunes will find out if gross Susan Rice and dumb Samantha Power and the weak and failing John Brennan did any unmasking! SPOILER: They did. It was part of their jobs, when they’d run across signals intelligence that mentioned a U.S. person. SOMETIMES it’s not necessary to unmask the U.S. person. Other times it’s very relevant! Regardless, when these folks requested unmasking, the NSA was the decision maker as to whether their requests should be approved. Brennan explained this thoroughly in his hearing before the House Intel Committee. Susan Rice has explained this. It’s actually not THAT complicated.

Of course, Nunes will probably end up stepping on his own dick with these subpoenas, because if he finds out about unmasking requests, he’ll probably find out that U.S. persons in Trump’s inner circle ended up being picked up in foreign intelligence surveillance because THEY COULD NOT STOP DOING BACK CHANNEL COLLUSION WITH THE RUSSIANS EVERY FIVE GODDAMN SECONDS. Hey, Devin Nunes was on the Trump transition team! Maybe his own name is in there!

Your stupid president tweeted this Thursday morning:

No it isn’t, you dumb fuckwhistle.

We’re glad to see that Devin Nunes didn’t learn any lessons from the last time he obstructed justice for Trump right in front of everybody’s faces. We reckon it’ll make special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s job a heck of a lot easier.

 

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  • msanthropesmr

    He’s not my stupid president.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      Well, not for long, anyway.

  • BearDeLaOursistance

    The greatest trick the Devin ever pulled was convincing the world he wasn’t a bucket of steaming pus.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
  • armed_bears
    • Celtic_Gnome

      Thank you. My ferrets have more integrity in their little toes than fucking Devin Nunes has in his whole twisted body.

  • jodyleek

    Oh, Donnie, you are so correct! The “unmasking” is the bigly story because how in the heck do they get the masks off treasonous scum bags’ heads when said mask-bearing heads are so far up Putin’s ass, henghhhhh?!?

  • Nounverb911

    Devil Devin, whatever, I’ll kick you to the curb just as soon as your usefulness is over.”
    –DJT

  • Nounverb911
  • BoatOfVelociraptors

    Why ask for a report when you can subpoena?

  • Crystalclear12

    They don’t seem to be very good at this.

    • DrBigHead

      Desperate people often react without thinking of the consequences. That is why the hole just keeps getting deeper and deeper.

      • MrTusks

        Ha ha! Obama found out we were Russian agents MONTHS before the election! Why didn’t HE do anything??

      • Hobbes’ Evil Twin

        Not only desperate but incredibly incompetent.

      • Opalescent Riddles

        Or, they flail about, trying to clamber into a lifeboat without thinking to check whether it can even support another passenger. They might think of consequences, but only the shortest term ones and those that apply to themselves most directly. The long game is what kills them.

  • Wojo
    • Antonin Dvorak

      Doesn’t mean she is wrong.

    • Crank Tango

      Your mom plays the blame game all the time.

    • Crystalclear12

      Thank you but we don’t need your squirrel.

    • beingreleased

      My tweet on this subject, which I share for your “pleasure.”:
      https://twitter.com/beingreleased/status/870280133877407745

      • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

        Chris Cillizza…Jesus Christ. The only goddamn thing Donnie has ever been right about is when he called Cillizza “One of the dumber and least respected of the political pundits.”

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        He says all of that stuff was “bad breaks” that happen to every campaign. You know, because every campaign has had to deal with systemic attacks by a foreign government enabled by useful idiot tools.

    • Cheesus Crust _ Rebel

      Exactly 8 comments and the profile is private – I sense a troll.

    • TJ Barke

      The only particular objection I have with that list is Netflix.

      • ZangoCrudmonger

        That is a curious one. Not sure I want to know what a content farm in Macedonia is.
        The projection troll is projecting.

        • Celtic_Gnome

          Evidently, we were all Netflixing and chilling and forgot to go to the polls.

      • Lascauxcaveman

        And the elephant that’s missing from the room is “electoral college.”

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      You keep talking but all I hear is “blah blah blah blah blah”…

      • Wojo

        “Resistance Pilot”.

        Lol.

        • TJ Barke

          “Foxnewsresearch”.

          Lol.

        • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

          Alas, your slings and arrows have wounded me.

          • Wojo

            I don’ t want to hurt anyone.

          • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

            Okay, so sarcasm blind as well.

            *stamps file 4-F*

            NEXT!

          • Bobathonic

            There’s a seat on the Group W bench for him.

    • LesBontemps

      I was going to say “you’re really bad at dick jokes,” Wojo, but then I saw “Fox News Research.” Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    • Covfefe

      Tl/dr

    • x111e7thst

      3,000,000 votes

      • therblig

        they forgot “Not enough illegals voting”

        • x111e7thst

          There might have been some illegal russian/eastern ukranian votes for Trump. Something to investigate?

      • Wojo

        A statistic.

        • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance
          • Wojo

            Scott Lemieux is a Hillary apologist. He ruined LGM. The only good point he made, although unintentionally, is that Democrats always claim they were cheated when they lose.

          • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

            That does not even remotely refute the points made in the article. Or do YOU think Hillary is being treated the same as Gore and Kerry after her loss?

        • x111e7thst

          that’s like one million votes for every time Sessions perjured himself about his meetings with Kislyak

          • Wojo

            No perjury.

          • Manders

            Whoa, you’re defending Sessions now? Trolly troll is trolly.

          • Wojo

            The law is the f’ing law, Manders.

            Stop being a group thinking ‘Us vs Them’ authoritarian bot.

            Liberal blogs aren’t where you need to do battle. You’re not going to convict anyone hashing things out here with your friends.

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            Jesus you’re a fucking idjit

          • Manders

            Are you liberal? ‘Cause you don’t sound like one.

            Why did Sessions recuse himself if he didn’t do anything wrong?

          • Manders

            Also, you’re not my friend. I don’t know you. I’ve never seen you comment here before. Your account is brand new and private – as others have noted – so I don’t recognize you as a friend or a liberal.

            You came here to comment, and presumably trade opinions. You can’t get upset if people push back on them.

          • Wojo

            I didn’t say or imply we were friends.

          • Manders

            “You’re not going to convict anyone hashing things out here with your friends”

            Yes, you did.

            ETA: And it’s pretty laughable calling *me* an authoritarian bot after saying “the law is the f’ing law.”

          • Wojo

            That wasn’t an implication that you and I were friends.

          • Manders

            Then I have no bloody idea what you were trying to say.

            Sessions is unlikely to be convicted of perjury because people of importance rarely are. That doesn’t mean he didn’t lie, and couldn’t be tossed out on his ear if Congress cared to do it. That’s what they tried to impeach Clinton for; pretty much exactly that. Both of them lied under oath.

            And I wouldn’t be able to convict anyone anyways, ’cause I ain’t a Congresscritter and I ain’t a lawyer; but I do work in the law, so don’t sit here and tell me “the law is the f’ing law,” *friend*. People who say things like that prove that they know very little about actual law.

          • Wojo

            Get over yourself, Manders.

          • Manders

            And the law is not the “f’ing law.” Laws are often open to interpretation. That is why we have courts, and lawyers. Laws are made, and in the process of prosecuting cases, different interpretations of laws are argued. Hell, we can’t even agree on what the founders intended by the language in the Constitution.

            http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/03/can-jeff-sessions-be-prosecuted-perjury

          • Celtic_Gnome

            Lying under oath is, unfortunately, defined as perjury. Can’t split that hair.

    • anwisok

      “Everyone who assumed she’d win.” “Obama for winning two terms.” “Democrats not making the right documentaries.”

      Uh, yeah. Right. These are things blamed for her loss. Sure. And, the obvious troll is obvious.

    • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

      That’s some pathetically inept trolling boy. Gonna have to raise your game a tad to play in this league.

      • Wojo

        Not trolling. I’ll probably vote for Biden in 2020.

        Just didn’t like Hillary. No more Clintons and no more Bush’s.

        • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

          And how has that worked out for you so far, purity pony?

          • pstockholm

            I don’t use ‘purity pony’ anymore, I just say ‘asshole’. It saves time.

          • Wojo

            How has anything truly worked out, Bub? Obama overpromised and underdelivered. Dropped bombs on innocent civilians with his drone program. Spied on Americans. Made race relations worse. And lost 1,000 national and state elected offices the likes of which Dems won’t recover from for a long, long time. Not to mention Trump picks the next 3-4 SC justices.

          • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

            Thanks to worthless assholes like you he does. Good job.

          • Wojo

            Hillary was terrible, Bub. My vote means a lot to me. I won’t be told by anyone who to vote for. Or shamed into it by the likes of people like you.

            Hillary wanted Trump to win the Republican nomination. Her campaign wanted him to win. Democrats wanted him to win the nomination. The media dwabted him to win the nomination.

            That’s a fact that doesn’t get mentioned very often.

          • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

            Who did you vote for? Serious question.

          • Wojo

            No, Bub, kindly GFY. You don’t ‘serious question’ me after calling me the names you did. You’re a dishonest broker. If you don’t like me, block me or go whine to the moderators for me not being your particular cup of tea politically.

          • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

            I don’t whine to mods, and I don’t refuse to answer a question because someone hurt my feelings. You sit in your ivory tower and expect people to applaud enthusiastically when you deign to shower them with your pearls of wisdom. That’s an unrealistic expectation. Life ain’t like that. And politics is life – it’s a rough game. The U.S. is facing an existential threat with the monster in the WH, and folks like you with their completely unrealistic views on politics helped put him there. Your vote is terribly precious to you – so precious that you pissed it away and helped inflict a calamity upon your country, and the world.

            Politics is the art of the possible. I am decidedly unhappy with many of the things that Obama did, and I’m sure I would have been unhappy with much of what Hillary Clinton would have done. But they operate under the constraints imposed upon them by the system that elected them, and revolutionary change is not something a president can IMPOSE. Barack Obama had to settle for much less than he wanted domestically, and engage in foreign operations that were brutal, stupid and, IMO, counterproductive. We all know those actions did not go nearly far enough for the Republicans, for the more hawkish members of his administration, or for much of the public. Any president is going to have to deal with those problems. And if he (or she) tries to buck the system, they will quickly find themselves assailed from all sides, marginalized, hamstrung politically and possibly impeached. THAT is the reality. So you have to work slowly. Push where it gives. Try to make incremental changes, and build a foundation for those who follow you. That would have gone for anyone elected this cycle too – even Bernie, or Jill Stein. Do you think for one second that Bernie would have been able to get his legislative agenda through the Congress? Or ignore pressure to respond militarily to a serious terrorist attack?

            The upshot is that one of the reasons you have Donald Trump in the White House, with the possibility of progressive legislation being set back for a generation, is because there were many people like yourself who refused to view things pragmatically. They allowed their ideals to outweigh their grasp of reality. You helped to create this catastrophe. You can’t now expect to be congratulated for it. If you can’t handle a few slings and arrows when you show your ass publicly, then I guess you need to find yourself another “safe space,” because you sure as hell aren’t going to find it here.

            If you ever want to discuss this rationally, I’ll be happy to engage you. If you just want to nurse your hurt feelings, I have no time for you.

          • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

            Btw, the media wanted him to win because of ratings and money. They were purely cynical about the whole exercise.

          • Wojo

            No, the wanted him to win because they were certain they could make mincemeat out of him once he won the nomination and make Hillary look exceptional by contrast.

          • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

            Sure. Ratings had nothing to do with it, at all.

          • Wojo

            That’s why I call you a dishonest broker. I never said ratings had nothing to do with it.

          • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

            You said, and I quote:

            “No, tbeyveanted him to win because they were certain they could make mincemeat out of him once he won the nomination and make Hillary look exceptional by contrast.”

            That was in reply to my point that they cynically pushed his candidacy for the sake of ratings. It seems like a rebuttal of my point. Who exactly is being dishonest here?

          • Wojo

            Of course the media wants ratings. I never said ratings wasn’t a factor at all, though. You retort was dishonest.

          • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

            I didn’t note any such qualifier in your reply. No “of course ratings were a factor, but”, or anything along those lines.

            In any case, don’t you find the media’s continual beating on the drum of “her emails!” rather vitiates the argument that they wanted her to win the election? Seems strange that they would push Trump’s candidacy because that would allow her to easily be elected, while at the same time damaging her credibility and electability. Perhaps you can explain this bizarre contradiction?

          • Wojo

            Her emails had to be covered. There was an FBI criminal investigation going on and it was huge news.

          • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

            The investigation ostensibly ended in July. There is more than enough evidence that the coverage was grossly disproportionate before that, and it certainly was afterwards. Try again.

          • Wojo

            I’m not the one trying to convince anyone of anything. That’s you.

            There no such thing as grossly disproportionate in an FBI criminal investigation involving Hillary hen she’s the Dem nominee for president in an election year.

            She f’ed up. She and you both can whine and bellyache all you want after the fact, but she has no one to blame but herself for that investigation along with the fact her answers weren’t convincing as to the truth of the matter for hy she set it up in the first place.

          • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

            Oh, I’m not trying to convince you of anything. I recognize what an exercise in futility that would be. But yeah – all bullshit, politically motivated investigations should be covered as though they are the most important thing that ever happened, ever. I suppose you believe that all of the various investigations of her alleged “misconduct” were purely motivated by a dogged determination on the part of the Republican party to find out the truth? Which is why they kept on investigating long after it was clear the facts of the case did not warrant it?

            In any case, it still doesn’t explain the inconsistency between the media engaging in a conspiracy to get Trump nominated so Hillary Clinton could win the election and their actual coverage of her and her campaign. No mutter how much you sputter indignantly, there is no squaring that circle. Frankly, you disappoint me. You haven’t said one remotely intelligent, insightful thing in this entire thread. You really do need to up your game a little bit.

          • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

            “That’s a fact that doesn’t get mentioned very often.”
            Cause it’s not a fact?
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f22b516e8b28152cd617c90083d31c2ca463d1681b594bdbda50023eef12e649.png

          • Fun with Cthulhu

            “Obama made race relations worse” by being uppity enough to president while black. Fuck you.

          • Wojo

            Did that give you a shot of endorphins to say that?

            Studies confirm that it often does. And that it relieves a bit of racist guilt from the past along with the rush.

          • Manders

            So you want Biden to be president?? oooookaaaaay.

            PS – He ain’t gonna run. Sorry to disappoint.

          • Wojo

            How do you know?

          • Manders

            Because he’d be a terrible candidate. He has some terrible stuff on his record (see: Anita Hill). And he is old. For someone who claims to super concerned about race relations, your desire to keep electing old white guys is a little weird.

          • Wojo

            Who else do the Dems have but very old white guys?

          • Manders

            Plenty. Gillibrand. Booker. Perez. Harris. That’s just who I can think of off the top of my head. None of them are old. Not all of them are male, not all of them are white. Are they ready to run yet? No idea. But Obama was said not to be ready when he ran.

            Bernie is too old. Biden is too old. After four years of the dotty old racist, I imagine nobody is going to be eager to vote for someone in their seventies again.

          • Wojo

            Your opinion.

          • Manders

            Yup. It is. And backed up by opinions of other people who follow politics.

            Your opinion is that Obama “made race relations worse.” An opinion shared by racists. So congrats, there.

          • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

            Look up O’ Rourke down in Texas (despite his name he’s half Mexican-American)…don’t know a TON about him, but he’s looking promising in 4 or 8 years.

          • Manders

            Beto O’Rourke! Definitely.

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            Obama made race relations worse?

            GTFO you ignorant fool

          • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

            sigh…
            Obama promised, and R’s sabotaged him at every stage.
            Yes he did, as would have Clinton and Trump already has.
            Made race relations worse? I don’t think it was Obama who did that.
            Lost 1,000 national offices, eh, I need a citation needed on that.

          • Wojo
          • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

            the daily mail? THE DAILY MAIL?

            This headline says during his presidency, you said BECAUSE of him.
            Also, I don’t see a citation of theirs…where did they get this statistic they’re bandying about?

          • Wojo
          • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

            a few things:
            “the country’s 7,383 state legislative seats”
            if that number is true, that’s roughly 1/7 of all the available seats:

            also, there are alternative explanations other than: Obama:

            “The GOP’s national and local resurgence under the Democratic-controlled White House is not surprising, in part, because of the historical trend for two-term presidencies. Political analysts say it’s a sure thing that a political party prospers when it wins the White House but loses its influence across the country soon after. Remember that before the 2010 and 2012 elections, Democrats made positive gains in the 2006 and 2008 elections, said Larry Sabato, a political expert at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.”

            The Democrats’ “presidential penalty” is rougher than usual for a few reasons, Sabato explains.

            First, voters in midterm elections tend to be older and whiter, thus more conservative. Groups that are overwhelmingly Democratic, such as young people and minorities, are more likely to turn out in stronger numbers for presidential elections.

            Also, Democratic losses in 2010 could not have come at a worse time given redistricting across the country. With more Republicans in control of statehouses, they have authority over the lines that delineate seats for U.S. Senate, House and legislative races. “There is a heavy amount of gerrymandering,” Sabato said.

            Finally, voters and candidates are moving away from centrist voting habits that dominated the 1970s through ‘90s, when voters would deviate from party lines after making their presidential pick. In recent years, Sabato said, “more and more people will stay in the same column from the White House to the courthouse, voting for either Democrats or Republicans.”

    • Edith Prickly

      She won the popular vote, numbnutz, but the electoral college fucked it up for her. Strangely though, the guy who won is the person who won’t shut up about electoral fraud – coincidence? or covfefe?

    • Electric Ukulele Land

      As scintillating and substantial a refutation of her analysis as you are ever likely to see. I’ll give it points for being somewhat exhaustive — not that there is any honest attempt to address her points, it’s just meant to look like a wall of text — it might as well be “lorem ipsum” text thrown into the meme generator under the same heading. I’m sure there’s some pleasure at pointing and laughing at individual items but if you’re just going to titter at strings of words with childish dismissiveness, does it matter if they’re even English? Just replace them all with “covfefe” and it will be as impactful on the course of the conversation.

      • Wojo

        ‘Covfefe’ was already shopworn this time yesterday.

        • Electric Ukulele Land

          That was the point in using it… a random Latin string like “dolorem ipsum quia dolor” would have done fine, but that “word” choice just seemed entirely apropos. I’m glad you picked up on that.

    • Erala Contratista

      wojo ain’t working

      • Wojo

        Wojo is a hard workin’ mo fo.

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      Think sexism was just an excuse? Guess again, troll…

      …then again, I know enough of you brogressive types that I don’t expect you to learn anything. Bye!

  • Once&futureFred

    If the media was doing it’s job ALL the covfefe would be about leaks and Flynn would widely be praised as a true padriache!

  • memzilla Ω

    If I were the uncharitable sort — AND I AM — I would say that Devin Nunes is too stoopid to come up on his own with a plan to steer this investigation to the corner of Strawman Avenue and Red Herring Boulevard, and therefore must be taking orders from someone who ultimately reports to a guy whose name rhymes with Gladimir Tootin.

    • Bobathonic

      Yeah, Nunes has no idea he’s so close to the bus lanes.

    • Edith Prickly

      Gladimir Tootin – also known as “Emmanuel Macron’s bitch.”

  • Duke

    I get the feeling that Evan is angry about this.

    Anyone else?

  • mardam422

    Surveillance!!??! That sounds like one a them ferrin words, like venue or taco. We should only use good ole American words, like listenin’, or place, or sammich.

  • BigCSouthside

    What does the Orange One have on Nunes? It has to be something solid.

    • Covfefe

      It isn’t the Orange One that has something on Devin. It’s the guy who didn’t interfere in the American election.

    • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

      More solid than the material he deposits in his private toilet during his 3AM tweetstorms at least…

    • Robbertjan Brandenburg

      Nunes sounds Mexican so prolly some ICE officials in front of the house of some family members.

  • The KGB Ate Our Votes

    Is the name Devin a combination of Dumb and Kevin? It would be irresponsible not to speculate.

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    Nunes reminds me of the most fanatical Waffen SS soldiers giving their life for the Fuhrer in his bunker who took his and Eva’s life after they gave their life in a unwinnable situation. Except of course that whatever you think of those Waffen SS boys they were really good at their craft.

    • Jesse

      He’s a Jonestown believer with a cup of grape cyan-aid in his hand.

      He. Just. Can’t. Help. Himself…

    • Debbie the Unpaid Protester

      fanatical or just dumbass?

  • Vincent Ricola

    Seems like a certain treasonous administration is panicking about what that showboating James Comey might passionately testify in public about in an effort to save his reputation.

    I’ll bet if they yell “wire tapps” and “Obama” and “crooked Hillary” a whole bunch, we won’t pay attention to the Vlad behind the curtain.

  • Michael R
    • Joe Beese

      Betty White has been around a long fucking time.

      • MizzMazz

        And may she continue to be with us forever.

        • DainBramage

          I’ll drink to that.

      • Antonin Dvorak

        She has been on Radio/TV for 68 years; which gives her the longest show biz career in American History, iirc.

        • Indivisible Snark Tank

          Only if you don’t include George Burns’ vaudeville career, I think. He got started at like 7, and worked right up to his death at 100.

          • Antonin Dvorak

            Fair point.

        • Joe Beese

          If we include vaudeville, George Burns was a working entertainer for 73 years.

      • Debbie the Unpaid Protester

        She was adorable then, and continues to be adorable!

    • Once&futureFred

      Betty White Libelz!

    • SeeTrain65

      “The password is … ‘treason.'”

      (Second time a three days I’ve done a Password joke. My stuff’s getting stale.)

  • Joe Beese

    A pair of Democratic senators asked then-FBI Director James Comey to investigate Attorney General Jeff Sessions, amid concerns that he may have had an additional meeting with the Russian ambassador the US, Sergey Kislyak, according to letters obtained by CNN Thursday.

    Sens. Patrick Leahy and Al Franken — Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee — sent the requests to Comey and, later, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe in three letters dated March 20, April 28 and May 12.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/01/politics/sessions-russian-ambassador-letter/index.html?adkey=bn

    • Meccalopolis

      And sessions was in on the firing (in spite of his prior recusal)

  • Zonath

    It’s as if Mr. Nuñes thinks that keeping foreign influence and literal foreign agents from infiltrating the US Government shouldn’t be a priority of the intelligence community.

    • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

      It should only be a priority if the government in question is a led by a Democrat. Otherwise…”nothing to see here!”

    • TJ Barke

      Not when they’re helping republicans, no.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    I actually agree with Trump. Unmasking and surveillance is the bigly story. Specifically, why were Trump’s associates engaging with Russians in such a way that US intelligence agencies took the extraordinary step of unmasking these dipshits?

    • ariel_gee_398

      I know the collective intelligence levels here are not all that high, but…they do realize that the only reason any of them were surveilled in the first place is cause they were making secret phone calls to shady Russians, right?

      • Duke

        How are you gonna get metric shittons of Russian petrodollars otherwise?

        Libtards!

        • ariel_gee_398

          I dunno, use Signal or something to make your shady calls?

    • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

      If they weren’t talking to the bastards, there would be nothing to unmask. Don’t Rethugs lurve to remind people complaining about police overreach that if they had nothing to hide they wouldn’t have to worry about illegal police searches?

      • Opalescent Riddles

        It’s exactly like that.

      • chazmanr

        Funny how the FBI can’t really ignore other crimes uncovered in the course of a completely unrelated investigation. I actually think what will bring down the Trump administration is money laundering and illegal business practices by pretty much everyone in the administration as opposed to evidence of a tit-for-tat arrangement with Russia to remove sanctions.

        • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

          I suspect that much of the campaign stuff is (relatively) minor. It’s his financial kompromat he’s in such a lather to keep hidden, and is also why he refuses to release his taxes or do a financial disclosure.

  • anwisok
    • snark-lurker

      I’d rather have side-boob but that’ll work.

      • The KGB Ate Our Votes
        • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

          Santa really hits the bottle in his off-months, I see.

        • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

          You, sir or madam, have a mean streak a mile wide…

          • The KGB Ate Our Votes

            Side boob in Trump’s America. Don’t blame the messenger. :)

        • snark-lurker

          Santa checking his list for next xmas and he just unfriended you

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      you really need to be given a medal, “The Royal Order of the Wonkette and Squee Picks”.

      THank you for your service.

  • TJ Barke

    Know why the Russians helped the Republicans? Because they knew republicans would do the most damage to America…

    • snark-lurker

      allso too 100% of the R’s are 100% corruptible ergo QED

  • Opalescent Riddles

    Yes, duhnald, that’s a big story. But the Trump-Russia story is still much biglier.

  • Elvis Causticfellow
  • Bigby

    This is all strictly for wingnut consumption. They will hear over and over and over and over and over that Obummer (and his kneeegrow incompetent traitor Susan Rice) “unmasked”, only Republicans, and that “unmasked” = “burned, like, sent a US Patriot American to, like, their DEATH by unmasking, unveiling, unlocking, and uncorking a true Great American Hero Sekret Agent Republican American Hero, that Kenyan Muslim TRAITOR!!!! Eleventy!!!!”.

    P.S. this is totally not like the Chimp administration burning Valerie Plame as revenge against her husband. To the wingnut hivemind, everything they do to fuck “libtards” is “fair game” (kinda like Scientologists, whom they resemble).

    Fuck these stupid, shameless, fucking fucks.

    • Edith Prickly

      I was going to say Scientologist libellzz, but fuck those guys. They are they fucking worst.

      • Elvis Causticfellow

        Republicans vs. Scientologists vs. Putin = a real three-way tie for last.

        • Ferroequinologist Ron

          Tonight on PPV!

        • The sets overlap. Scienos were massively for Trump in the election. Trump’s politics are very close to those espoused by L. Ron Hubbard.

    • I think there is a really simple reason that only republicans were unmasked.

  • Jim Gormley

    ‘fuckwhistle’? Thanks, Evan. I have added this term to my vocabulary!

  • SweetDeeKat

    As Evan has so cogently pointed out, if you start fishing when you don’t know what you’re doing, you find things that bite you and your buddies in the ass. Can’t cram the worms back in the can. This is so enjoyable.

  • Ryan Denniston

    Did this happen before or after his excellent adventure to the White House? How many rakes can this guy step on and keep standing?

  • Vincent Ricola

    I’m sure Devin had a very good treason to focus on the unmasking instead of Russian interference.

  • rosenbomb

    The most depressing thing is wingnuts don’t even know/care how intelligence gathering or unmasking works. They’re happy as long as they can swill Natty Light and blame Obama for everything.

  • Electric Ukulele Land

    I realize the game is to only churn up froth that sustains Fox and other right wing media without ever divulging the actual details (it’s classified after all), but it would be poetic justice if it was the Nunes subpoenas that was the tug at the thread that ended up unraveling the whole shebang because of what they end up revealing — that the unmasked names end up getting revealed because of the subpoenas when they might have otherwise remained buried. This would be in keeping with previous Nunes related shenanigans.

  • Michael R
  • The KGB Ate Our Votes

    “The big story is the unmasking and surveillance that took place during the Obama administration”
    .
    Only in your and Hannity’s world. BTW, I heard Hannity yesterday talking with a woman running a website set up to attack the sponsors of Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Lawrence O’Donnell, Don Lemon, Jake Tapper, ABC, CNN, NBC. I wish them bigly luck with protesting every news outlet and personality that is not Sean Hannity. Their success is guaranteed, I’m sure.

    • Suttree

      I’m sure that their boycotting will amount to going to Starbucks and buying coffee, just so those libs will have to write Turnip on the cup. Maybe next they will go buy electric cars and turn them into diesels so that they can roll coal.

    • Internet Hitler

      To Support Sean Hannity I am boycotting Captain Kangaroo.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      You can see where Colbert and Maddow would be pretty darn scared, though, given the overlap in their audiences.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0c2393b8e72b000a1e65daecfa6f5b635ed7065ca1c4f9591398a4121b90f79b.png

    • Buzz1313

      Boycotts work best when the host of a show is a repugnant asshole like Sean Hannity. Someone needs to tell him that.

      • The KGB Ate Our Votes

        LOL! Wish I could tell him that.

  • Trump is correct in that the big story is the surveillance on members of his transition team. What he seems to be missing is that the surveillance was necessary because his transition team was doing stuff they should not have been doing. Secret stuff. Illegal stuff. Treasony stuff. You can’t be mad at the people who caught you, when you did the crime in the first place.

    • Suttree

      So long as he ignores his lawyer’s advice and keeps twitting about it. I approve.

    • Ferroequinologist Ron

      Donnie will never shrug and say, ‘It’s a fair cop.’

    • Stulexington

      Ha! White trash always blame the people who reported them, the arresting officer and the person who refused to stay under the bus for having to face the consequences of their actions.

      • Sorry, but I really disagree with your white trash comment. After teaching for many years in several environments (and being a kid myself), my observations don’t support that idea. It is about maturity. Immature people of all races, and especially kids who are punished harshly (which IMHO contributes to the immaturity) tend to be the ones who attack the people who report their bad behavior. It has nothing to do with race, or even economics, just the ability to accept responsibility and move on.
        It may happen that many white trashy people fit into this mold, but it is correlation, not causation.

        • Stulexington

          Oh don’t apologize, in retrospect it was a stupid statement to make and I apologize.

  • Suttree

    More deflection for another day of 24 hour news coverage and pundits making some money. They are just trying to push back the date that Turnip is either impeached or resigns. This is my shocked face again. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c47559c1777e1b589e209a5549985fe8374c609f8af2472e25a544b47f997d3f.jpg

    • Vincent Ricola

      But… but… Hillary’s interview and that Tiger Woods DUI dashcam tho. Andrea Mitchell and John King need to address these things before moving on to the Russia cuvfefe!1!!

      • Suttree

        Yeah fuck it. I have already started drinking. I don’t have any doctor’s appointments today.

        • JohnBull

          Like that ever stopped me.

          • Suttree

            I am attempting to instill a false sense of trust for these new doctors at the moment. Pardon me!

          • Erala Contratista

            Or possibly distilling a sense of trust……

          • Suttree

            Gimme some fuckin drugs or I will curl up in a ball in your waiting room and cry! Or maybe weep silently in the corner and ask the other patients how long do they have to live. Either or.

  • Jennifer R
    • Bobathonic

      I thin they mean “more perjury than already known”.

      • Jennifer R

        If Sessions knew he was being investigated, then they can add obstruction to the list too.

        • ZangoCrudmonger

          If Hilz had won, and there were even a sniff of corruption, unlike the goddamned hurricane we are in now, the caterwauling from the right would be deafening. I’m happy the GOP is pissing on the intelligence community, it may be our only hope. Hey, Nunes, go whack that hornets’ nest over there, it’ll be good for ya~

    • Do I hear strains of Obstruction of Justice in the background? Yes, I think I do.

    • Suttree

      So how fucking long did that take?! Since we knew it from day 1?

    • Thiazin Red

      Whether he did? How is that a question? We all know for a fact that he did.

    • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

      Back to the hollow tree with you, you racist fuckin’ elf!

    • Edith Prickly

      Someone is going to get perp-walked right out of that Keebler Elf tree.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        saw off the branch behind him…

    • chicken thief

      I’m a little corn-fused here. Wasn’t Comey already investigating the Trump Team for unreported contacts with the Rooskies? Which would include Elmer Fudd Jeff Sessions, right?

      • Jennifer R

        Maybe it was a specific look at the evil elf request?

    • Oh please please please please.

      If i were a witch i would be damning this one the most.

      I’ll do and I’ll do and I’ll do…

  • OddMan

    OT, I can’t help it.

    From this AM WaPo 202:
    “All day [Wednesday], senior administration officials cautioned that Trump had not yet made a final decision on the climate pact — and the president himself seemed eager to maintain the suspense. ‘You’re going to find out very soon,’ Trump told reporters …

    I never thought I would say this but I hope the last person he talks to before he FINALLY makes this decision is former head of Exxonmobil Rex Tillerson.
    Jesus what kind of bizarro world are we in?

    • Thiazin Red

      The fact that they’re still trying to run things like its his stupid show is the worst. Make sure to watch the surprise reveal this week.

  • Thiazin Red

    What unlucky asshole has the job of tweeting for him now? Its really obvious that it isn’t Trump doing the recent tweets.

    • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

      Yeah the correctly spelled words area dead giveaway.

    • Randy Riddle

      I’m not sure. Who’s Putin’s press secretary these days?

      • Mehmeisterjr

        Шавн Списр

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        Vladimir Covfefe.

  • canes_pugnaces

    The ‘Grand Old Party’ has now, without qualification, become the Party of Trump (POT), or similar. They should be referred to as such at all times.

    • Weird Fishes

      So they’re really the Politicians of POT? Gee whiz, how about if we make it less of a mouthful.
      Pol POT – that has a nice ring, doesn’t it?

      • Ferroequinologist Ron

        How deliciously apropos.

    • DainBramage

      Party of Trump. Party of Traitors. Same thing.

  • Oblios_Cap
    • zerosumgame0005

      that the poorz need to be punished more for being poorz of course!

  • DainBramage

    Nunes had to be told that unmasking is not getting a woman to show her face.
    http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTAwWDM3MA==/z/QREAAOxyYSdS-zN6/$_35.JPG

  • Lily

    This article is everything. Bravo.

  • La forza del resistino

    If you have Kislyak on speed dial and your name isn’t Zorro or the Lone Ranger, expect to be unmasked.

  • BadKitty904

    Let’s make sure it’s the last thing he does, America!

  • Les Appentis De la résistance

    Trump’s right. Its a huge deal that so many Trump associates were picked up in communications with Russian officials.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      The surprise twist will be that Hillary Benghazi’d all over Russia.

  • cheetojeebus

    in honor of RC Cola’s recent epic tweet.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV6EaqS1F2I

    • zerosumgame0005

      oh, used to really enjoy the peas, that would either come out all mushy and nasty or hard as rocks :)

      • Bitter Scribe

        And get into every other part of the food.

        • Ferroequinologist Ron

          Frozen-dinner peas are a child’s first experience with Brownian motion.

        • SeeTrain65

          And you haven’t lived if you’ve never tasted the salisbury steak brownie.

      • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

        And the mash potatoes that came out like wallpaper paste?

        • zerosumgame0005

          for a 6-7 year old in front of the TV (B&W of course) watching the Flintstones, delightful!

          • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

            When TV trays were an integral part of the living room furniture.
            “Why, Ethel, your new TV trays are just lovely! They match the upholstery and the wallpaper so well! But, uh oh! There’s a piece of wallpaper peeling at this seem. Here. Pass me some of those mashed potatoes.”

          • I love the cover photos on current microwave dinners, with the words “Serving Suggestion” in the corner. Who the hell takes the stuff out of the tray and puts it on a plate to eat? “Honey, we really need to impress our guests. Put the microwaved ‘meat’ slabs on the *good* china!”

          • Erala Contratista

            Also fish sticks and pot pies, too.

    • Bitter Scribe

      I made it to the “Beef Twinkies Cattle Flavored Snack Cakes” and couldn’t go any farther.

      • cheetojeebus

        Why do you hate ‘Merica?

      • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

        I’m having swine flavored pork chops for dinner.

        • Bitter Scribe

          I prefer the hog-flavored kind myself.

    • Jukesgrrl

      In case there’s still someone out their who doesn’t know … FOX News’ Tucker Carlson (full name: Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson) is the scion of the Swanson fortune. It was OK for you and me to eat that stuff, but I don’t think little Tuck was being fed that by his nanny.

  • Jgb979

    California:

    You’re on notice

    Kathy griffin this shitweasel (with the sharp end of votes of course)

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    The Conservative Mind Has become Diseased, written by noted liberal Michael Gerson, GWB’s former speechwriter:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-conservative-mind-has-become-diseased/2017/05/25/523f0964-4159-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html?utm_term=.97fc641860ec

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      While it’s nice to see some of them finally admit that their party has gone off the deep end, they still can’t admit tbeir roles in the debacle. The establishment old guard still wants to pretend that this is a relatively recent phenomena and lay the blame on Donnie. But this mess is the result of decades of decisions made by the very people now complaining

      • SisterArtemis

        I agree, and yet … humans being humans, I guess. It’s hard to see, let alone admit, one’s complicity. Some of them will get there, though. Better some than none, and better later than never.

        • C4TWOMAN

          It’s a fact we all have biases. The best we can do is adopt a lifestyle that involves being as honest with ourselves as possible to prevent the worst of these blind spots.
          It’s not having the blind spots that’s the problem, but the wilful ignorance or worse, out right denial when the evidence is presented and ignoring it will hurt people in the real world.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          So far though, they all seem to creep right up to the line where they would have to take some responsibility and stop.

          • Celtic_Gnome

            I threw up in my mouth a little when he bemoaned this new conservatism’s now inability to fight the media’s liberal bias.

    • Largo161

      Gerson writes: “[Trump] is shaping conservatism in his image and ensuring an eventual defeat more complete, and an eventual exile more prolonged, than Democrats could have dreamed.” While I typically roll my eyes at the likelihood of any prediction a conservative makes, please…let this be true!

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        I find that easy to masturbate to.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        I’m pretty sure Trump is going to permanently damage the GOP. Fingers crossed!!!!!

    • SeeTrain65

      Someone on their side finally believes Charlie Pierce’s “prion disease from monkeybrains” theory.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        That was the first thing I thought of when I read it!

  • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

    If it’s the last thing he does? Works for me.

  • Once again, this was already explained.
    And since the people involved were never masked to begin with, and therefore never unmasked, Nunes gots nothin

  • Internet Hitler
    • Jukesgrrl

      It’s about time. Photos of this meeting were posted online MONTHS ago by concerned people who wondered what the known-spy “ambassador” from Russia was doing at an event that were supposed to be for Trump minions. Finally some official people seem to be interested in something that interested many others for a long time.

  • chicken thief

    I’m telling you folks, it’s a game of international espionage three dimensional chess, and there Devin is, sitting in the corner playing with his toes.

    • HogeyeGrex

      That’s… not a toe.

      • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

        Easy mistake to make.
        His penis has a toenail on it.

        • Regret

          Naturally?
          Or is it someone else’s toenail?

  • Buzz1313

    Why don’t Trump’s people hack his Twitter account and change the security settings?! How do they continue letting him post these idiotic messages?

    • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

      Why? His idiotic tweets are the best distraction.

      • ImdaPrincesse ™/MsWonderFall

        No shit. I’m on his feed instantly to harass him

        • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

          They need to change the Twitter logo from a bird to a squirrel.

    • ImdaPrincesse ™/MsWonderFall

      I’m enjoying the melt down

    • kaydenpat

      Trump’s people are yes men so I doubt they’re in a position to stop him from doing anything he wants.

  • Zyxomma

    Devin Nunes: proof that the Republican brain don’t work all that well.

    • kaydenpat

      One of many proofs. Too many to name.

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    soooo, I have a question. Unless I’m wrong, and I probably am, the argument here seems to…actually I’m not sure…that Obama officials knew that trump people were caught up in these investigations, but to really stick it to team trump, they did an “unmasking”?
    I mean, along with the caveats mentioned above, that would mean Nunes is going to be dragging into public view lots of documents and things we still don’t know about in regards to trump minions – thereby only making hte problem worse.

    OR, it means Obama IC people were doing their damn jobs.

    Yeah, I forsee dickstepping in Nunes future as well.

    • AJ Milne

      I claim no particular expertise, but it really doth have the look of ill-considered, to me, too. A lot more can go wrong than right (for those looking for distractions) with a move like this…

      There’s a certain… karma in it, y’ask me. This is what happens when you been lying so long you forget what’s real. And when you forget or disregard the first rule of holes.

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        aye indeed.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Shorter reply: That could have gone better.

  • Shitweasel and fuckwhistle together (in this article) at last!

    https://cdn.meme.am/cache/instances/folder802/66218802.jpg

  • Ferroequinologist Ron

    Does Devin know that every time he does this, another set of FBI/NSA/CIA surveyors’ marks appears on his back?

  • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

    Devon Nunes is going to get charged with Premeditated Genital Trodding in the first degree.

    Punishment involves doing it again, publicly, over and over, but with speed skates on.

    • Dinz6315

      Ouch. I had a visceral reaction to that, and I don’t even have a penis.

  • whitroth

    Oh, please, please let them testify! I’ve been waiting and waiting for that. Here, let me give all of their testimony for them: “I requested the names be unmasked because I was DOING MY JOB, and saw evidence of national security breaches, and needed to know who was breaching NATIONAL SECURITY, and what might have been revealed. You know, just like you thought were in Hillary’s emails?”

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      eggzactly.

    • kaydenpat

      Bingo. This is not rocket science.

  • kaydenpat

    After Nunes pulled that stunt of taking classified info to the White House, how the hell is he still involved in this investigation at all? Democrats really need to stop playing around with his obstructionist behind. He needs to be off the investigating committee like yesterday.

    • Democrats are not in charge. They do not get to select who is on or off committees.

  • norcalOG

    RE: Nunes. There’s a possible future with (1) the Trump organization with headquarters globally or (2) trekking the Fresno-Tulare-Bakersfield corridor for the next few decades bragging about all the good stuff you did in Congress. Even he ain’t that dumb.

  • phoenix00

    More Scooby Doo?! Whee!

  • anon_the_great

    It seems the definition of recusal is slippery for Sessions and Nunes

  • Mike Steele

    TYVM.Evan. It’s so damned simple. US keeps track of Russians. If they are chatting w/locals, IC hears that thing that makes them go hmm…hence,’unmasking’ of Americans who are selling out our country to our rivals. Why is this so difficult for Faux Newz viewers to understand?

    • SeeTrain65

      This is differential calculus to them. They’re still having trouble with gravity and magnets.

      • H0mer0

        and you know that “science is deniable” and stuff…

  • Tj McGee Wright

    Ooh the Big Boy News Story! How exciting! Someone order two scoops on the double. Salted Caramel with chunks of Bullshit please.

  • MB

    Nunes needs to go. He’s a brainless, clueless, confused, troubled dude.

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