Several dozen people in Fresno on Saturday called for Rep. Devin Nunes to step down as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
The protest was organized overnight in response to Friday’s release of a memo written by the Tulare Republican alleging anti-Trump bias by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice in an investigation of the Trump presidential campaign over concerns of Russian interference in the 2016 elections. President Donald Trump supported releasing the memo.
With Nunes in the national spotlight, Fresno residents in his district who protested against the release of the Nunes memo say he is focusing on issues other than those that are important to residents of Congressional District 22.
“We are very unhappy with Congressman Nunes’ actions,” said Tessa Wells, a community organizer from Fresno. She also said the Nunes memo is an attempt to make the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller look “not worthwhile,” and that Republicans engaged in “cherry-picking” information to include in the memo. “This is reckless and wrong,” she added.
Several people held up signs at the corner of Shaw and Blackstone avenues – in the far northwest corner of Nunes’ sprawling Valley district – stating “Nunes must go.” Nancy Gilmore, a Clovis activist, came out to show her support for Andrew Janz, a prosecutor in the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office who is running against Nunes as a Democrat in this year’s election. Janz made a brief appearance at Saturday’s protest.
“If you look at Devin Nunes’ record, he hasn’t done a thing for this community,” Gilmore said. “He votes in opposition to the needs of this community.”
Calls from The Bee seeking comment from Nunes were not answered by deadline Saturday.