Victor Davis Hanson would have us believe that Rep. Devin Nunes is like the virtuous character in the classic film “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”
Mr. Hanson defends Nunes’ preoccupation with “unmasking” as a heroic effort to alert Americans of possible surveillance breaches by the Obama administration. The truth, however, is that unmasking is a necessary national security obligation. Occasionally, the identities of Americans in contact with foreign agents, especially those of a hostile nation, are unmasked to ensure national security.
Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has been criticized for his dramatic rush to the White House to brief the president on information he received from the White House. Nunes’ actions are now under investigation by the Ethics Committee.
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Ironically, weeks after Nunes’ breathless alarm over unmasking, we learn from The Washington Post that Nunes’ committee had made five or six similar unmasking requests between June 2016 and January 2017. His signature would have been required.
Meanwhile, on the Russians’ interference with our elections, the fox is still touring the hen house unmolested through an open gate while Nunes is squawking about the lighting around the chicken coop.
Mike Reddin, Fresno