Faced with years of politicized intelligence attacks on former President Donald Trump, Representative Devin Nunes of California invited the Biden administration intelligence chiefs at Thursday's global hearing on the threats.
"I hope you plan on spending a reasonable amount of time in upcoming years on activities other than investigating conservatives and spying on Republican presidential campaigns," Nunes, Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, said in his pointed opening statement.
Nunes opened with a rebuke from Chairman Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, who wrote a politicized press release announcing Thursday's session, firing shots at former President Donald Trump, the man who twice failed to get removed after impeachments.
"Over the last four years, the Trump administration discarded the tradition of open hearings on World Wide Threats, when it displeased the former president to have his preferred views of rival nations contradicted by agency heads," Schiff's statement read.
Nunes noted in his opening statement that even this announcement was an attempt to militarize the intelligence community politically because Trump had refused public hearings due to the militarization of the intelligence information against him.
"The increasing politicization of this apparatus risks becoming a threat to our national security in and of itself," Nunes concluded in his opening statement.
April 15, 2021