The Trump–Russia story is full of deceptions, misstatements, evasions and outright lies. It’s a story where Trump himself spent years touting his “personal relationship” with Vladimir Putin, then denied it ever existed. Where Paul Manafort took in tens of millions to advance the Russian agenda, then said he never worked for them. Where multiple players in the Trump regime spent months cheering for leaks to spread the actions of a foreign government, then declared that their major concern is … leakers.

But nothing seems to encapsulate the sheer insanity of the moment like the conflict over House intelligence committee chair Devin Nunes. Nunes’ actions are so blatantly evasive, so in-your-face deceptive, so loaded with conflict of interest that even the most Russia-weary are shaken.  

After days of chaos, one thing seems blindingly clear: Devin Nunes worked directly with the Trump White House to one end, to halt the progress of the House investigation.

Tom LoBianco, Sara Murray and Manu Raju at CNN:

The Trump administration is refusing to provide details Tuesday to who signed House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes into offices on White House grounds, as the House investigation into Russia’s interference in the US elections is stalled, the victim of a partisan showdown.

Ryan Lizza at New Yorker

The evidence is now clear that the White House and Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, have worked together to halt what was previously billed as a sweeping investigation of Russian interference in last year’s election. “We’ve been frozen,” Jim Himes, a Democratic representative from Connecticut who is a member of the Committee, said.

Trump’s team has determined that the only way to win this fight, is to never have this fight.

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