From McClatchy DC Bureau and written by Michael Doyle —
After President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, Rep. Devin Nunes was the only one of the top four members of a congressional intelligence committee not to issue a statement.
The California Republican’s last Twitter comment on any topic was posted in mid-March. He’s been absent from national TV. Once the public face of intelligence policy in the House of Representatives, Nunes has seemingly all but disappeared on the hottest topic of the day.
His very important responsibilities, though, remain.
Notably, the House on May 3 passed crucial intelligence legislation painstakingly written by the secretive committee Nunes still leads.
Gone for the moment were questions about an ethics inquiry that’s sidelined Nunes from his committee’s most pressing challenge, a politically delicate probe of alleged Russian interference with the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Back, for the time being, was the bipartisan accord the Intelligence Committee cultivates in both its public legislating and closed-door oversight sessions.