Republicans are taking the idea of operating inside a fact-free bubble to new heights.
Like Donald Trump, House Republicans serving on Rep. Devin Nunes’ Intelligence Committee want to build a wall. But instead of building a barrier along the border between the U.S. and Mexico, these Republicans want to construct one inside the committee’s congressional office in order to make sure Republicans no longer have to interact with Democrats.
The unprecedented, paranoid push comes as Nunes has taken a torch of any semblance of bipartisanship that the committee traditionally enjoyed.
For decades, members from both parties as best they could put aside their partisan difference since the committee’s topic of intelligence is such an important and sensitive one with regards to national security.
Instead, Nunes’ committee today has become a hotbed for radical conspiracies as Republicans there appear to spend most of their time constructing ways to protect Trump from mounting political and legal woes.
And that’s when Republicans on the committee aren’t smearing the FBI and blatantly trying to undercut the work of special counsel Robert Mueller by accusing law enforcement of bias and trying to derail the GOP president.
And now Republicans want to seal off committee Democrats.
“In a sign of increasing partisan hostilities, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee plan to construct a wall a physical partition separating Republican and Democratic staff members in the committee’s secure spaces, according to multiple committee sources,” CBS News reports. “It’s expected to happen this spring.”
Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) conceded to the CBS that the committee’s two parties are barely speaking at this point. “It’s absolute poison down there,” he said.
In fact, Rooney said the “entire Republican staff,” including “the woman up front that answers the phone” is being investigated for alleged leaks, a move that would likely be ordered by committee’s Republican chairman.
Democrats openly oppose any plans for an office wall.
“We have heard reports that the chairman may seek to erect a ‘wall’ to divide the staff of the intelligence committee on a partisan basis this would be a terrible mistake,” the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).
The Intelligence Committee has been thrust into the headlines this year with the GOP’s decision to produce, market, and then release a supposed blockbuster intelligence memo that some Republicans promised would be “bigger than Watergate” in terms of the scandalous revelations it would include.
More recently, an unhinged Nunes was fanaticizing on right-wing radio about whether he can make John Roberts, chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, testify to Congress about the concocted fantasies Nunes has been pushing for months about a vast anti-Trump conspiracy within the FBI.
Nunes’s House Intelligence Committee has been gutted. And now he wants to build a wall around it.