Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA), as Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee overseeing impeachment, was one of the most vocal critics of the public impeachment hearings overseen by the committee last month.
It turns out Nunes may not have been doing so completely out of party loyalty, but because he was in contact with Ukrainian-born Giuliani associates in an effort to pressure Ukrainian leaders to investigate President Donald Trump's political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
A 300 page report released by the House Intelligence Committee on its findings. Though the public learned most of the information in the report from the hearings as they happened, one of the revelations in it was that Nunes was in calls with now-indicted Lev Parnas, with one call lasting as long as eight and a half minutes.
Nunes's expanded involvement presents a huge conflict of interest, considering the congressman's role in the impeachment proceedings for wrongdoings he may well have facilitated.
As a result, reporters won't stop asking for clarification on the calls. Nunes previously said that he believed it was Parnas's wife who called, after claiming not to remember speaking to Parnas.
Intercept reporter Lee Fang still wanted to know more.
Rep. Devin Nunes, at glitzy New York fundraiser, refused questions about his reported contacts with Lev Parnas… https://t.co/TxFvawAK6z— The Intercept (@The Intercept)1575829956.0
Fang asked Nunes at a fundraiser what his calls with Parnas were about, specifically if he was asking for investigations into former Vice President Biden's son, Hunter.
Nunes responded by waving an iPhone in Fang's face as Fang continued to peacefully ask the question.
Nunes—who is currently suing a fake cow—put Fang's picture on Twitter and accused him of stalking.
This guy stalked me in hotel lobby after my appearance on @foxandfriends Saturday AM maybe he was in Vienna with… https://t.co/vpXUVhQobG— Devin Nunes (@Devin Nunes)1575836487.0
Fang tweeted in his defense after Nunes posted his picture.
This was an event with many, many members of the House Republican caucus. Several lawmakers spoke to us as they arr… https://t.co/1i7GegmCak— Lee Fang (@Lee Fang)1575847112.0
Shortly after this brief interaction with Nunes, he had a Capitol Police officer stationed at the event ask hotel s… https://t.co/77U5JTNZDw— Lee Fang (@Lee Fang)1575847341.0
People overwhelmingly sided with Fang.
@DevinNunes @foxandfriends @CNN Stalked you? It’s called journalism and asking direct questions.— Devin Nunes Cow’s BFF (@Devin Nunes Cow’s BFF)1575839129.0
@DevinNunes oOOooooOoOooooo no! A reporter who very clearly identified himself as Lee Fang from The Intercept wante… https://t.co/rcKlx1IB7i— Parker Molloy (@Parker Molloy)1575851324.0
@DevinNunes @foxandfriends @CNN He's a reporter. Your constituents might want to know why you refuse to talk to a… https://t.co/oFCPyPXk2X— Cheri Jacobus (@Cheri Jacobus)1575858566.0
@DevinNunes @foxandfriends @CNN You make me sick and I’m glad I left the Republican Party with people like you in it.— David Weissman (@David Weissman)1575853494.0
@DevinNunes @foxandfriends @CNN A reporter trying to interview you is a stalker? We saw the video. We also saw that… https://t.co/3M3WMEhLU9— Kathy (@Kathy)1575891627.0
Not a good look, Devin.