Anyone watching the public impeachment hearings in the House Intelligence Committee these past couple of weeks couldn't miss the ramblings of Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) in defense of President Donald Trump.
Nunes's constant spreading of conspiracy theories, his obsession with Trump's nude photos, and attempts to discredit Democrats on the committee made #DevinNunesIsAnIdiot trend on Twitter for two days straight.
But Nunes's vociferousness in defending Trump is starting to make sense, with new reporting indicating he's been a part of the scheme the whole time.
Ukrainian-born American businessman and Giuliani associate Lev Parnas is willing to testify that he acted as liaison to Nunes, connecting the congressman with Ukrainian prosecutors to dig up dirt on potential 2020 Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Now, some expense reports filed with the Office of the Clerk for the House of Representatives are backing up Parnas's statements.
The reports indicate that Nunes took a trip to Europe from November 30 to December 3. Nunes claimed four commercial airfare expenses for himself and three aides at $14,201.43 a pop—or just under $57,000. The reports give further credence to Parnas's claims that he met with Nunes in Vienna between November and December of last year.
Just want to point out that Devin Nunes spent nearly $57,000 of taxpayer money for the flight(s) he took with his 3… https://t.co/NyKbZ1sNes— Avi Bueno (@Avi Bueno) 1574563202.0
In addition to the commercial airfare paid by taxpayers, the men were given a $5,400 per diem and $1,200 for other purpose costs.
That doesn't include the $5,400 per diem (which includes lodging) and the $1,200 "other purpose" costs. THEY WERE… https://t.co/RfozudCuFJ— Avi Bueno (@Avi Bueno) 1574563580.0
One of Nunes's chief complaints during the "impeachment circus," as he called it, was that the constitutionally enshrined oversight was funded by taxpayers. But these documents show just how much respect he has for the taxpayer's money.
The evidence doesn't look good for Nunes, and people are calling for the House Ethics Committee to investigate.
🚨Nunes and his three aides spent $63,000 taxpayer dollars on a four-day trip to Europe as part of an ill-defined in… https://t.co/cA2O7CwISa— Susan Hennessey (@Susan Hennessey) 1574300488.0
It looks like @RepDevinNunes used taxpayer funds for foreign travel in order to dig up dirt on a leading Democratic… https://t.co/GTNLY8JpT7— Barbara Boxer (@Barbara Boxer) 1574612295.0
If Devin Nunes was using taxpayer money to do “political errands” in Vienna for his puppeteer, Donald Trump, an eth… https://t.co/DHLVC7pFry— Jackie Speier (@Jackie Speier) 1574539833.0
This is enough to vote Devin Nunes out of office. $57,000 in taxpayer money on non-government business https://t.co/BTmhH71iEW— Cheersmom (@Cheersmom) 1574634620.0
People used the revelations to call out Nunes's hypocrisy.
Devin Nunes saying Democrats "got caught" over and over when it is really he that got caught spending taxpayer mone… https://t.co/K3jzDZ0DQs— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool) 1574346516.0
@Avi_Bueno @DevinCow @DevinNunes @AdamParkhomenko Yesterday trump said on FOX that he's saving taxpayers a lot of m… https://t.co/O8Nb7v8v38— TruBlue🇱🇷ℹ (@TruBlue🇱🇷ℹ) 1574566354.0
Just think about the layers of hypocrisy by Nunes, who spent days dismissing accusations by Democrats that he not o… https://t.co/ZWXQ4qag2q— Michael Cohen (@Michael Cohen) 1574529186.0
Nunes has issued a non-denial denial of the original CNN report in which he appeared to threaten a lawsuit against the network for publishing the words from Lev Parnas's lawyer. The lawyer also said his client has texts and other correspondence to back his accusations up.