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Financial Disclosure Forms Show Devin Nunes Spent $57,000 of Taxpayer Money on Trip to Europe to Dig Up Dirt on Biden

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19: Ranking member Devin Nunes (R-CA) listens to Ambassador Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine, and Tim Morrison, a former official at the National Security Council, as they testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill November 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony during the third day of open hearings in the impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump, whom House Democrats say held back U.S. military aid for Ukraine while demanding it investigate his political rivals. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin - Pool/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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.

People used the revelations to call out Nunes's hypocrisy.

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.