Letter to the Editor: Valley newspapers owe Congressman Nunes an apology

To the Editor,

Our congressman, Devin Nunes, deserves an apology. He has been under unjustified and continuous assault by the major news media since January 2018, when he released his four-page letter detailing failures and bias inside the leadership of the FBI as they investigated possible Russian interference in our 2016 presidential election. He was then chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

The recently released report from Justice Department Inspector General, Mr. Horowitz, confirmed that Mr. Nunes had the story exactly right two years ago. Horowitz revealed the FBI did in fact commit 17 errors or omissions during their investigation.

Many key leaders in the FBI and the Justice Department have now either resigned or were fired as the truth emerged. The major news media who unfairly attacked Mr. Nunes have also paid a heavy price.

Fortunately, The Sun-Gazette focuses on excellent coverage of local news and did not engage in the political mud-slinging we have seen in the Visalia Times-Delta and Fresno Bee. Those newspapers lost thousands of subscribers for insulting Mr. Nunes and his supporters as the number of copies they print has dropped by 24% to 48% in just the last two years.

Taxpayers spent over $30 million for special counsel Mueller’s separate investigation that failed to find evidence of collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. As Mr. Nunes reported in 2018, the FBI used a report called the “Steele Dossier” to persuade the court to allow them to obtain a warrant to begin surveillance of Carter Page, an American citizen and unpaid campaign volunteer. In item 12 of his report, Horowitz noted the FBI failed to tell the court that the fraudulent dossier was funded “… by someone associated with the Democratic Party and/or the DNC.”

Thanks to his courage to press forward for the truth while he was under withering attack by Democrats and the news media, we now know the true story. Mr. Nunes effectively impeached the major newspapers and Inspector Horowitz convicted them. Their editors owe an apology to Congressman Nunes and his supporters.

Congressman Nunes will be a key figure as historians examine this sad era. He has become an important figure on the national stage. A local boy, he graduated from Tulare Union High School which has produced at least two other truly historic national leaders including Bob Mathias, a legendary Olympic champion and congressman as well as Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, the youngest ever Chief of Naval Operations. Well Done Tulare Union High School!

Jerrold Jensen

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