Lusodescendant in centre of American politics


Portuguese descent Republican Representative Devin Nunes is in the centre of American politics involving President Trump and the FBI.

The American House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Devin Nunes, has this week released to the public the so-called “Nunes Memo”, an explosive revelations document that Republicans say proves that elements of the Russia investigation are politically motivated attacks against President Donald Trump.

Representative Devin Nunes, who was awarded Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry by the Portuguese Government in 2013, was born and raised amongst the large percentage Portuguese Community region of the San Jose and San Joaquin in California, where he was a farmer before entering politics.

The four-page memo, put together by the staff of House Intelligence Committee chairman Republican Representative, Devin Nunes, reveals improper use of surveillance by the FBI and the Justice Department in the Russia investigation during the Trump election campaign.

The surveillance warrants and renewals did not mention that the dossier was paid for, at least in part, by the Democratic National Committee and the campaign for Hillary Clinton.

Nunes issued a statement Friday expressing hope that the actions of Intelligence Committee Republicans would “shine a light” on what he called “this alarming series of events”.

“The committee has discovered serious violations of the public trust, and the American people have a right to know when officials in crucial institutions are abusing their authority for political purposes,” Nunes said.

The memo did “raise concerns with the legitimacy and legality of certain Department of Justice and FBI interactions “.

“Our intelligence and law enforcement agencies exist to defend the American people, not to be exploited to target one group on behalf of another.” Nunes added.