‘House of Cards’ Creator Beau Willimon Breaks Down ‘Why Nunes Must Recuse’

“@DevinNunes was part of Trump’s transition team. That alone is disqualifies him from heading any investigation,” showrunner begins tweetstorm

“House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon went on a tweetstorm Thursday to lay out why he believes Rep. Devin Nunes should recuse himself from investigations into Donald Trump.

Nunes serves as the chairman of the House intelligence committee, and caught criticism from many corners Wednesday for appearing to favor President Trump — whose transition team is part of Nunes’ investigation — rather than fellow Congressional investigators. Nunes shared what he said were new findings about the investigation with the press — and then with the White House — without first speaking with the top Democrat on his committee, Rep. Adam Schiff.

As Willimon put it: “If you are the head of an investigation you do not brief the person who is the subject of that investigation. … That’s the equivalent of a detective briefing a robbery suspect regarding the progress of police work.”

Nunes apologized for his handling of the situation, but to many, including Willimon, it was not enough.

“‘I’m sorry’ doesn’t cut it, @DevinNunes,” the “House of Cards” EP tweeted. “‘I recuse myself’ is the only option. #WhatAreYouHiding? #NunesMustRecuse”

And what did Nunes disclose, exactly? As The Hill explains, he announced that he had seen evidence that U.S. intelligence had come across information on members of President Trump’s transition team while conducting routine surveillance of foreign targets.

Trump — who famously claimed, without offering any evidence, that President Obama wiretapped his Trump Tower office — said he felt “somewhat” vindicated by Nunes’ statement about the surveillance. (Of course, Nunes’ statement Wednesday didn’t refer to Trump Tower, and he and FBI Director James Comey have said there’s no evidence such surveillance occurred. But in fairness, Trump only said he felt “somewhat” vindicated, not vindicated.)

Willimon is an outspoken critic of the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress, and recently called for Twitter to ban @RealDonaldTrump.

Willimon went on to tweet over a dozen reasons why #NunesMustRecuse. Here they are:

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