As an increasing number of Democratic lawmakers plan their congressional exits, a few Republicans are also confirming that they will not seek re-election next year.
Among the latest to issue such a statement is Rep. Devin Nunes (D-CA), who confirmed that he plans to begin working as the CEO of former President Donald Trump’s new media company.
Details of his new position
According to one source, Nunes “got a job offer that he can’t refuse.”
The California Republican served as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee during the first half of the Trump administration and played a role in exposing details related to the Russian collusion scandal.
He wrote a memo in 2018 revealing that FBI officials used a controversial dossier as the basis for a warrant to spy on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
Trump awarded Nunes the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his efforts to uncover a conspiracy linked to the 2016 presidential campaign. Special counsel John Durham has subsequently launched an investigation that has revealed other details about the origins of the Russian collusion probe.
As CEO of Trump Media and Technology Group, Nunes will oversee the launch of a “non-cancellable” social media network called TRUTH Social. He will take on the role in January and promises to offer “non-woke” entertainment and news.
“We must stop the liberal media”
Trump confirmed the news, calling Nunes “a fighter and a leader” in a statement touting his perceived abilities to serve in the executive position.
“He will make an excellent CEO of TMTG,” the former president added. “Devin understands that we must stop the liberal media and Big Tech from destroying the freedoms that make America great.”
The congressman also issued a public statement expressing his alignment with the media company’s mission.
“The time has come to reopen the Internet and allow for the free flow of ideas and expression without censorship,” Nunes said. “The United States of America made the dream of the Internet a reality and it will be an American company that restores the dream.”
News of his career move comes amid reports of an investigation into the merger between TMTG and another company. Trump dismissed the controversy, stating: “You know, this is just a continuation of the witch hunts. Anything you do they want to look at it.”