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Devin Nunes


Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2003–22, representing California’s 21st Congressional District for the first decade and its 22nd for the second. He resigned from Congress in January 2022 to run the former president’s new social media startup Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), which includes the Truth Social platform. In July 2022 Trump was removed as a TMTG board director just weeks before federal authorities subpoenaed the company.

Nunes’ background is in dairy farming, according to his campaign literature. However, a petition led by an organic farmer in his district called for him to stop describing himself as a farmer on the electoral ballot. The petition argued that his parents had moved the family dairy farm to Iowa and Nunes himself had no apparent farming connection aside from a small investment in a winery. Nunes responded with a lawsuit saying the petition was part of a dark money plot against him.

After the 2020 presidential election, Nunes adhered to the GOP playbook by casting doubt on the legitimacy of the voting process. He objected to certifying the Electoral College results and voted against both impeaching Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 mob and establishing a special House committee to investigate the insurrection, among other measures.

At the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida, Nunes spoke out against voting reform efforts, claiming that Democrats “came along and said, ‘Well, when you go into the Department of Motor Vehicles, you are going to register to vote, even if you don’t want to register to vote.’”

January 6, 2021

  • Just hours after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, Nunes and 146 other congressional Republicans objected to certifying the 2020 Electoral College results confirming President Biden’s legal win.
  • Nunes opposed impeaching Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection and justified his actions by saying: “All presidents make mistakes, but the bottom line is [that] to do a snap impeachment has real consequences.”
  • He sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Feb. 15, 2021 insinuating that she was to blame for the Jan. 6 insurrection and accusing her of handling the aftermath in a partisan manner. 
  • Nunes also voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack. 

The Big Lie

  • On Nov. 6, 2020, Nunes posted this completely false comment on Parler: “Great victory tonight for President Trump! Only thing left to determine is control of the House.”
  • Although Nunes voted against certifying the 2020 Electoral College results in Arizona and Pennsylvania, he did not make any statements explaining his views.
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