Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake said the partisan criticisms of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) are "absurd" because the same people "cheered" leaks that were damaging to Gen. Michael Flynn.

Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, temporarily stepped aside from the investigation into Susan Rice's unmasking of Trump associates' identities.


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Lake said many on the left complained to officials that Nunes violated ethics rules by discussing the existence of such intelligence reports involving Rice.

But, he added that such complaints were "absurd" because those same individuals were "cheering" when the similar unmasking of Flynn forced him to leave the Trump administration.

He said the publicized leaks about Flynn were "far more significant" than the fact Nunes made references to findings about Rice, because the congressman didn't disclose anything contained in those reports.

Lake said many of the ethics complains against Nunes came from groups funded by or related to progressive investor George Soros.


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