California Republican Representative Devin Nunes, one of the former Presidents Donald Trump most fervent loyalists in Congress, will leave the House at the end of the year to join Trump’s fledgling media company.
A statement Monday from the Trump Media & Technology team said Nunes will serve as chief executive officer, starting January 2022. The company is preparing to launch a social media platform aimed at competition. compete with competitors, including Twitter, which blocked Trump’s account in January following the deadly storming of the US Capitol.
In June, Facebook suspended Trump’s account for two years, following a discovery that he had caused violence before the January 6 uprising.
“Devin understands that we must stop the free media and Big Tech from destroying the liberties that make America great,” Trump said in a statement.
Nunes’ decision comes at a time when his political future in California could be in jeopardy – draft maps released during a decade-long reorganization of congressional districts show him will face a challenging re-election in midterm in 2022. Those maps won’t be finalized until later this month.
Nunes, 48, said in a statement: “The time has come to reopen the Internet and allow ideas and expression to be free without censorship. The United States of America has made the Internet dream come true and this will be an American company that revives this dream. “
Trump’s decision to choose one of his most loyal defenders to oversee his new media team – rather than a seasoned business leader – makes it clear that he intends to use the company because political interests as well as for profit.
Nunes is also a fierce critic of the mainstream media. He sued CNN and Twitter for defamation, among other companies, for hundreds of millions of dollars. Both cases were ruled out by the judges.
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Trump announced the launch of his media company in October. The company said its plans include creating “Truth Social,” a Twitter-style social media app, as well as a streaming service. Online subscription-based video will feature entertainment, news and podcasts. Trump is listed as the company’s president.
Over the weekend, Trump’s media company and Digital World Acquisition Company announced that they had a deal for $1 billion in capital from institutional investors.
The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority are reviewing the deal. Digital World Acquisition Corp. had launched on the US stock exchange three weeks earlier with the sole purpose of finding a private company to buy.
Nunes was the top Republican on the House intelligence committee and chairman of the panel before Democrats won a majority in 2018. He launched the committee’s investigation into Trump’s ties to Trump. Russia, along with California Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the panel, is now its chair.
However, soon after they announced the investigation, Nunes became one of Trump’s strongest defenders in Congress. In early 2017, he visited the White House, reviewed documents there and then held a press conference saying that communications involving Trump associates had been wiped out by US spy agencies. and was mishandled by the administration of former President Barack Obama. After an uproar, the House Ethics Committee said it would investigate the visit and determine if he had leaked classified information.
The Ethics Board deleted Nunes a year later, but Nunes reused himself from the Russia investigation.
After a controversial investigation that Democrats said favored Trump, the Intelligence Committee found that Russia interfered in the election but found no evidence of coordination between the Trump campaign. and Russia.
Nunes was also in the spotlight as he fervently defended Trump through the Democratic Party’s 2019 impeachment inquiry, led by Schiff and the intelligence team.
In early 2021, two days before the January 6 Capitol uprising, Trump presented Nunes with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In a statement, the White House credited Nunes with uncovering “the largest scandal in American history,” a reference to Nunes’ efforts to discredit the Russia investigation.
In a statement, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy called Nunes an “American patriot” saying there was no one “better… prepared to compete head-to-head and lead an alternative.” for Big Tech and the major media conglomerates that have provided water to the Democratic Party for many years. ”
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