Congressman Devin Nunes steps down to lead new Trump Media company

Devin Nunes

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., Speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday, March 24, 2017. Nunes said Friday that Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign, had volunteered to be interviewed by the membership committee. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite) Devin Nunes

Devin Nunes officially resigned from Congress on Saturday, stepping down from his elected post as representative of California’s 22nd Congressional District in order to become CEO of former President Donald Trump’s new media company.

Nunes, 48, was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2002 and previously worked in the US Department of Agriculture.

In a statement released by the Trump Media & Technology Group last month, Nunes confirmed his intention to take on a new role there, saying, “The time has come to reopen the Internet and allow the free flow of ideas and information. expression without censorship. “

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“The United States of America has made the Internet dream come true and it will be an American company that will restore the dream,” the statement continued. “I am honored and honored that President Trump has asked me to lead the world-class mission and team that will deliver on this promise.”

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Trump’s new eponymous company was announced in October and described itself as “a planned rival to the liberal media consortium [to] fight against the “Big Tech” companies of Silicon Valley, which have used their one-sided power to silence opposing voices in America. “

While the Trump Media & Technology Group is currently listing several potential brands on its website, including “Truth Social,” it has yet to launch them. The company has also come under scrutiny for its connection to a separate company with which it intends to merge.

Former President Donald Trump has long suggested that he might try to get involved in his own social media or news business. He was banned from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and many other major platforms after his supporters stormed the United States Capitol in a scene of violence last January.

According to the October press release, a nationwide rollout of the new media company is “expected in the first quarter of 2022”.

There is a waiting list for those hoping to be invited to Truth Social, although Twitter users have said they have had problems trying to register and register on the site.

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In his own statement released last month, Trump said Nunes, a staunch ally in Congress, would make an “excellent” CEO of the new company.

“Devin understands that we must stop the liberal media and the big techs from destroying the freedoms that make America great,” Trump said. “America is ready for Social TRUTH and an end to censorship and political discrimination.”

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Nunes served as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee while Republicans were in power under the Trump administration. He faced intense Democratic criticism for his handling of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and sharply criticized special advocate Robert Mueller.

Nunes also served on the executive committee leading Trump’s transition team after the 2016 election, giving recommendations on national security choices.

Nunes’ departure from Congress comes ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. According to CNN, her old neighborhood had become more democratic during the redistribution.

Cathy W. Howerton