Rep. Devin Nunes Leaves Congress to Become CEO of New Trump Media Group
Republican Representative Devin Nunes of California resigns from the House to work for Donald Trump – as CEO of Trump Media & Technology Group.
The 10-term member of Congress only told his voters on Monday that he was “seizing a new opportunity to fight for the most important issues I believe in.”
It was the Trump media group that announced its new CEO role, where Nunes will head up Trump’s as-yet-unreleased social media platform, TRUTH Social.
He will start at TMTG in January.
Trump praised Nunes in the media group’s statement, calling him “a fighter and a leader.”
“He will be an excellent CEO of TMTG,” Trump said.
California Republican Representative Devin Nunes resigns from the House to work for Donald Trump
Donald Trump awarded Devin Nunes the Presidential Medal of Freedom just two weeks before President Joe Biden’s inauguration
Nunes said in the TMTG statement that it was time to “reopen the internet.”
“The time has come to reopen the internet and allow the free flow of ideas and expression without censorship. The United States of America has made the dream of the Internet a reality and it will be an American company that restores the dream. I am humbled and honored that President Trump has asked me to lead the world-class mission and team that will deliver on this promise,” he said.
Nunes would be next in line to chair the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which writes the country’s tax law, if Republicans gain control of the House in next year’s midterm elections.
Instead, he quits — he won’t even stay to finish his 10th term.
House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy praised Nune’s tenure in Congress and his new job.
“There is no better person willing to go head-to-head and lead an alternative to the big technology and big media cartel that has been watering the Democratic Party for years than Devin,” he said in a statement.
The California congressman was a staunch ally of Donald Trump during the former president’s two impeachment charges on Capitol Hill. And he was an outspoken critic of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom just two weeks before President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Trump announced in October the launch of his new social media platform, which will be fully released in 2022.
Nunes’ resignation will give Democrats some breathing room when it comes to voting. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a narrow majority of four seats. Nunes’ departure gives her an additional voting advantage.
Trump praised Nunes as ‘fighter and leader’
By leaving Congress this year, Nunes will set up an early 2022 race for his seat.
Under state electoral law, Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom of California must call a special election within 14 days of Nunes leaving office, and a primary must be held 18 to 20 weeks later.
The top two voters in the primaries would go to a general election, meaning the Nunes seat could be vacant until midsummer.
Nunes also avoids a potentially tough reelection campaign in the 2022 midterm elections.
The independent commission redesigning California’s congressional district has not yet completed its work, but an early draft of the new map has tilted Nunes’s district toward Democrats, potentially complicating his path to reelection.
Nunes could just run a friendlier district. California does not require House members to live in the district they represent.
“Recently I got another chance to fight for the most important issues I believe in,” Nunes said in an email to voters on Monday. “I am writing to let you know that I have decided to seize this opportunity, and that is why I will leave the House of Representatives at the end of 2021.”
Nunes became a target on social media with the parody accounts Devin Nunes’ Mom and Devin Nunes’ Cow.
He launched a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter and some of its users for allowing the “offensive” tweets he called “offensive, hateful and defamatory.”
A judge later ruled that he could not sue Twitter over the cow’s tweets.
Nunes also failed in an attempt to force a federal judge to force Twitter to shut down the cow’s account.
The cow account self-identifies as, “Looping around the dairy in Iowa looking for the little treacherous cuckoo.”
He made the unusual decision to go to court to try and remove the bill, which had become an irritating and, according to Nunes, political liability.
Judge John Marshall ruled that the site was “immune to the charges of defamation.”
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has been used to protect platforms from content published by others on their sites.