This story is breaking.
Republican Congressman Devin Nunez will leave Congress at the end of the year to work for former President Trump’s media company.
The Washington Examiner reports:
The decision comes as California redistricting map drafts would have forced Nunes to either run in a district that flipped from favoring former President Donald Trump by five points to tilting in the direction of President Joe Biden by nine points, according to the Cook Political Report analysis, or run in a different district.
The The San Joaquin Valley Sun first reported Nunes’s planned departure.
Nunes’s departure marks a major shakeup of Republican leadership on the House Intelligence Committee and Republican leadership as a whole. He was in line to be chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee if Republicans win back the majority in 2022.
First elected to Congress in 2002, Nunes was a top congressional defender of Trump while he was in office.
Trump Media & Technology Group released the following statement:
PALM BEACH, FL – December 6, 2021 – Trump Media & Technology Group (‘TMTG’) today announced that Congressman Devin G. Nunes has been selected to join the Company as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Nunes is currently a sitting U.S. House Representative, representing California’s 22nd congressional district, and formerly the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Mr. Nunes will be leaving the U.S. House of Representatives and will begin his new role as Chief Executive Officer of TMTG in January 2022.
President Donald J. Trump, Chairman of TMTG, commented, “Congressman Devin Nunes is a fighter and a leader. He will make an excellent CEO of TMTG. Devin understands that we must stop the liberal media and Big Tech from destroying the freedoms that make America great. America is ready for TRUTH Social and the end to censorship and political discrimination.”
Congressman Devin Nunes added, “The time has come to reopen the Internet and allow for the free flow of ideas and expression without censorship. The United States of America made the dream of the Internet a reality and it will be an American company that restores the dream. I’m humbled and honored President Trump has asked me to lead the mission and the world class team that will deliver on this promise.”
Since 2003, Mr. Nunes has served in the U.S. House of Representatives, currently serving California’s 22nd district. As Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee (2015-2019), Mr. Nunes worked on important matters related to U.S. security including cybersecurity and information technology. Mr. Nunes is also a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.