Trump Media Company Appoints Devin Nunes CEO


Trump Media & Technology Group said it has appointed Representative Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), A longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, as chief executive of the social media company.

Mr Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, has told colleagues he plans to step down from Congress, a House Republican aide said. A spokesperson for Mr Nunes did not respond to a request for comment.

“Devin understands that we must stop the liberal media and the Big Techs from destroying the freedoms that make America great,” Mr. Trump said in a statement from the company, which plans to launch a new platform for social media called TruthSocial.

Trump Media & Technology Group said Mr. Nunes, 48, who first took office in 2003, will take over as CEO in January. Mr. Trump is the president of the company.

In October, the company announced that it would merge with a specialist acquisition company, Digital World Acquisition Corp. The effort to launch a new platform came after Mr. Trump’s access to several social media companies, including Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. was restricted following the Jan.6 assault on the United States Capitol.

As big tech companies grapple with how to regulate user posts, other social media sites wooing conservative users have popped up in recent years, including Parler, Gab and Gettr, a platform focused on free speech. launched by former Trump adviser Jason Miller.

Digital World revealed in a regulatory filing Monday that the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the planned deal. DWAC would inject money into the new social media company Mr. Trump had planned and make it public.

As the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Nunes vigorously defended Mr. Trump against charges of committing impeachment offenses by abusing his power and obstructing Congress after the president of the time pressured Ukraine to investigate its political rival, now President Joe Biden. Mr. Trump was impeached in the House and acquitted in the Senate.

In Congress, Mr. Nunes was initially associated with the establishment wing of the GOP. He defended former House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) against attempts by the House Freedom Caucus to oust the GOP leader, criticizing Tory brandons as “lemmings with suicide vests” and describing them as members of the “exotic caucus”.

He secured a coveted place on the Ways and Means Committee, where he would have been the main Republican on the panel and therefore likely to become chairman of the tax drafting committee if he were to stay in Congress and the GOP regained the majority. .

Mr. Nunes grabbed the headlines as a staunch ally of Mr. Trump in 2017, when the intelligence committee investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election. Democrats accused him of providing political cover for the Trump administration rather than a serious investigation.

Mr Nunes alleged that Trump associates were accidentally monitored when speaking to foreign officials and that in some cases their names were poorly exposed. The leading Democrat on the committee, Representative Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), Said Mr Nunes’ claims were unfounded. Mr Nunes ultimately withdrew from the Russian meddling investigation.

Mr Nunes went on to take a leading role in Mr Trump’s defense during the president’s first impeachment trial, which Mr Trump called part of a larger witch hunt.

In the final month of his presidency, Mr. Trump awarded Mr. Nunes the Presidential Medal of Freedom, with the White House praising Mr. Nunes for his role in trying to discredit the investigations into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia.

In a 2019 report, then-special advocate Robert Mueller confirmed that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election and detailed contacts between Russian agents and members of the Trump campaign, but said said the evidence did not establish a conspiracy or coordination between the two.

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