Congresswoman who survived Jonestown blasts Nunes for calling impeachment inquiry a cult

Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierPoll: 69 percent of Americans say they are watching impeachment closely The Hill's Morning Report — Impeachment face-off; Dems go after Buttigieg in debate Democrats rally behind Pelosi on delay of articles MORE (D-Calif.), who survived the Jonestown massacre as a congressional staffer, on Thursday blasted Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesDemocratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials Democratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism MORE (R-Calif.), a major ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE, for calling the impeachment inquiry a cult.

Speier suggested Nunes, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, "look elsewhere."

The congresswoman survived five gunshot wounds in 1978 when her boss, then-Rep. Leo Ryan (D-Calif.), was assassinated in Guyana, right before cult leader Jim Jones convinced more than 900 people to ingest cyanide and end their lives.

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Speier’s post comes in response to Nunes’s comments on “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News the night before that the Democrat's inquiry has turned into a “cult.”

"So we go behind — we go into the basement every day and things leak out,” he said. “And it's a bit like watching a cult. It's become a cult." 

The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform committees have been holding closed-door hearings in which former and current Trump officials are testifying. The inquiry began after a whistleblower report detailed a phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president, in which Trump asks Ukraine to look into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team MORE and his son.

The House plans to have its first floor vote on the inquiry Thursday.