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

Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierImpeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Republicans, Democrats brace for first public testimony in impeachment inquiry Sunday shows — New impeachment phase dominates MORE (D-Calif.), who survived the Jonestown massacre as a congressional staffer, on Thursday blasted Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesNunes pressed on Fox News about comparing impeachment inquiry to a 'coup' Republicans, Democrats brace for first public testimony in impeachment inquiry Sunday shows — New impeachment phase dominates MORE (R-Calif.), a major ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem 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 BidenImpeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Trump DACA fight hits Supreme Court Juan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete MORE and his son.

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