Nunes rips Democrats and their 'media assets'

Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald Nunes10 top Republicans who continue to deny the undeniable A Republican Watergate veteran's perspective on a Trump impeachment Meet the lawyer at center of whistleblower case: 'It is an everyday adventure' MORE (R-Calif.) ripped into Democrats and their "media assets" for drumming up a new “public spectacle” to hurt President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview MORE at a hearing Thursday on a whistleblower complaint against the president.

“I want to congratulate the Democrats on the rollout of their latest information warfare operation against the president and their extraordinary ability to once again enlist the mainstream media in their campaign,” the top Republican on the committee said.

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Nunes said the controversy over the July 25 call between President Trump and Ukraine’s president began with media reports from the same people who started the “Russia hoax,” referring to former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

An edited transcript of the call released by the White House Wednesday showed Trump pressing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview Yang cautions Democrats: Impeachment might not be 'successful' Ocasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment MORE and his son Hunter.

Nunes on Thursday accused Democrats of “moving the goalposts” after the edited transcript was released by the White House by saying a quid pro quo was not needed for the pressure to “serve as the basis for impeaching the president.”

“Once again the scandal ends up nothing like we are told,” Nunes continued in his opening remarks.

He also accused Democrats of “trying to obtain nude pictures” during discussions with “who they thought were Ukrainians.”

That comment appeared to be a reference to the now debunked Steele Dossier, which first claimed that Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 election cycle.

--This report was updated at 11:27 a.m.