Nunes rips Democrats and their 'media assets'

Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline MORE (R-Calif.) ripped into Democrats and their "media assets" for drumming up a new “public spectacle” to hurt President TrumpDonald John TrumpUPS, FedEx shut down calls to handle mail-in ballots, warn of 'significant' problems: report Controversial GOP Georgia candidate attempts to distance from QAnon Trump orders TikTok parent company to sell US assets within 90 days 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 BidenOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Congress exits with no deal, leaving economists flabbergasted Trump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' 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.