(JustPatriots.com)- California Congressman Devin Nunes announced that he will be resigning his seat in Congress at the end of the month to become the chief executive of former President Trump’s new social media company Trump Media & Technology Group.
Nunes, who was first elected to Congress in 2002, will take up his new position as TMTG’s CEO starting in January.
Nunes, the former Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, was slated to become the Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee if Republicans retake the House in 2022.
Nunes leaving Congress a year before his term ends now sets up an early 2022 special election to fill his seat. According to California election law, Governor Gavin Newsom must call a special election within two weeks of Nunes leaving office with the primary held 18 to 20 weeks later. The two top vote-getters in the primary would then face off in a special election, meaning Nunes’ seat could remain vacant until midsummer 2022, then the special election winner will have to run again in November.
Congressman Nunes, a fierce defender of President Trump during his time in office, was instrumental in exposing the RussiaGate hoax. His fight to expose the Deep State plot is at the heart of the 2020 documentary “The Plot Against the President.”
While Nunes’ congressional seat has been a historically safe district, early drafts of California’s redistricting map placed Nunes in a swing district which President Biden won by nine points last year.
Before Nunes announced his intention to resign, Republicans were watching to see whether he would run in a new safer seat which would have pitted him against one of his Republican colleagues.
In a statement announcing that Nunes would be joining TMTG as its CEO, former President Trump praised Nunes as a “fighter and a leader,” adding that he is an excellent choice to head up Trump Media & Technology Group.
Trump said Nunes understands the importance of stopping “the liberal media and Big Tech from destroying the freedoms that make America great.”