IMO, it's time Nunes lawyered up. Just saying.
I posted about this on FB to a friend of mine who is involved in a lot of writing groups, and a friend of *hers* knows Rachel. It felt like a 6-degrees of Kevin Bacon.
I'd be pretty annoyed if a niece of mine took a story of mine, even if unpublished, and changed the wording a bit but otherwise used the same entire story. I mean, it's one thing if I had a great idea, wrote a bit of it, then decided I didn't like how the writing went or I wasn't going to keep with it, and I suggested the general idea to somebody and told them they could write it. But she just basically copied the entire book and changed the wording a bit. It's like those kids who think that if they take the Wikipedia, copy the entire thing, change some words here or there, and think that it's no longer plagiarism because it's not a copy and paste.