FBI Agents Association Deals Harsh Blow To Trump With Surreal Nunes Memo Statement


A propaganda memo designed by Republicans to mischaracterize intelligence in order to serve a partisan agenda has earned ridicule and scorn from all sides, including the FBI, which referred to the memo as having “…material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.” Trump, of course, wanted the memo released before even reading it, as part of his overall effort to undermine the investigation into his campaign.

Now the FBI is striking back once again.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) said the following:

‘The men and women of the FBI put their lives on the line every day in the fight against terrorists and criminals because of their dedication to our country and the Constitution. The American people should know that they continue to be well-served by the world’s preeminent law enforcement agency. FBI Special Agents have not, and will not, allow partisan politics to distract us from our solemn commitment to our mission.’

Here’s the statement:

The post by the FBIAA immediately created an outpouring of support for the FBI:

This statement follows a different statement from a day earlier, echoing FBI Director Chris Wray:

The memo tells a partial story, attempting to create a narrative that the FBI improperly used a partisan source to start an investigation into the Trump campaign. However, the memo leaves out considerable other intelligence that also went into the decision. Not only that, it says nothing about what the investigation has since turned up. If a partisan source gives good information, the FBI certainly should act on it. To do otherwise would be a fallacious dereliction of duty.

That simple reality hasn’t stopped House Republicans, led by partisan hack Devin Nunes (R-CA), from voting to release the memo, while simultaneously blocking a supplemental memo created by the Democratic minority on the House Intelligence Committee. The Democratic memo contains facts that Democrats claim help paint the whole picture rather than the limited, partisan narrative created by the Republican majority.

Interestingly, even Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) has come out in favor of releasing the minority memo along with the Nunes memo. The Daily Beast reports,

‘House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) supports the release of the Democrats’ counter-memo to the controversial GOP-drafted memo alleging surveillance abuses at the FBI and the Department of Justice. “The speaker is in favor of greater transparency,” said Ryan’s spokeswoman. “If it is scrubbed to ensure it does not reveal sources and methods of our intelligence gathering, the speaker supports the release of the Democrats’ memo.” This comes after Ryan insisted that the memo’s release would “not impugn” Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Thursday afternoon. On Monday, the House Intelligence Committee voted to release the Republican-authored memo, but voted not to release the Democratic one.’

Of course, that’s easy to say when the Democratic memo is not really even on the table for release, given that the House Intelligence Committee already voted to hide it on the same day they voted to release the GOP version. In all likelihood, Paul Ryan is simply making that statement to give himself a smokescreen or some cover from bad press.

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