Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) and other House Republicans have created a secret memo that uses cherry picked intelligence information to build a case against the Department of Justice and FBI. Because the memo is secret, the public has not seen it. So the press, while feeling beholden to cover it, is reluctant to call it what it is without having actually read it: Pure propaganda and politics.
The House Intelligence Committee will not allow the minority party to release their own memo telling a more complete story, and even Trump’s pick for the head of the FBI says that the memo leaves out important information and is not accurate.
House Speaker Paul Ryan is now simultaneously defending and backing away from the memo, claiming that while it’s not an “indictment of our justice systems, of the FBI, the Department of Justice, it does not impugn the Mueller investigation or the deputy attorney general,” the Nunes memo represents Congress “conducting legitimate oversight.”
If he appears to be talking out of both sides of his mouth, that’s because he is.
‘House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell discussed the potential release of a classified memo penned by the staff of Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California, that details alleged surveillance abuses by the FBI that targeted members of the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election, saying it’s Congress’ “legitimate oversight” to make sure there are no abuses of FISA laws.
‘”What this memo is is Congress doing its job in conducting legitimate oversight over a very unique law, FISA. If mistakes were made and individuals did something wrong, it’s our job as the legislative branch to conduct oversight over the executive branch if abuses were made,” Ryan said at the GOP retreat in West Virginia on Thursday.
‘He added “If Americans civil liberties were abused that needs to come to light so that it does[n]’t happen again. What this is not is an indictment of our justice systems, of the FBI, the Department of Justice, it does not impugn the Mueller investigation or the deputy attorney general.”
‘Members of the House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines Monday to make the four-page document public. In the same meeting, the committee voted against publicly releasing a memo drafted by the minority and intended as a rebuttal to the majority’s document.’
The memo, which claims that the FBI was over-reliant on the unproven Steele dossier (paid for by Democratic interests, which somehow makes the information gained tained despite not being disproved) when opening the investigation into the Trump campaign and transition, conveniently ignores that a Trump aide’s drunken rambling to an Australian diplomat and multiple reports from friendly intelligence agencies also prompted an investigation.
With Republicans refusing to allow either the FBI or the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee to provide additional information and the full context of the memo, their goals are clear: It’s just a smokescreen for Trump. Republicans aren’t interested in the whole story, or they wouldn’t hide part of it. For the Trump-supporting public, at least they can plea ignorance. What House Republicans are engaging in is criminal.
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