Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) upped the ante in his battle with the FBI and the Department of Justice over his controversial memo alleging surveillance abuses in the investigation of the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia during the election.
While the House Intelligence committee voted on partisan lines to release the memo which was written by Nunes (allegedly with some encouragement from the White House itself), Trump-appointed FBI Director Christopher Wray, who briefly got a chance to look at the memo on Sunday, has asked the White House to prevent its release. A statement released by the FBI gave the reasons for his opposition:
“The F.B.I. was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it. As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”
In other words, the FBi is accusing Nunes of picking and choosing his facts to reach his foregone conclusion which is essentially inaccurate in light of the whole truth.
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Not surprising, since Nunes has been trying to cover up the President’s treasonous activities since he secretly met undisclosed administration staffers at the White House to review classified documents last year, an action that led to his withdrawal from leading the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation until a Republican-led ethics committee review of his actions cleared him without actually looking at the intelligence he was accused of unlawfully disclosing.
Now, Rep. Nunes has responded to the FBI’s statement of opposition to the release of the memo by issuing a statement of his own.
“Having stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year, it’s no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ issue spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance abuses at these agencies. The FBI is intimately familiar with ‘material omissions’ with respect to their presentations to both Congress and the courts, and they are welcome to make public, to the greatest extent possible, all the information they have on these abuses. Regardless, it’s clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an American political campaign,” Nunes wrote.
For all of Nunes accusations of hiding information towards the FBI, the fact remains that he and his fellow Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee voted to release their misleading memo while preventing the Committee’s Democratic members from releasing their own findings on the matter.
With the FBI, the Justice Department, and the intelligence community in general at risk from the disclosure of top secret information that could compromise their intelligence gathering and investigatory methods, Nunes and the Republican leadership’s decision to put partisan politics over the impartial management of the Justice Department and the FBI is not only dangerous, it’s the first step in Trump’s attempts to shut down the investigation into how Russia helped get him elected and into any potential criminal actions he and his campaign staff and administration may have taken.
The desperation in their attacks prove how much they have to lose in a credible investigation of their actions, and hints at a guilt they don’t want discovered.