Donald Trump swung and royally missed when it came to the Devin Nunes memo. He was hoping it would give him political cover for firing the people in the FBI and DOJ who are investigating him. Instead it’s only served to create yet another political scandal and legal liability for him. One might think he would cut his losses, and try to make people forget about it by focusing on his next desperate gambit to save himself. But that’s not how Trump works.
Trump has spent all day Saturday staging a bizarre meltdown about the Nunes memo. First he posted this tweet, which included his usual misplaced quotation marks and misspelled words: “This memo totally vindicates “Trump” in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!”
Then Trump went and posted this strange quote lifted from a Wall Street Journal op-ed: “”The four page memo released Friday reports the disturbing fact about how the FBI and FISA appear to have been used to influence the 2016 election and its aftermath….The FBI failed to inform the FISA court that the Clinton campaign had funded the dossier….the FBI became a tool of anti-Trump political actors. This is unacceptable in a democracy and ought to alarm anyone who wants the FBI to be a nonpartisan enforcer of the law….The FBI wasn’t straight with Congress, as it hid most of these facts from investigators.”
This might have helped Donald Trump’s argument, if not for the fact that the Washington Post had already factually disproven the claim about the FISA court and the dossier. Since Robert Mueller informed Trump that he’ll need to testify in the Russia scandal, this Nunes memo was Trump’s first big stab at trying to derail the investigation. Therefore it was probably the best idea he could think of, bad as it was. If the rest of his ideas are even worse, no wonder he’s still hung up on the failure of the memo. It’s all downhill for him from here.
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