Donald Trump backtracks after Devin Nunes memo blows up in his face

Rogue Congressman Devin Nunes has spent the past several months running a sham investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia investigation, for the purpose of falsely exonerating Trump (and himself) while falsely scandalizing those who have exposed Trump’s crimes. The trouble: Nunes is a complete idiot, and all he could come up with was a memo so embarrassing that Trump’s own legal minds advised him not to release it. Trump has made clear through the media that he wants the idiotic memo released, because he thinks it somehow vindicates him. But now he has a huge problem.

Last night the Republicans on the House Intel Committee voted to release the memo to the public. This effort was led by Nunes and Trey Gowdy, who have both been implicated in the Trump-Russia scandal. They were both on the Trump transition team. Michael Flynn reportedly informed the transition team of his treasonous interactions with the Russian Ambassador in real time. So we can only assume that Nunes and Gowdy somehow think that, for whatever reason, this memo somehow helps their case.

Now that the committee has moved to release the memo, Trump has suddenly changed his mind. Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced today that Trump has no intention of releasing the memo. In fact she claimed that Trump hasn’t even seen the memo, which is an extraordinary claim, considering that for the past week his position has been that he definitely wanted to release it. Now his position appears to be that he wanted to release it even though he’d never seen it, and now he doesn’t want to release it even though he’s still never seen it.

Donald Trump is backtracking on this in almost comical fashion. His handlers appear to have gotten the message across to him that the memo is such a farce, he’ll hurt his own case if he releases it. The trouble for him is that because Devin Nunes and his cohorts have made such a big deal out of the memo, Trump will face endless questions about it for as long as he doesn’t release it.

Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report