The Devin Nunes memo has been released. Nunes thought it would expose abuses by FBI investigators and take the heat off Donald Trump for his Russia scandal. Instead it’s done the opposite. The memo contains no serious accusations, meaning Nunes and Trump have leaked classified intel about an ongoing investigation for no reason. Suffice it so say, it’s not going over particularly well.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, in what we believe is a preview of the impeachment charges she’ll help bring against Trump once she becomes Speaker of the House after the midterms, tweeted this: “Donald Trump has surrendered his constitutional responsibility as Commander-in-Chief by releasing Nunes’ unredacted, classified memo. His decision undermines our national security and is a bouquet to his friend Putin.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was just as harsh: “The Nunes memo is partisan and misleading, simple as that. To use it as pretext for firing Deputy AG Rosenstein, Special Counsel Mueller or other DOJ leadership would be viewed as an attempt to obstruct justice in the Russia investigation.”
The Democrats were not the only ones taking Trump’s head off over the memo. Former FBI Director James Comey, a longtime Republican, tweeted this: “That’s it? Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House intel committee, destroyed trust with Intelligence Community, damaged relationship with FISA court, and inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen. For what? DOJ & FBI must keep doing their jobs.” Trump illegally fired Comey last year, in an attempt at derailing the Trump-Russia investigation.
Donald Trump replaced Comey with his own handpicked FBI Director Christopher Wray, also a registered Republican. Trump seemed to think Wray would be willing to do his personal bidding at the expense of the law. However, it’s been widely reported that Wray advised Trump not to release the memo, and that he plans to make a public statement rebuking the memo.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report