The bizarre saga of the infamous Devin Nunes memo has taken yet another surreal and criminal turn. Nunes wrote the memo in an attempt at exonerating Donald Trump in the Russia scandal and incriminating those investigating him. The memo has turned out to be a punchline, but Nunes and Trump want to release it anyway. Nunes managed to get the Republicans on the House Intel Committee to approve the release. Now Nunes has been caught changing his memo after that vote.
Congressman Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intel Committee, just posted this tweet: “BREAKING: Discovered late tonight that Chairman Nunes made material changes to the memo he sent to White House – changes not approved by the Committee. White House therefore reviewing a document the Committee has not approved for release.” He also posted a two page formal letter, addressed to Nunes, which spells out how Nunes has been caught in the act.
This means that if Trump does release the memo he’s been sent, he’ll be releasing a document that wasn’t voted on by the committee. Not only is Nunes committing crimes by writing an intentionally dishonest memo aimed at falsely exonerating Trump, now he’s committing further crimes by tricking members of his own party on his own committee into voting for the release of a different memo than the one he and Trump are planning to release.
As Palmer Report pointed out earlier today, Donald Trump’s own people foolishly let slip that Trump and his White House basically wrote the Nunes memo themselves (link). Devin Nunes couldn’t be any more knee deep in obstruction of justice. It’s impossible to see how he avoids going to prison when this is all over. This kind of desperate behavior also strongly hints that Nunes is guilty in the Trump-Russia scandal to begin with, and that he’s making these frantic moves to try to cover his own tracks. It’s not working.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report