Democrats downplay memo ahead of release
JANUARY 24, 2018
A classified memo purporting to show the Obama Justice Department illegally spied on the Trump campaign is nothing but a conspiracy theory, according to a top Democrat representative.
In a letter addressed to the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Rep. Jerry Nadler said the “so-called ‘Nunes Memo’” has been distorted by Republicans to their political advantage and distracts from the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“It is a profoundly misleading document. The House Committee on the Judiciary must act without delay to correct the record – and in your words – to permit Special Counsel Mueller to complete his investigation ‘without interference,’” Nadler says.
Asking for a copy of the memo to be made available to the committee, Nadler tells House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte that the four-page memo is being misrepresented and that Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has concocted a “conspiracy theory.”
“You and I have had the opportunity to review many of the documents that the intelligence committee claims are the basis for its memo. Those materials tell a very different story than the conspiracy theory concocted by Chairman Nunes and being repeated in the press.”
Nadler also notes concerns with reports that Russian bots are promoting the #releasethememo hashtag and “attempting to amplify this message.”
Rep. Nadler isn’t the first Democrat to come out against the memo ahead of its release.
Ranking House Intelligence Committee member Adam Schiff also pushed back against it, saying Nunes’ memo was “rife with factual inaccuracies,” and “is meant only to give Republican House members a distorted view of the FBI.”
Meanwhile Republicans including Rep. Matt Gaetz have the memo highlights injustices that go “to the very foundations of democracy.
“I think that this will not end just with firings,” Gaetz told Fox Newslast week. “I believe there are people who will go to jail.”
The House may vote as early as next week on whether to release the memo, which the president would then have to sign off on.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday said President Trump would likely be inclined to sign off on a release of the memo in the interest of “full transparency.”
“We certainly support full transparency and we believe that is at the House Intel committee to make that decision at this point,” Sanders said. “It sounds like there are some members in the House that have some real concerns with what is in that memo and feel very strongly that the American public should be privy to see it.”