Two quotes are all you need to know about this infamous memo

A long advertised memo reportedly authored by Representative Devin Nunes has been released from the Republican led House Intelligence Commiittee to the cry of foul by the minority party. The memo was edited after the meeting to approve it without going back for review, which is unethical and in violation of parliamentary procedure. Yet, the claim by the FBI and Democrats on the committee say it left out a lot of facts, while still confirming surveillance had been started off an earlier event which throws water on the larger claim.

But, there are two interesting quotes which tell you all you need to know about the issue.

Per The Hill, “Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on Friday admitted that did not personally review the applications for surveillance warrants that provide the basis of the classified memo released earlier in the day.

Nunes said he relied on the review of committee member Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).

‘No, I didn’t,’ Nunes told Fox News’ Brett Baier, when asked if he saw the applications.”

In essence, Nunes wrote a paper off a cliff notes without reading the novel. How does he know what he left out if he did not read the document on which the memo is based?

In contrast, here are words Republican Senator John McCain on the Nunes memo.

“The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests – no party’s, no president’s, only Putin’s. The American people deserve to know all of the facts surrounding Russia’s ongoing efforts to subvert our democracy, which is why Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation must proceed unimpeded. Our nation’s elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan sideshows. If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him.”

We must heed the words of this man of integrity and let another one, Robert Mueller do his job. If the President is as innocent as he says he is, he should welcome that.

This tells you all you need to know about the veracity of the memo’s author. Conservative pundit David Brooks said Friday on PBS Newshour that the normal way to register concerns would be for the committee to invite the FBI in to ask them questions. I have said before, anytime a legislative body deviates from a normal process, take it to the bank, it is political.

15 thoughts on “Two quotes are all you need to know about this infamous memo

  1. Note to Readers: I listened to an author on NPR the other night who has written about Robert Mueller. In a nutshell, he is a man of integrity as deemed by Republicans and Democrats alike. He also is a staunch defender of the constitution, as evidenced by he and James Comey getting George W. Bush to back off on a process that they deemed unconstitutional. Bush relented.

    He is admired by those in the FBI for raising the level of professionalism. As a former Marine, the only criticism people had of him is he is a gruff, no nonsense man. In other words, he is ideally suited to do the job he is being asked to do. The concern I have as an American are those politicians, including the President, who are doing anything and everything to stop this train. Trump does not want to testify as he has a very hard time with the truth.

    • Roger, the sad part of all of this is the President just needed a prop. The memo need not be accurate, it just needed to be released and he has gone into full bore marketing mode proclaiming innocence and vindication. From what I glean is the exact opposite. I was already convinced that the President is guilty of something which remains to be seen. I am now 100% convinced that he is guilty of something. And, while his base is frothing at his ploy (it is rumored Nunes would not have acted without help), the spurious nature of the memo, the fact it was released, and the nature of its advocates, tell me this is an entirely political move by Trump to squash the truth.

      Ironically, the FBI used to be consistently supported by Conservatives, but they are disillusioned to be attacked by their one time advocates. Trump sycophants would disown their own mothers for this tragic demigod.

      Keith

      • It is an odd spectacle to view; a conservative government attacking the FBI for possible socialist/liberal tendencies.
        There again we have one of the great historical ironies when considering the Russian connection….Joe McCarthy The Prophet!

      • Roger, it goes to show you that Donald Trump will try to demonize anyone or anything that gets in his way or dares criticize him. Think of the hard working folks of the FBI seeing their ultimate boss trashing their agency and its leaders. To be frank, this memo is a hatchet job, and a bad one at that, but it does not matter to the Trump base. Keith

  2. Dear Keith,

    Thank you for a great post. You are so right. This was a political hatchet job from start to finish. Next week I will be contacting the lawmakers of the US Congress, where this memo will be front and center as I pivot to talk to them about their passing a bipartisan bill to protect our voting machines from being manipulated by nefarious actors like Russia in the November 2018 elections. The bill is S.2261.

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Gronda, thanks and good luck. I was pleased your McCain post was reblogged five times. Here is an interesting caution, which o agree with, on Republicans blindly backing this memo per The Guardian:

      “Paul Rosenzweig, a homeland security official in the George W Bush administration, tweeted that with the release of the Nunes memo, the Republican party had fully consummated its union with Trump.

      ‘If you stay in the party you own this,’ he wrote.”

      Keith

    • Thanks for stopping by. I obviously disagree with your contention. As an Independent and former Republican, I have concerns over the blind support for the President, who continues to act guilty. I hold Senator McCain in high regard and strongly considered voting for him for President. Thanks again for offering your opinion. Keith

      • Thanks for sharing your perspective. I did watch some of the video. There has to be a balance between security and liberty, and I believe we swung the pendulum too far away from liberty after 9/11. While they need to improve, oversights do exist, which is one reason I am frustrated with Nunes not following procedure. But, I would argue with the speaker saying the NSA is worse than the Gestsppo. That is hyperbole.

        I am further frustrated by a President who acts like a King. We must have oversight and right now our Congress needs to step up. Thanks so much for offering your thoughts and perspectives. It is greatly appreciated. Keith

      • Note to Readers: This video is courtesy of RT, which is the Russian Television network. Since Putin has an interest in the content on this service as noted by a former announcer (even though Putin denies this), please take this with a grain of salt. I will leave it here for your reading pleasure with this caveat.

  3. Note to Readers: I have now contacted the offices of Speaker Paul Ryan, Congressman Nunes and Congressman Hurd regarding this memo and the process leading up to it. Given the lack of due process and procedure, this was entirely a political hatchet job. Normally, the FBI would have been invited in for questions, the memo would have not have been released at all, but it would be fully vetted, and it would be as accurate as possible. Plus, since edits were done after approval, it would have gone back for reapproval. When Nunes refused to share this with his Senate counterpart, that should also speak volumes.

    I asked in a message that Speaker Ryan remove Nunes from his leadership position of this Committee, as a result. It should be noted when he was asked in the Committee if he had contact with the White House on this, Nunes refused to answer the question. I also left a message with Congressman Nunes requesting that he resign his position as head of the Committee, as he is not exhibiting leadership. I did speak with a poor young staffer at Congressman Hurd’s office. I apologized several times for fussing at her, but noted that Hurd is damaging his credibility by supporting this memo in the manner it was done. (note, if you leave a message with Ryan, plan it out, as he does not leave a lot of time for the message – fortunately, I am used to talking fast when needed).

    Each time I emphasized, twice that I am an Independent and former Republican voter, not a Democrat. We must allow Mueller to get to the bottom of this and the President should welcome this if he is innocent. With the staffer, I did say I he is acting too guilty to be innocent in my view.

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