Donald Trump is being investigated for possible collusion withe the Russian government during the election. Everyone suspects he loves Putin far more than he loves the U.S. Either that or a certain rumored Pee Tape is hanging over his head?
Trump has seemingly been trying to fight the allegations by firing investigators and bringing up Hillary Clinton. The GOP, in particular Republican David Nunes, is also working to support his cause. A group of Republicans have been cooking up a "memo" that states the FBI is biased against their president. Thus, any information they gather is false. Presto, change-o, innocence!
The memo was released on Friday to Fox News and the Washington Examiner. It argues that the Steele dossier was what first directed the FBI to start tracking Trump's campaign advisor Carter Page. However, the FBI has been investigation Page since 2013, and argue that the memo is just choosing a series of details without further context to try and discredit the DOJ and FBI. They think Nunes hasn't even read the dossier.
Trump will possibly use it as an excuse to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller as he investigates Trump's connection to Russia. Perfect.
Okay, that's not a lot! It's not certain which way the wind will blow, but people are already tearing through this thing, hashtagging their spree on Twitter with #MemoDay.
Most just can't believe that the president is undermining his democracy. To which, I ask, have you been unconscious the last 12 months?
President Trump’s own Justice Department has called the release of this propaganda memo “extraordinarily reckless” and said that DOJ is “currently unaware of any wrongdoing related to the FISA process…”— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) February 2, 2018
.@realDonaldTrump’s decision to declassify the partisan memo, made in cooperation w/ Congressional Republicans, is a dangerous attack on our justice system and the rule of law. Patriotic Rs & Ds must unite & defend the independence of @TheJusticeDept & @FBI. My statement: pic.twitter.com/8UCbL7ZHgL— Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (@SenatorShaheen) February 2, 2018
Even Jeff Sessions seems disturbed by it:
Most don't even see what the memo is supposed to be proving, except what was already known—Carter Page is a suspected spy.
I cannot for the life of me see what this proves other than the govt got one warrant and THREE extensions cause it thought Carter Page was a spy. Great work there Nunes— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) February 2, 2018
It’s literally just a memo about Carter Page with nothing to do with the whole meat of the investigation.— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 2, 2018
WOWZA! The BOMBSHELL Nunes memo is just further proof that the FBI conspired against Donald Trump by...(squints at twitter) monitoring Carter Page long before Trump hired him or the dossier existed because Page was being recruited by the SVR— Molly (@isteintraum) February 2, 2018
And many pointed out that in 2016, the only person the FBI really took a swing at was Hillary Clinton:
We know now the FBI was actively investigating both campaigns during the 2016 election but only chose to publicly announce (repeatedly!) their investigation of Clinton while keeping the Trump campaign investigation *completely* secret the entire time.— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 2, 2018
If *anyone* working on the Trump investigation wanted to hurt Trump in 2016 they could have leaked details of the investigation. They did not. In fact, FBI sources went so far as to tell the Times there was no Russia connection!— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 2, 2018
(There *were* a number of anti-Clinton leaks)
And all this is, apparently, evidence that the FBI was engaged in a conspiracy to get Clinton elected?— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 2, 2018
Literally none of this makes any sense and it's an insult to everyone's intelligence.
And it's depressing as hell to watching smart people pretend to be this stupid.
And others are wondering why the memo doesn't address some of the pressing Russian issues in Trump's life:
Some things the Nunes Memo does not explain away:— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) February 2, 2018
1) The hack of DNC servers by 2 Russian intelligence agencies
2) George Papadopoulos's contacts with the Russians
3) Michael Flynn's negotiations with the Russian ambassador
4) the Trump Tower meeting
5) Firing Comey
And then there are the JOKERS (bless them):
What do you think?