Twitter Reacts to the Release of the Laughably Weak Nunes Memo
The President of the United States today risks undermining the FBI and the DOJ, and further strained his relationship with senior members of those two organizations by releasing the Nunes memo, a cherry-picked document that aims to suggest that the FBI sought to surveil, and the DOJ approved of that surveillance, based on the Steele dossier. And he risked the ire of those organizations for … this?
The memo seems to suggest that the Steele Dossier was the only source used to obtain the warrant, and that the FBI unfairly did not provide exculpating evidence, namely that the Steele Dossier was paid for by the Clinton campaign and that Christopher Steele had stated in October 2016 that he was “desperate for Donald Trump not to be President.”
I wonder why he didn’t want Trump to be President? Could it have been because all of the intelligence he had collected that suggested Trump and his campaign had coordinated with the Russians? Was it because of Trump’s connections to organized crime? The involvement of Paul Manafort in his campaign? His erratic behavior? Or the fact that he was so obviously unqualified for the job?
Or maybe Christopher Steele was just “desperate” that Trump not be elected because he was a Republican?
In any event, the Nunes memo offers nothing that we didn’t already know, and while it suggests that the FBI wouldn’t have opened an investigation into Carter Page without the Steele Memo, it specifically does not say that it’s the only intelligence it had to form the basis of the warrant.
It is laughably weak. I hate the term “nothing burger,” but that is exactly what this is:
John McCain, meanwhile, still believes it shouldn’t have been released in the first place.