It started Friday afternoon with the release of “the Memo” by the House Intelligence Committee. The document, prepared by Chairman Representative Devin Nunes, (R-CA) was touted to be the “smoking gun” to prove that the Obama administration, for presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, order the surveillance of candidate Donald Trump’s campaign. Except for one thing, the memo did not show that. It did anger the intelligence community such as the FBI and Justice Department over the release of classified information related to the surveillance of one Carter Page, a foreign affair expert helping the Trump campaign.
After the objections of the Democrats, who are in the minority in the House Intelligence Committee, the memo was released. Not all members of the GOP agreed that intelligence information should have been used as a political tool and that classified information should have remained classified. One voice was clear in his opposition to the release of Nunes memo. Senator John McCain, (R-AZ), although recuperating from therapy for brain cancer released a statement that attacked the memo.
Senator McCain, stated that this memo and President Trump were doing the work of our enemies by attacking the integrity of our intelligence communities. McCain reminded the intelligence committee they were convened to investigate the attack on the United States by Russia during the 2016 Presidential election. McCain stated, “In 2016, the Russian government engaged in an elaborate plot to interfere in an American election and undermine our democracy. Russia employed the same tactics it has used to influence elections around the world, from France and Germany to Ukraine, Montenegro, and beyond. “
Continuing McCain reminded the President, Representative Nunes and Americans that “Putin’s regime launched cyberattacks and spread disinformation with the goal of sowing chaos and weakening faith in our institutions. And while we have no evidence that these efforts affected the outcome of our election, I fear they succeeded in fueling political discord and dividing us from one another.’
McCain then reminded the committee and the President that the release of the memo played right into Putin’s hands. McCain stated, “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.” McCain, a frequent critic of President Trump’s and what many consider a moderate Republican also stated, “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.”
With the release of the memo, Democrats have asked that a rebuttal memo be released which contains the missing evidence which the Democrats believe will show the FBI and Justice Department did follow procedure and the story of partisan investigation will be resolved
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