Devin Nunes Secret Memo Reveals GOP Plot To Derail Trump-Russia Investigation: Report
In the latest development surrounding the Trump-Russia scandal, conservative Republicans are trying to release a memo containing classified information about the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign in order to derail Robert Mueller’s probe, The Los Angeles Times reports.
The explosive revelation has sparked new controversy in a case that has already caused deep partisan rifts.
The contents of the secret four-page memo, which was written by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare), who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, have not been publicly revealed. But President Trump’s allies in Congress say that they are explosive.
Nunes, who is trying to shield President Trump from a potential indictment, said his work has uncovered “serious problems involving the use of secret surveillance powers,” according to The Times.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said: “It’s some of the most alarming things I’ve ever read, and every single American citizen should be able to read that material as soon as possible.”
However, Democrats on the committee have dismissed the memo as a dishonest attempt to undermine the Russia investigation, and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) called it a “pack of lies.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), another committee member, said the memo was filled with misinformation and should not be released.
“It is a perversion of the facts to brainwash our members and protect the president,” he said.
Republicans have repeatedly said the Russia investigation, currently led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, has been undermined by partisan bias. Mueller was appointed last May after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the memo also looked at Republican claims that Mueller’s criminal investigation has been undermined by partisan bias.