Rep. Nunes a Russian Agent?
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Governance in Washington should shock the conscience of everyone – rogue state ruthlessness masquerading democratic.
Anyone in or outside government can be called a Russian agent for wanting improved bilateral relations, for engaging in truth-telling, for opposing the official destructive narrative.
Rep. Devin Nunes prepared the four-page memo, alleging Russiagate FISA abuses – naming former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and former FBI Director James Comey as culpable parties.
Russiagate is a John Brennan cooked up scam to delegitimize Trump and denigrate Russia. Republicans want the Nunes memo released.
Following his State of the Union address, Trump said he would release the memo “100 per cent” – in conversation with Rep. Jeff Duncan on the House floor.
White House chief of staff John Kelly said “(i)t will be released here pretty quick, I think, and then the whole world can see it.”
The FBI wants the memo’s contents suppressed, fearful of its dirty linen revealed, a statement saying the bureau has “grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”
US intelligence officials oppose release of the memo, falsely claiming it’ll reveal information about FISA monitoring foreign communications.
An unnamed US official said “(t)here are no intelligence community equities involved in the memo, and nothing in the memo or the attached documents violates any national security-related processes.”
“This memo does not deal with any international issues, only domestic issues. (It) is expected to be released by Friday and the White House isn’t expected to object.”
Undemocratic Dems are panicking. Anti-Trump Rep. Adam Schiff hasn’t seen the memo. Yet he accused Nunes of altering its contents, claiming he made “material changes,” citing no evidence corroborating his accusation.
Some Dems and media scoundrels suggested Nunes is a “Russian agent” – more evidence of how low they stoop.
On Thursday, Nunes released a statement, saying:
“Having stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year, it’s no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ issue spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance abuses at these agencies.”
“The FBI is intimately familiar with ‘material omissions’ with respect to their presentations to both Congress and the courts, and they are welcome to make public, to the greatest extent possible, all the information they have on these abuses.”
“Regardless, it’s clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an American political campaign.”
“Once the truth gets out, we can begin taking steps to ensure our intelligence agencies and courts are never misused like this again.”
On Monday, majority GOP House Intelligence Committee members approved release of the memo. According to House rules, Trump has until Friday to permit or deny it.
As explained above, he’s expected to order the memo released. An unnamed House member said the memo was written to assure “there wouldn’t be any national security damage.”
Perhaps on Friday, we’ll all have a chance to know what’s in the memo. If alleged wrongdoing was committed by high-level FBI and Justice Department officials, heads should roll, followed by prosecution.
My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”