House Intelligence Committee (HSC) Chairman Devin Nunes released a memo that misrepresented the truth about the FBI’s Russia investigation, using it for partisan reasons, asserts Adam B. Schiff of The Washington Post. The memo mentioned only certain facts and seems to be promoting a narrative that undermines the probe into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion. Nunes, who is Republican, is likely trying to protect his party’s influence. This sets an incredibly worrying precedent and directly undermines US intelligence agencies. The HSC tradition as a nonpartisan upholder of justice is being broken.
The mainstream media’s backlash to the Nunes memo is overblown; the document will rightly show the public what is going on, assert the editors of National Review. While some have presented it as a PR move and a danger to the country, Nunes is justified in feeling uneasy about the secretive way the FBI has handled its investigation. Its blocking of a Republican-led inquiry into the probe seemed suspicious. American intelligence agencies aren’t being endangered, by the memo, as it is being released by the book and the White House will censor any classified information. The American people deserve to know about the Russia investigation.