The Nunes Memo and the political debacle surrounding it has demonstrated the GOP’s effort to twist FBI intelligence in ways that benefit its agenda, infers Elizabeth Goitein of Time. The document itself proves nothing that could actually undermine the Russia investigation. Even if the Steele Dossier was borne from partisan efforts to find dirt on Trump, its assertion that people on the Trump campaign colluded with Russia stands. The GOP has used the memo to halt the FBI’s work to reveal the truth about Trump, who would like to fire its leaders to protect himself. Republicans abused their influence for unjust means.
Thanks to the Nunes Memo we now understand that officials under the Obama administration used faulty intel to justify spying on Trump’s campaign team, writes James Robbins of USA Today. A member of the Justice Department knew that it had com from a Clinton-funded move to discredit Trump but didn’t tell the court, which then allowed the investigation to happen. Robert Mueller’s probe should be stopped because it was started for biased reasons. Because of the Nunes Memo, the public knows that top officials conspired to undo the democratic process. America’s intelligence organizations need to be held accountable for their transgressions.