Republicans releasing the Nunes Memo was a partisan move that hurts our intelligence agencies and damages national security, holds Sheldon Whitehouse of The Washington Post. It's a direct attempt to discredit the Russia investigation in the eyes of the American people. The way that the FBI operates is justly kept from the public. Republicans released information selectively, twisting the truth and making their assertions hard to refute without exposing anything sensitive. Taking things out of context, the Nunes memo created a wild story of conspiracy that doesn’t match the truth. This is a bid to protect Republican power in Washington.
The Nunes Memo came as a response to the FBI mishandling its probe into the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russia, believes Andrew C. McCarthy of National Review. Its lack of neutrality and enthusiasm in getting the investigation going, cutting corners and using questionable information to justify spying on Americans, got itself into this mess. The rules weren’t followed by the book, and Republicans are justified to question why this was the case. A public debacle was made of a process that has historically remained in the shadows. The way that FBI leaders validated an unproven Trump-Russia cooperation narrative was deeply wrong.