On Friday, House Republicans released the controversial and completely partisan Nunes Memo, after the White House gave the thumbs-up, despite objections from both the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Former FBI director James Comey — who’s been an absolute treasure since he started tweeting publicly — reacted to its release as follows:
That’s it? Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House intel committee, destroyed trust with Intelligence Community, damaged relationship with FISA court, and inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen. For what? DOJ & FBI must keep doing their jobs.
— James Comey (@Comey) February 2, 2018
Just one day prior, Comey expressed support for the FBI:
All should appreciate the FBI speaking up. I wish more of our leaders would. But take heart: American history shows that, in the long run, weasels and liars never hold the field, so long as good people stand up. Not a lot of schools or streets named for Joe McCarthy.
— James Comey (@Comey) February 1, 2018
James Comey isn’t wrong about the damage wrought by the Republicans on our intelligence communities. But it’s very good news that the memo was such a dud. Weighing in at a mere 3.5 pages, none of the contents actually prop up the assertion that there was any conspiratorial bias, nor did it get anywhere near proving that the FISA warrant would not have been issued in absence of the Steele dossier.
It’s also impossible to fact check any of the memo’s assertions, as that would involve wading through still-classified information. So, really, the “memo” holds no more credibility than would the diary of an angsty teen with a penchant for conspiracy theories.
While Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22nd) has probably derailed his entire career for this nothingburger of a “memo,” he ostensibly thought that remaining in Trumps good graces would pay dividends. That’s totally reasonable. Manafort, Flynn, Papadopoulos, Gates, Spicer, and Scaramucci stand as shining examples of the way fortunes seem to smile upon Donald Trump’s stable of sycophants.