On Friday, Devin Nunes released a highly controversial memo alleging that the FBI abused its surveillance powers. The memo further alleges that the FISA warrant which actuated the surveillance should not have been granted in the first place as it relied heavily (or entirely) on the Steele dossier, otherwise known as the Trump-Russia dossier.
Nunes, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, was determined to release his “memo” despite the fact that both the FBI and the DOJ warned against it. TheDepartment of Justice warned that making the memo public would be “extraordinarily reckless’. The FBI, which is now under the leadership Trump’s own appointee Christopher Wray said the FBI had “grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”
Devin Nunes was later eviscerated by The Fresno Bee — the newspaper right in the heart of his district — in an editorial. That editorial referred to referring to Congressman Nunes as “Trump’s stooge.”
Democrats on the intelligence committee maintain that the memo willfully distorted classified information in an effort to discredit the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. More importantly, according to multiple Democrats on the committee, the version that Nunes sent to the White House isn’t even the version on which they voted. To be clear, the Democrats voted against releasing the memo at all.
Though his long-awaited memo has been declared a total dud, and is only 3.5 pages long, it’s currently being picked apart for errors. Not typos, mind you, factual errors.
But now things are going from really bad to worse for Devin Nunes as Andrew Janz, a Democrat who plans to challenge Nunes in November. On Thursday, the Fresno County Deputy District Attorney released an attack ad targeting Nunes, the memo, and his involvement in the whole mess.
Andrew Janz released via Twitter:
With your help I’m going to beat Devin Nunes in November. Unless Mueller gets to him first. #removenunes
— Andrew Janz (@JanzforCongress) February 2, 2018
Hopefully Mueller gets Devin Nunes first. Failing that: we’re rooting for you, Mr. Janz!