Sen. John McCain On Nunes Memo Release: ‘We Are Doing Putin’s Job For Him’

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz. ) delivered a harsh rebuke towards fellow Republicans who agreed to to push out a memo by House Intelligence Chief Devin Nunes against the wishes from the U. S. intelligence community.

Nunes on Friday released the memo right after President Donald Trump declassified this . The memo alleges that will officials at the FBI and Section of Justice displayed active prejudice against the Trump campaign in the initial phases of the Russia investigation, which was later on taken over by special counsel Robert Mueller.  

In a statement soon before the memo’ s release, McCain didn’ t pull any your punches.  

“ In 2016, the particular Russian government engaged in an elaborate story to interfere in an American political election and undermine our democracy, ” McCain said. “ Russia utilized the same tactics it has used to impact elections around the world, from France plus Germany to Ukraine, Montenegro plus beyond. ”

McCain said Russia’ s interference has, at best, sown political discord and succeeded within “ dividing us from one another. ” Attacking the intelligence local community is not how to fix the discord, he said.

Ahead of its approaching releases,   the FBI required the extraordinary step of giving a public statement to express its  “ grave concerns about materials omissions of fact   that fundamentally impact the memo’ s accuracy. ”

“ The newest attacks against the FBI and Division of Justice serve no United states interests ― no party’ h, no President’ s, only Putin’ s, ”   McCain additional. “ The American people should have to know all the facts surrounding Russia’ s ongoing efforts to subvert our democracy, which is why Special Lawyer Mueller’ s investigation must continue unimpeded. Our nation’ s selected officials, including the president, must quit looking at this investigation through the zoom lens of politics and manufacturing politics sideshows. If we continue to undermine our very own rule of law, we are performing Putin’ s job for him. ”

On Thursday, House Minority Innovator Nancy Pelosi  sent a notice   to House Speaker John Ryan to demand that Nunes be removed from his position.

“ Congressman Nunes’ intentionally dishonest actions make him unsuitable to serve as Chairman, and he should be removed immediately from his placement, ” she said.