Devin Nunes' Hometown Paper Excoriates Him for Promoting 'Ridiculous' Conspiracy About FBI

The government is due to shutdown by midnight on Friday unless an agreement is passed

The Justice Department warned the House Intelligence Committee chairman on Wednesday that it was "extraordinarily reckless" for Republicans to push to release a committee memo that draws on classified information to portray the origins of the Russian investigation as scandalous.

WASHINGTON-A fight is intensifying over a memo that its Republican authors say describes abuses by USA intelligence agencies in probing Russian election interference, as Democrats and law-enforcement officials demand additional access to the document and the classified intelligence underpinning it. Democrats, in turn, have accused Republicans of constructing a false narrative in an attempt to undermine the inquiry on behalf of Trump.

Indeed, the memo was drafted by Nunes, R-California, and his staff, as the chairman weighs whether to hold a committee vote as early as next week calling for the memo's public release. Sessions is not only under pressure of his own from Republicans to purge the Justice Department of anyone who isn't a Trump loyalist, it wouldn't be surprising if he's desperate to show the president that he can help protect him from the Russian Federation probe, as Trump has said plainly he wishes Sessions would do.

Still, the Nunes memo has generated high interest across the Capitol given the seriousness of the allegations, and prominent senators have shown an interest in viewing the document.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he is planning on writing his own memo, which will supposedly set the record straight on the Nunes memo.

At a committee meeting on Monday, Democrats will make a motion to allow their memo to be made available to any House members who want to come to the panel's secure room to read it, Schiff said.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), also on Fox News, said, "I am all for releasing the memo". "Some of those things you won't see".

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"Many who've seen the memo say it's misleading, distracting and lacking context", said Smith, who claimed the entire controversy lacks real substance.

The Department of Justice on Wednesday warned congressional Republicans against the release of-or reliance upon-a memo said to document abuses of the US surveillance state apparatus. Still, as recently as Wednesday, Trump-backing GOP members have gone on TV to hype the memo and suggest impropriety among the FBI's ranks. Strzok says "You and I both know the odds are nothing".

Burr, R-North Carolina, has kept his public distance from the House investigation and Nunes, particularly Nunes' concerns over the "unmasking" of Trump officials in intelligence documents, as well as the recent dust-up over missing FBI text messages provided to Congress.

As Republicans struggled to keep that weak conspiracy theory afloat, a bigger story emerged: The fiancee of a former Trump foreign policy adviser who is now cooperating with Muller predicted that the adviser would emerge as a key figure in the inquiry.

This big conspiracy was far-reaching and powerful enough to disappear months of texts from thousands of Federal Bureau of Investigation employees, but missed the single text that provided the clue about what was going on?

The complaint, filed by the nonpartisan calls on the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Nunes or committee staff leaked closed-door testimony of the head of the company that produced the bombshell dossier of Russian information on. They didn't weave a dark tale of a sinister, hidden conspiracy coursing through the government trying to bring the president down. The importance of discrediting the F.B.I. will increase as Mueller moves closer to laying out a case that Trump obstructed justice and that his associates lied to investigators.

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