Congressional Democrats Are Not Mincing Words in Responding to the Nunes MemoPhoto by Mark Wilson/Getty Politics News Nunes Memo
After weeks of build, the controversial Nunes memo hit the newswire this afternoon, and now top Democrats are getting their chance to respond. Oh, are they responding.
A collection of top Congressional Democrats penned a letter to President Trump warning that any “unwarranted action” he takes against FBI and Department of Justice officials using the memo as proof would be seen “as an attempt to obstruct justice in the Russia investigation.” The group also stated that the firing of Rod Rosenstein or Bob Mueller “could result in a constitutional crisis of the kind not seen since the Saturday Night Massacre.”
Top Senate and House Dems have written to Trump, warning him against using the Nunes memo as a justification for firing Rosenstein or Mueller, saying they’d view it as attempted obstruction and that it’d cause a constitutional crisis not seen since the Saturday Night Massacre. pic.twitter.com/A76lfZk6Kg
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 2, 2018
The letter decries the House Intelligence Committee’s “decision to release a partisan and misleading memo over the objections of your own Federal Bureau of Investigation Director and Department of Justice was a transparent attempt to discredit the hard-working men and women of law enforcement who are investigating Russia’s interference with our Presidential election and that nation’s ties to your campaign.”
That’s some hot political fire, but what started with the letter overflowed onto Twitter.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the president “surrendered his constitutional responsibility as Commander-in-Chief by releasing Nunes’ unredacted, classified memo” and that his decision “is a bouquet to his friend Putin.”
.@realDonaldTrump has surrendered his constitutional responsibility as Commander-in-Chief by releasing Nunes’ unredacted, classified memo. His decision undermines our national security and is a bouquet to his friend Putin. pic.twitter.com/kdUgIrCE6l
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) February 2, 2018
Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence committee, called the memo’s release “reckless and demonstrates an astonishing disregard for the truth.” He also stated that he’s read the documents the memo is derived from and “they simply do not support its conclusions.”
The release of the #NunesMemo by House Intelligence Committee Republicans and the White House, over the objections of the FBI and the Department of Justice, is reckless and demonstrates an astonishing disregard for the truth.
— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) February 2, 2018
Former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders deemed the decision to release the memo “a sad example of a political party putting partisanship over patriotism,” while Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin said the memo’s release sends the country down “a dangerous path.”
The release of the Nunes memo is a blatant attempt by House Republicans and the White House to disrupt the critically important investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 2, 2018
We are headed down a dangerous path. Using the Nunes Memo as a pretext to fire Rod Rosenstein, Robert Mueller, or other DOJ leadership would clearly be an attempt to obstruct justice in the Russia investigation.
Our letter to the President: pic.twitter.com/YB5nfhxNF7
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) February 2, 2018
Even Republican senator John McCain condemned the action, saying in a statement, “The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests—no party’s, no president’s, only Putin’s.”
The memo has only been public knowledge for a few hours, but its ramifications are sure to last much, much longer. It just seems like it’s going to impact the partisan divide in the country more than any legal issue. We’re sure there will be more fallout from it, and there surely will be more ridicule and condemnation as it unravels.