As Twitchy reported Monday, the Democrats were out in force once the House Intelligence Committee voted to #ReleaseTheMemo to the public (pending review by President Trump). Overall, the spin is that committee chair Devin Nunes, who authored the report, is attacking the FBI and the intelligence community.
Rep. Ted Lieu reassured liberals that the release of the Nunes memo was akin to Geraldo Rivera opening Al Capone’s vault, while others took a more aggressive approach. Rep. Eric Swalwell has repeatedly called the report a “brainwashing memo” pushed by Russian bots.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) January 30, 2018
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, though, came right out on CNN and told Chris Cuomo that Republicans on the committee had “made up a memo that isn’t even true” and were “lying to the American people.”
However, sources say senior FBI officials have now seen the memo and aren’t finding the lies. Fox News Sunday producer Pat Ward tweeted:
Two Senior FBI officials have now reviewed the Republican staff memo, alleging abuses of government surveillance programs during the 2016 election, a source familiar with the matter tells Fox News, adding that the officials “could not point to any factual inaccuracies.”
— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) January 30, 2018
Useful if true, but this is (1) Fox summarizing (2) an unnamed source describing (3) the reactions of two unnamed FBI officials to (4) a summary memo describing (5) the underlying source documents. https://t.co/OBrRveD2Jb
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) January 30, 2018
Those are all fair points, but it certainly does pose a challenge to the narrative being shopped by Pelosi — that the memo is “made up.”
“could not point to any factual inaccuracies.” https://t.co/G06xxTT8qv
— Laurelt1 (@LaurelT1) January 30, 2018
— Nigel's Mustache (@baileylewis23) January 30, 2018
Looks like the fallout will continue, despite Adam Schiff's damage control and grandstanding to hide abusive govt. First time Schiff ever did not leak information. https://t.co/qWqWo7XD7F
— Rich Brown (@HRleaderRich) January 30, 2018
But the Democrats have Muh feelz https://t.co/3d00CZftIr
— DOC (@doctormalibu) January 30, 2018
What the Democrats have is their own counter-memo, which the committee voted not to release. Rep. Mark Meadows has read it, and shared his impressions on Twitter Tuesday.
I've read the counter-memo from Intel Dems. It contains several factual errors and sourcing issues–when these are fixed, I believe the memo should be made public to all Americans.
But let's be clear: nothing in this memo suggests ANY factual inaccuracies in the original memo.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) January 30, 2018
So even the memo written to counter the Nunes memo doesn’t cite any factual inaccuracies in the Nunes memo? Could Nancy Pelosi be lying?
— David Morgan (@StarCoreOne02) January 30, 2018
— Jo (@Moonglow104) January 30, 2018
— Lori Baldwin (@Lori_L_Baldwin) January 30, 2018