I don’t believe for a second that Donald Trump actually read the four-page memo produced by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA). While I obviously can’t prove it, I’m almost certain that the entirety of Trump’s “knowledge” about the contents of Nunes’ memo came from what his staffers told him and what Sean Hannity hyped it up to be.
Just listen to the way he spoke out about it on Friday.
Trump didn’t talk about any details contained within the memo. He spoke about it in vague terms, referring to its contents as a “disgrace,” while offering almost no sort of specific details about what, exactly, he felt was “disgraceful.”
Most likely because he doesn’t know those details — since he’s probably never read the thing.
Then there’s this idiotic tweet he sent out Saturday morning:
This memo totally vindicates “Trump” in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2018
In no way does this memo provide any sort of “vindication for Trump.”
Had Trump actually read the thing — which, again, I don’t believe that he did — then he’d know it actually reveals that the investigation into his campaign began in July, well before the Steele dossier played any sort of a role.
Furthermore, considering that both the Department of Justice and the FBI have said that the memo leaves out key details and paints an inaccurate depiction of the facts concerning the FISA warrant that was issued, there’s no doubt that there’s information Nunes specifically left out that would obviously debunk the notion that Steele’s unverified dossier was the main piece of evidence used to reauthorize the warrant.
But this memo doesn’t do anything to negate facts, such as how:
- Four people linked to his campaign have been indicted, including his former campaign manager and national security advisor.
- Two have pleaded guilty for lying to the FBI about their communication with Russians.
- There remain serious questions concerning whether or not Trump has repeatedly tried to obstruct justice.
- Robert Mueller wants to question Trump regarding his son’s meeting with Russians who had promised the campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton.
The only thing this joke of a memo did was omit key details surrounding the issuance of a FISA warrant in a blatant attempt to slander U.S. intelligence and the FBI by pushing the idea that this whole process has been a farce — all because Christopher Steele, the former British spy tasked with looking into this “president’s” ties to Russia (first for Republicans, and then for the Clinton campaign), isn’t a fan of Trump.
Though the memo does verify that the FBI has found Steele to be a reliable and credible source of information in the past.
So the fact Trump laughably claimed that Nunes’ memo “vindicates him” is, in my opinion, proof that he never actually read the thing.
At best it raises questions concerning what intelligence was used to obtain the FISA warrant on Page. Yet that’s not even true, either, because the memo omits key details the FBI has said debunk the narrative Nunes is clearly trying to push.
So even if you want to claim that this memo raises questions about how the FISA warrant was granted, that doesn’t negate the fact that four people linked to Trump’s campaign have been indicted, two have pleaded guilty, there are serious questions concerning whether or not he’s repeatedly tried to obstruct justice, his son met with Russians during the 2016 campaign promising him dirt on Hillary Clinton, and that Robert Mueller’s investigation is far from being over.
All Donald Trump did with this tweet is provide yet another example that he’s a bona fide fool who has absolutely no idea what he’s doing or what he’s talking about.