According to President Donald Trump, the recently declassified memo that was released to the American people accurately informs the public that he is not guilty. Specifically, the now declassified memo highlights abuse from the intelligence departments of the federal government during the 2016 election.
For more than a year now, President Trump has called the investigation into Russian interference both a total waste of time as well as a complete “witch hunt.” This memo goes to support his claims and, as President Trump exclaimed, “totally vindicate” him.
On the morning of February 3rd, the President tweeted that “This memo entirely vindicates ‘Trump’ in the probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and On. There 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!
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
The driving force behind the creation and public release of the memo is Devin Nunes, the California Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman. Nunes has, on multiple occasions, cited that the release of this memo and related information is “an obligation to the American people.”
In the memo, Nunes clearly indicates that there is evidence to sustain the claim that there were multiple instances where the Department of Justice and the FBI abused the power of intelligence and intelligence gathering capabilities during the 2016 presidential election. The most damning of the allegations found in the memo is precisely the accusation of both the FBI and DOJ illegally requesting and obtaining surveillance warrants all while there was no actual anti_trump dossier.
What makes this claim all the more alarming is a comment made by former FBI Deputy Director
Andrew McCabe who added that “no surveillance warrant would have been sought without the Steele dossier information.”
While the release of this memo is a step in the right direction, there are still many questions that have been left unanswered. Our fingers are crossed that the release of the Nunes memo is just one of many corrective actions that will soon take place. Then, just maybe, the endless battle of pointing fingers about an election that happened over a year ago can come to a close, and both parties can focus on what matters most – America and its citizens.