In the days leading up to the release of the Nunes memo, both its architects and its critics were united in the belief that its four pages might topple pillars at the FBI and ignite satchels of C-4 at the Department of Justice. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the House Intelligence Committee chairman who spearheaded the memo, believed that his document would prove that the investigation into Russian meddling and Donald Trump was a partisan set-up by the Democrats. Democrats, led by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), howled for the suppression of the memo because it sought to smear law enforcement and taint the Trump investigation.
Trump gave the memo a pursed-lipped but non-specific preview with comments at the White House. “It’s a disgrace what’s happening in our country,” Trump added. “A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves, and much worse than that.” What exactly was
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