There can no longer be any doubt that we now have a propaganda presidency, in collusion with Republican leaders in Congress who care more about protecting Donald Trump than America’s security and institutions.
As soon as Friday and with the blessing of the White House, the House Intelligence Committee is expected to release the infamous memo attacking the FBI for its handling of the Russia and Hillary Clinton email investigations.
Two Californians are playing leading roles in this memo melodrama – Rep. Devin Nunes of Tulare, a hero to Trump supporters who has used his perch as chairman of the Intelligence Committee to defend the president, and Rep. Adam Schiff of Burbank, the top Democrat on the committee and chief nemesis to Nunes.
This is a historically irresponsible and political use of classified intelligence, and it ignores unusual warnings from the FBI and the Justice Department. The FBI says it has “grave concerns” that the memo isn’t accurate, while the Justice Department says it would be “extraordinarily reckless” to release the memo without adequate review for possible risk to intelligence gathering and ongoing investigations.
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Yet that isn’t stopping Trump and his Republican acolytes. The only question appears to be how much, if any, of the four-page memo the White House agrees to black out due to national security concerns before returning it to the House for public release.
The memo is clearly the latest attempt to spin conspiracy theories about the FBI and to discredit and weaken special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of…