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Sunday, February 11, 2018

McCain condemns Trump, GOP attacks on law enforcement

Says the country needs to know what role Russia played in 2016 election

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on partisan attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice:

In 2016, the Russian government engaged in an elaborate plot to interfere in an American election and undermine our democracy. Russia employed the same tactics it has used to influence elections around the world, from France and Germany to Ukraine, Montenegro, and beyond. Putin’s regime launched cyberattacks and spread disinformation with the goal of sowing chaos and weakening faith in our institutions. And while we have no evidence that these efforts affected the outcome of our election, I fear they succeeded in fueling political discord and dividing us from one another.

The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests – no party’s, no president’s, only Putin’s. The American people deserve to know all of the facts surrounding Russia’s ongoing efforts to subvert our democracy, which is why Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation must proceed unimpeded. Our nation’s elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan sideshows. If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him.

As The Hill reported: “Trump has seized on the memo as evidence of a bias in the top ranks of the intelligence community.”

Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling“The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans – something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people,” he said in a tweet.

A few minutes later, he followed up with an additional post, quoting Tom Fitton of the ultra-conservative Judicial Watch: ‘You had Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party try to hide the fact that they gave money to GPS Fusion to create a Dossier which was used by their allies in the Obama Administration to convince a Court misleadingly, by all accounts, to spy on the Trump Team.’ Tom Fitton, JW”

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) a vocal critic of the Trump administration was one of the first Democrats to respond to the release of the “Nunes Memo.”
On #MemoDay we have a NOTHING BURGER! What does the misleading #NunesMemo NOT SAY? -Doesn’t say relevant parts of Dossier are false -Doesn’t say Russia investigation based on Dossier -Doesn’t say no probable cause for Carter Page -Doesn’t say @FBI / DOJ violated any specific law
Lieu was tweeting in response to a post by Yahoo News containing the full text of the GOP's controversial secret FISA memo .

Samuel Warde is a writer, social and political activist, and all-around troublemaker.