Devin Nunes, of the House Intelligence Committee, released a highly charged memo alleging that "politically motivated material was used to petition the government for a warrant to [surveil] an American citizen."
However, despite his position as the majority head on the committee, Nunes reportedly did not see fit to review the evidence surrounding his major claim.
“No, I didn’t,” Nunes told Fox News’s Bret Baier, when asked if he saw the evidence himself.
"The chairman never bothered to go read these underlying materials," said Adam Schiff (D-CA) told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday. "After months and months of making this argument that the FBI and DOJ are involved in some sort of conspiracy, he didn't even bother to read the materials himself."
Up until this interview with Baier, Nunes waved away these claims as "bogus".
This Kremlin disclosure shows what can happen when the Chair of the House Intel Committee writes a memo & makes statements without actually reading the underlying evidence.— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) February 4, 2018
Devin Nunes must recuse himself from his current recusal, sort of like double secret probation recusal. https://t.co/EJJsmA45UZ
Trump says re memo: “What’s happening in this country is a disgrace. A lot of people should be ashamed.” Agree. Donald Trump should be ashamed. Devin Nunes should be ashamed. And every Republican looking the other way on this partisan attack on law enforcement should be ashamed.— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) February 2, 2018
This adds up to more smoke and mirrors by the GOP to halt the Russia investigation against the President. However, the tactic is slowly backfiring.
I hear Devin Nunes released a memo his staff wrote about the FBI. So in response I’m going to release a fart in my bedroom. They’re both made of hot air, stink to high heaven, and thankfully will be forgotten in moments.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 4, 2018
Judge Rudolph Contreras was also appointed to rule on General Fynn's case. What a coincidence? He just happened to recuse himself from that case a couple of weeks ago, when news of the Nunes Memo first hit the wire— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) February 3, 2018
H/T: The Hill