The White House is finally getting the message that the right wing TV (FOX) and websites like Breitbart, InfoWars and the Conservative Treehouse blog have been over-hyping the value of the Rep. Devin Nunes Anti-FBI memo, 4 pages of selectively collected notes compiled from intelligence material (FISA warrant regarding Carter Page). The right has been touting this memo as the one sure vehicle to blow the FBI Trump-Russian probe to smithereens where the republican President Donald Trump would be vindicated to where he would be released from this witch hunt. Unfortunately, this is where conspiracy theories built into a convincing narrative, but in reality “fake news” can do real harm.
It has been reported that the president’s Chief of Staff General John Kelly who had been a strong proponent of releasing this memo, has advised the president that it will not have the impact they had anticipated.
This is another success story for Russia’s 2016 relentless attack on US politics, where they can smile and celebrate about how much discord they have sowed into our politics where real damage is being done to our democratic institutions. What is so disheartening to observe, is that it is our own who are assisting Russia to meet its goal.
Here’s the rest of the story…
On February 1, 2018, Jonathan Swan of AXIOS penned the following report, “Rising White House fear: Nunes memo is a dud”
“Inside the Trump administration, sources who’ve been briefed on the Nunes memo expect it will be underwhelming and not the “slam dunk” document it’s been hyped up to be.”
“What we’re hearing: There is much more skepticism inside the administration than has been reported about the value of releasing the memo, according to sources familiar with the administration discussions.”