Los Angeles – California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman released the following statement in reaction to the release of the Nunes Memo attacking the FBI:
“Trump’s decision to release the Nunes Memo is a page right out of the tinpot dictator handbook. This is an open declaration of war on the FBI and the rule of law. Nunes and Trump are lashing out like guilty men who know investigators are inching closer and closer to exposing their crimes. Devin Nunes must be held to account for his dangerous smear campaign against the FBI. We echo the calls for him to be replaced on the Intelligence Committee. Democrats must be ready to resist even worse actions by Trump to subvert and obstruct justice.”
“That’s it?” former FBI chief James Comey tweeted Friday afternoon following the release of a GOP-authored memo accusing the FBI and DOJ of abusing their surveillance powers. “Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House intel committee, destroyed trust with Intelligence Community, damaged relationship with FISA court, and inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen. For what? DOJ & FBI must keep doing their jobs,” he added. The memo was released at President Trump’s behest, despite objections and concerns from both the FBI and DOJ over inaccuracies and potential risk it could have posed to national security. Comey was infamously fired by President Trump early last year amid a probe into alleged Russian collusion with Trump campaign officials.