Chris Smith shows his lack of courage and leadership again. By supporting the release of the “Nunes Memo,” Smith endorsed Trump’s attacks on the FBI and DOJ for political gain. This memo has been called inaccurate and misleading by the FBI, and runs counter to what is already public knowledge: the FBI was investigating Trump and Page before the Steele dossier, and received intelligence on Russian efforts from multiple foreign governments.
The memo will sow doubt about the FBI and make future sources less likely to cooperate. Its principal aim is to smear Rod Rosenstein, facilitating his removal and the installation of someone who will shut down the Mueller investigation. As congressional Republicans have shown they are unable to conduct a thorough inquiry, Mueller’s investigation is the only chance we have of determining questions of collusion and obstruction.
This is not the first time Smith has embraced Trumpian falsehoods. Smith accepted the idea of protesters as “paid agitators” during a radio interview last February. A common theme for Republicans last year, it broke into the mainstream when Trump retweeted a random individual’s claim from Texas. Everyone knew it was false, but once again, Smith played along.
The memo is a dangerously irresponsible attempt to mislead the public, and Smith seems willing to accept any harebrained idea to protect himself or the president. A 36-year congressman should know better.
Smith has a chance to set the record straight. He can support HR 3654 and HR 4669 to protect the Mueller investigation.
This letter was also published in the Trentonian.