Here was the exchange: https://t.co/o9dhZbeo1X— Manu Raju (@mkraju) 7 February 2018
Rep. Devin Nunes, the House Intelligence Committee chair and the man behind the controversial Nunes memo, just rebuffed a journalist for asking him about the 4-page document.
Following a GOP conference meeting in Capitol Hill on Tuesday, CNN’s senior Congressional correspondent Manu Raju interviewed Nunes in an attempt to unfold the details attached to the drafting of the memo. Manu asked Nunes if the White House had any contribution in documenting the memo, which accuses senior FBI and Justice Department officials of abusing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in the Russia probe.
Nunes, who believes mainstream media are “basically part” of the Democrat’s team, responded in a bizarre manner.
“Democracy dies in darkness, my friend,” Nunes said, quoting The Washington Post’s slogan. “Get to work.”
Ever since the memo was released and revealed hardly any evidence of wrongdoing by the FBI officials, Republicans have gone silent — whereas before that, the GOP party kept leveling wild accusations of deep-seated corruption against the FBI and Justice Department.
The damning silence over the White House’s involvement in drafting the memo has raised many eyebrows.
There have been a number of times when Nunes kept mum about whether the memo serves as a cover for White House.
Last week, Nunes also reportedly refused to answer Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) about whether he involved White House personnel when he drafted the memo.
Nunes has had a three-word reply: “I’m not answering.”
The memo which was meant to expose FBI and DOJ has itself come under suspicion after House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff accused Nunes of tampering with it.
A rebuttal memo, commissioned by Schiff, will be made public in response to the Nunes memo.
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