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Ryan defends handling of GOP memo as proper

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was published January 31, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes heads to a GOP conference Tuesday at the Capitol.

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday defended the way that Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes handled a politically divisive vote to publicize a classified memo detailing alleged surveillance abuses by federal law enforcement agencies, but he warned against using it to discredit the special counsel's probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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23cal says... January 31, 2018 at 6:26 a.m.

"The President has not seen or been briefed on the memo or reviewed its contents," she said in a statement."
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Seems odd that he has been calling for the release of something he knows nothing about. Makes one wonder why he isn't also calling for the release of the Democrat rebuttal so Americans can read both and make a decision based on all available information.
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Anyone who thinks Nunes didn't virtually trot his memo over there and read it to Trump hasn't been paying attention.
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Just the usual stream of lies coming out of the White House. Must be a day ending in "y".

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BOLTAR says... January 31, 2018 at 7:48 a.m.

This will ultimately prove to be merely one more discredited attempt to undercut the legitimate investigation into Agent Orange's malfeasance. After yet another exaggerated kerfluffle, President Putin Puppet will resume his forced march toward perjury, pleading the Fifth Amendment, or firing Mueller enroute to impeachment in 2019.

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hah406 says... January 31, 2018 at 8:48 a.m.

Ryan knows better. There is nothing proper about this. It is unprecedented. Nunes is a partisan hack, and this memo was drafted by his staff alone. If this is about transparency then you have to release the democrat's letter at the exact same time and let the public decide. Of course, none of this will matter in 2019 when the Muller report drops and congress makes a decision on impeachment with the Dems in charge.

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TimberTopper says... January 31, 2018 at 8:56 a.m.

There's not much to Ryan, and even less on this Nunes guy!

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Packman says... January 31, 2018 at 9:38 a.m.

Republicans don't need to be spiking the ball just yet. The memo was written by partisan hacks and must be property vetted before any conclusions are drawn. That being said, if the memo is factual let the chips fall where they may. If the memo indicates officials at the highest levels of the DOJ and FBI attempted to influence the outcome of a presidential election an investigation MUST be ordered.
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This isn't about partisan politics. It's about right and wrong and possible corruption within some of our most respected governmental institutions. Those making it about partisan politics (23cal, Boltar, hah, and Timber) care more about being butthurt that Hillary lost than what's best for America.

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PopMom says... January 31, 2018 at 10:12 a.m.

Boltar and Hah nailed it. My concern is that there is some info. in the memo which will endanger some of our spies. If it does, it won't take Putin long to kill them.

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Dontsufferfools says... January 31, 2018 at 10:27 a.m.

One can hardly fault the Obama administration for worrying about whether Russia had compromised Trump or members of his inner circle, given the information U.S. intelligence operations was bringing to them. The Flynn-Kushner attempt to open a communications channel to the Kremlin VIA THE RUSSIAN EMBASSY is hair-raising. Meanwhile, Kremlin-connected people like Manafort, Ross and Tillerson come out of nowhere to get positions around Trump; Carter Page, Flynn and Papadopoulus lie to the FBI about their doings with the Russians; all the while Trump is rubbing up against Putin like a hungry kitten and being very secretive about his business financing. I doubt the Nunes memo will note it, but the the most alarming information about the Trump team's Russia links came from allied countries in Europe. If the Steele dossier was used it was only to augment the case for surveillance. Some in the GOP have dug in too deep around Trump. I assume that, short of a confession, they'll continue to rationalize and explain away all of the loaves of bread leading from Trump Tower to the Kremlin. This is an email that Felix Sater, a Trump business associate who was born in Russia and has connections there, sent to Trump lawyer Michael Cohen in 2015: “Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,” wrote Sater. “I will get all of [Vladimir] Putins [sic] team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.… I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected.”

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BOLTAR says... January 31, 2018 at 11:10 a.m.

Thoughtful comments all. I'm impressed at the absence of the usual trollery. Maybe our refusal to engage is having a positive impact.

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Packman says... January 31, 2018 at 11:55 a.m.

Hey Pop - Bullsh*t! Your concern is the Mueller investigation will totally exonerate President Trump over allegations of both Russian collusion and obstruction of justice and instead the evidence will lead to treason by BH Obama as he attempted to influence the outcome of a presidential election. THAT, Pop, is what keeps you up at night.
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Cannot imagine the anger the judge(s) that approved those FISA warrants will feel when it is concluded the Steele memo was chock full of Russia propaganda provided by the Hillary Clinton campaign with an assist from BH Obama and his minions at DOJ and the FBI. The FISA court is where the sh*t will really hit the fan. And it cannot happen soon enough.

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DoubleBlind says... January 31, 2018 at 1:06 p.m.

The drama surrounding this ‘memo’ is laughable. If there were anything remotely meaty in it, it would already be out there. I’m guessing it will end up reading like one of those ransom notes made by cutting words from a newspaper and sticking them on a piece of paper. I also think it’s rich that Kelly said ‘Trump wants everything out there so the American people can make up their own minds.’ If that’s the case, where are the tax returns?

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