The Fresno Bee, the newspaper of the most important metropolis in Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesHouse Freedom Caucus lobbied Trump for help in releasing FBI memo: report Overnight Tech: Dems push Facebook, Twitter to investigate Russian bots | Record lobbying year for tech | Uber hires chief diversity officer | Feds probe Tesla autopilot crash Overnight Cybersecurity: Mueller interviewed Sessions in Russia probe | Comey met investigators last year | Dems demand social media firms probe Russian bots | Missing FBI text messages anger Republicans MORE’s California district, ripped the Republican lawmaker in a scathing editorial this week.
Within the piece, the Bee’s editorial board refers to Nunes as President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: If there’s no wall, there’s no DACA fix Trump appears to call out Samsung over missing FBI text messages Trump Commerce pick told lawmakers he would look at reversing Obama move on internet oversight: report MORE’s “stooge” and criticizes him for prompting GOP assaults on the FBI with a categorized memo that Republicans have latched onto as potential proof of political bias within the FBI.
“[Nunes] actually isn’t representing his Central Valley constituents or Californians, who care far more about well being care, jobs and, sure, defending Dreamers than concerning the newest conspiracy idea,” the editorial board wrote. “As an alternative, he’s doing soiled work for Home Republican leaders attempting to guard President Donald Trump within the Russia investigation.”
Nunes, the chairman of the Home Intelligence Committee, drafted the memo, which purports to element surveillance abuses by the Obama administration in addition to political bias in particular counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation into whether or not the Trump marketing campaign colluded with Russia to win the presidential election. House Republicans have been clamoring for it to be launched.
Democratic members of the committee who’ve seen the memo declare it is stuffed with “inaccuracies” and uncorroborated data. The #ReleaseTheMemo marketing campaign on Twitter was discovered to be pushed by massive numbers of Russia-linked bots.
The Division of Justice warned Nunes to not launch the memo, saying it will be “terribly reckless” to take action with out having it reviewed by FBI and Justice Division officers given the categorized data.
The Bee’s editorial calls Nunes’s efficiency as Home Intelligence Committee chairman “nothing in need of embarrassing” and accuses him of colluding with the White Home to guard Trump moderately than taking Russian interference within the 2016 election significantly.
The Bee additionally expresses intense skepticism concerning the memo, and writes that it’s “ironic” that the GOP is working to “undermine” belief within the FBI. The memo has been criticized as a distraction from Mueller’s investigation.
“Now we’re presupposed to consider some Republicans that there’s some type of anti-Trump ‘secret society’ throughout the FBI? It’s ridiculous,” the newspaper’s editorial board wrote.
“Everybody — Republicans, Democrats, advocacy teams on all sides and the media — ought to do our democracy a favor: Cease with the hyperventilating and let Mueller end his investigation and get to the reality.”