Nick GillespieAs Scott Shackford reports, the White House has cleared the release of a classified memo by House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that purports to show that FBI agents and others at the Department of Justice (DOJ) acted out of political motives in surveilling Carter Page, a campaign adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump. Nunes’ Democratic counterpart, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has called out Nunes in no uncertain terms:
“The selective release and politicization of classified information sets a terrible precedent and will do long-term damage to the Intelligence Community and our law enforcement agencies.”
But to the extent that Schiff is trying to suggest the FBI and DOJ aren’t constantly acting out of political motives and basic incompetence that hurt their credibility, he’s completely out to lunch. Both of these units of government have remarkably and well-deserved bad reputations stretching back decades.
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