GOP Congressman Who’s Seen Nunes Memo Says It’s Not the ‘End-All Smoking Gun’


In recent days, House Republicans and Trump loyalists in the media have been banging the drum about a memo that was written by House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes and his staff, calling for the memo to be publicly released. It has been suggested by some GOPers who’ve seen the memo that it contains explosive details about FISA abuses in the Russia probe.

One Republican congressman, however, wanted to tamp down expectations as the House Intelligence Committee gathered to potentially vote on releasing the memo.

Appearing on MSNBC this afternoon, Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) acknowledged to Katy Tur that he had seen the memo. Asked if the memo shows that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein approved an application to spy on ex-Trump campaign advisor Carter Page, Walker said that he couldn’t get into specifics. But he did want to issue a warning to those hoping this will bring down the Russia investigation.

“If your audience or somebody is believing this is the end all smoking gun — it isn’t,” the North Carolina lawmaker noted. “It doesn’t name names, presenting some intriguing facts as I would share it, that makes you ask even more questions.”

He added, “But to make the case that this is the most shocking document in the history of mankind, I believe that’s a little hyperbole.”

Tur went on to ask him why he wanted the memo to be released if there wasn’t much to it, leading to a somewhat tense debate on Nunes’ credibility, the Steele dossier, and classified information.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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