Scarborough Slams Memo: ‘Sleazy Political Purge’ to ‘Feed the Paranoid and Maniacal Desires’ of Trump


MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough went off on Republican lawmakers after they voted to release the memo compiled by Rep. Devin Nunes that purports to show political bias that has tainted the Russia investigation.

The House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines regarding the the memo, and President Donald Trump is expected to approve its release this week — to the dismay of his own Justice Department, which has warned the release of the memo would be “extremely reckless.”

“Nunes’s memo twists the truth and plays these crude political games with highly secret intelligence,” Scarborough said on Morning Joe. “Most of the Republicans who voted to release this controversial memo, that the Justice Department said would be extraordinarily reckless, had never even read the memo.”

“And many who did read Nunes’ memo say that it falsely summarized a reality and it’s filled with all of these falsehoods and these misleading conclusions, all in an attempt to slur law enforcement officers, that Donald Trump — I don’t know how I should say this, he’s targeted them for a political purge.”

Scarborough continued that the memo is part of a “cynical game” by Republicans, stating that Nunes and House Speaker Paul Ryan “want to release a half-truth that turns out to be a whole lie.”

“A twisted and distorted lie,” he said. “Since Ryan thinks the public will never learn the full facts, he and Nunes can skate by on their lie. They can smear the men and women of the FBI. They can smear the professionals at the Justice Department, who said this would be really reckless to put out there. They can even smear distinguished FISA judges and they can smear the entire intelligence community by extension.”

“All to take part in a sleazy political purge that we’ve been seeing unfolding before our eyes, to feed the paranoid and maniacal desires of Donald Trump.”

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