John McCain issues statement blasting GOP for Nunes memo- Includes ‘We are doing Putin’s job for him’ (Details)

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On Friday, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted his own party for releasing the Nunes memo that alleges misconduct at the FBI.

Even though the release of the memo was opposed by the FBI and the Justice Department, the memo was released on Friday after Trump declassified it.

In a statement, McCain didn’t hold back.

McCain stated, “In 2016, the Russian government engaged in an elaborate plot to interfere in an American election and undermine our democracy. Russia employed the same tactics it has used to influence elections around the world, from France and Germany to Ukraine, Montenegro and beyond.”

He continued and said that Russia’s inference “succeeded in fueling discord and dividing us from one another.”

He then tore into his colleagues who seemed to ignore the FBI’s warning that there were “material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

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McCain added, “The latest attacks against the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests ― no party’s, no President’s, only Putin’s. The American people deserve to know all the facts surrounding Russia’s ongoing efforts to subvert our democracy, which is why Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation must proceed unimpeded.”

The Arizona senator then ended his statement by blasting Trump and warning that if his party keeps attacking American institutions, then “we are doing Putin’s job for him.”

McCain concluded, “Our nation’s elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the lens of politics and manufacturing political sideshows. If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him.”

Below is the full statement:


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