MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough called the Nunes memo a “sleazy political purge” on Tuesday and claimed Republicans are lying to push a political agenda.
“Many who did read Nunes’ memo say it falsely summarized a reality and filled with all of these falsehoods and these, 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 said on “Morning Joe.” “So this is a cynical game that Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy and Devin Nunes that anybody that empowers Devin Nunes is playing.”
Scarborough claimed the GOP wants to confuse people through misinformation and is purposely hiding the truth from the public.
“They push to release a memo that is distorted by what’s in it, and what’s distorted by what is not in it,” he said. “And they know that will misinform the public but they also know this, Mika — they know that the facts that would actually allow Americans to know the entire truth about what happened, are so highly classified, that guess what, the public will never get to see those details. And for good reason, because we don’t want classified information out.”
Scarborough then sided with Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) judges and accused House Speaker Paul Ryan and California Congressman Devin Nunes of smearing the intelligence community to further the “maniacal desires” of President Donald Trump.
“So Ryan and Nunes want to release a half-truth that turns out to be a whole lie. A twisted and distorted lie. Since Ryan thinks the public will never learn the full facts, he and Nunes can skate by on their lie,” Scarborough concluded. “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 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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