From the editorial board of the New York Times:
In nearly every crime-caper movie there’s a shifty guy on the street corner who, seeing the cops in hot pursuit, flips over a fruit cart to slow them down and give the culprits a chance to get away.
In Trump-era Washington, that role is being played with impressive conviction by Devin Nunes, the eight-term Republican representative from California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Mr. Nunes, supported by a rotating coterie of conspiracists in Congress and the usual suspects on right-wing cable news, has labored to divert attention from the expanding Russia investigation by tossing out sinister-sounding allegations of wrongdoing by federal law enforcement officials.
For the past week or so, Mr. Nunes — who supposedly recused himself from the Russia inquiry last April — has been dangling something even juicier: a classified memo by the committee’s Republican staff that is said to allege that the investigation was corrupted from the start by law enforcement officials intent on toppling Mr. Trump. In the heat of the 2016 presidential race, the memo reportedly claims, the F.B.I. tricked the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court into issuing a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign.
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