FBI Statement Tears Into Rep. Devin Nunes: We Have Grave Concerns About His “Material Omissions Of Fact”

Talking Points Memo reports:

In a rare public statement, the FBI on Wednesday expressed “grave concerns” about the accuracy of a congressional Republican memo that purports to show anti-Trump prejudice among senior FBI and Justice Department officials.

It’s extremely unlikely that the highly critical comment would be sent out without the approval of top Trump appointees at the FBI and DOJ. And it comes as the White House appears poised to defy the intelligence community’s wishes and approve the memo’s release. As the FBI put it, the four-page document compiled by staffers for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) contains “material omissions of fact.”

“With regard to the House Intelligence Committee’s memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it,” a statement from the bureau read. “As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

  • clay

    Trump wants the memo released – – Trump can declassify the source material – – Trump can supply one more example of damaging America’s security.

    • Gustav2

      Trump can’t help but to add to the impeachment charges.

      • Jonty Coppersmith

        He’s never going to be impeached. NEVER, even if Pelosi should somehow regain the House Speakership.

        • The_Wretched

          So give up now?

          • Todd20036

            If Trump isn’t impeached because of the GOP, it’s only going to further hurt the GOP.

            One thing the Nazi lawmakers DO care about is their own skins.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Gustav2

      What a patriot!

  • Joe in PA

    unlikely that the highly critical comment would be sent out without the approval of top Trump appointees at the FBI and DOJ….

    Then what the fuck is going on? They approve the statement and then do the exact opposite. WTF?

    • Sam_Handwich
      • Joe in PA

        Ethel Merman would not approve of those lyrics.

        But thanks for putting that song in my head bitch…my high school musical don’t ya know?

        • AJ Drew

          I hadn’t gone there, but due to your comment, now I have. Grrr. “Everything about is… disgusting!” /s

          • Joe in PA

            🎶Everything Mueller will allow…🎶

        • stevenj

          These things happen. And you wanna know why these things happen? Because when people say these things happen, these things happen.

    • BobSF_94117

      The GOP in the House created the memo (allegedly with WH input) and voted to release it. The FBI and DOJ Trumpists have a smidgen more intelligence and oppose the release.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    They’re panicking but the deplorables will believe anything FAKE FAKE FAKE

    https://twitter.com/ryanjreilly/status/958792394551562240

    • Joe in PA

      We are doomed.

    • Harveyrabbit

      I suppose mentioning both McDonalds and #fakenews in a tweet is one way to get the shitgibbon’s attention.

      • Paula

        Maybe we can persuade Donnie to try McD’s all new and improved Cadmium Burger.

        • Harveyrabbit

          It’s getting glowing reviews.

          • perversatile

            You can’t eat but one.

        • McSwagg

          Will that turn him into a cad?
          Oh wait, he already is one.

  • JWC

    Trump wants it cuz Trump is panicking Mueller is to close and Trump is grabbing at straws Nunes is Benedict Arnold incarnate

    • Hank

      And probably up to his Eye Balls in the transition team’s Russia Affair!!!

      • clay

        I hope someone’s decided to follow the money backwards from Nunes’ campaign fund and supporting SuperPACs.

        • The_Wretched

          There should be required disclosures of *all* campaign funding. None of this hiding in 501(c)(3)/(4) or other shelters for endless piles of dark money. it should be an easy matter for any journalist to sort out who is funding a politican and not require a special prosecutor to get to the bottom.

      • Joe in PA

        But thankfully he’s totally recused himself from anything to do with the Russia investigation. SMH.

  • jeffg166

    I would imagine Putin has told his bitch he has to get control of the secret police in this country.

  • Sam_Handwich

    Nunes has that look like he may suddenly spontaneously combust. Here’s hoping!

    • The_Wretched

      I’ve seen less nervous looking mice.

      • Hank

        surrounded by cats!

    • AJ Drew

      He’s got the ears for the porn fantasy, but um, no. No.

    • Cuberly Deux
      • coram nobis

        The Manx cat is ok with that room.

    • Paula

      I’d be satisfied if he strongly resisted arrest. We know how that could work out.

      • Prost Seattle

        He’s not brown.

        • William

          He has a funny name.

        • Paula

          Tell them he’s Portuguese.

    • Jonty Coppersmith

      I think he’s going straight to jail without passing go. That’s why he’s been working so hard colluding with the colluder in chief.

  • Hank
    • The_Wretched

      Seems … redundant.

  • Ray Page

    “As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATIONS accuracy.”

    Fixed it.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    Don’t you love it when these assholes use their FAKE patriotism to justify their cruelty? They’re really shameless. But it works!

    https://twitter.com/Spider_canyon/status/958803786767593472

  • boobert

    Concerns? Maybe because the white house told him what to put in it . lol.

  • Christopher
    • Bob Conti

      Facts don’t matter. Truth doesn’t matter. Even the security of our nation and supporting law enforcement doesn’t matter. All that matters is the flinging of red meat. We don’t value critical thinking anymore. Everybody gets to decide what the facts are and then create their own truth, which is on equal footing with the actual truth. Because they believe it. So it’s true.

  • Leo

    BREAKING (moved from last post) Transcript of House memo approval is up
    https://twitter.com/mkraju/status/958806227097653248

    • William

      wrong post

  • Leo
  • HZ81

    Traitor.

  • Rex

    It’s all very obvious what they’re trying to do, and they’re not very good at it.

    • perversatile

      ”The Venality of Boll Weevils”.

  • William

    It’s time the FBI goes on the attack.

    • canoebum

      They could start by arresting a few people: Nunes, Kushner, Priebus, just off the top of my head.

      • AJ Drew

        ah c’mon, fantasy aim higher!

        • coram nobis

          Dessert comes last. Start with the appetizers.

          • William

            Life is short. Eat dessert first.

          • coram nobis

            But what about the liver course? We haven’t decanted the Chianti yet!

    • j.martindale

      Mueller needs to drop a bomb on these people. They have the stage now, but he is the one who can really command attention. I hope he sees that the shitgibbon is undermining the major institutions of Justice in America.

      • William

        Release the hounds!

      • CraigNJ

        Lock them all up!

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/MonmouthPoll/status/958776875509264385
    A reminder that a blue wave can’t be taken for granted and the crumbs the tax bill gives to people in the first year or so WILL have them fooled.
    Bottom line folks, a blue wave is far from a sure thing, even with all the retirements etc.

    • AJ Drew

      midwest farmers (maybe… maybe….) will be able to catch up on financial issues, and I am very ok with that, but… sigh.

    • Nathaniel

      OMG! Is there justice in the world? They can get away with anything 🙁

      • Yes. Old Story. I found an old copy of “HBO’s 2008 movie Recount” last night— about 2000 Gore vs. Bush— and I did not realize how Jeb and the Republicans managed to throw the election here in Florida for his brother George. (I was living outside of the USA but i voted in Palm Beach County, the center of it all. ) Bottom line is 20,000 African Americans were thrown off the ballots (fake prison records) due to voter suppression in 2000 — that is why it was it was so close in Florida. Same thing in 2016. Voter suppression is where the action is at —- and we can complain all we want about Russian interference, but the system is rigged against the Democratic Party. Citizens United, Gerrymandering, Voter Suppression, international rightist alliance (Russia/alt right/neo nazis) — it is all working against us.

    • Leo

      The actual impacts long-term of the tax bill wont hit until after the midterms but I do think once that hits it’ll hurt them. Too late is up for debate.

      • Ninja0980

        Yes but by that time the GOP will have won again.
        Still, I like polls like this in a way because it’s a nice wake up call to our base to not take this election for granted.

        • Leo

          They timed it that way but we’ve discussed this already on here.

      • Hank

        Count the number of House Rethuglicans in NY, NJ, CT and CA. With the loss of SALT, these guys are not going to get much support from their constituents!

    • Sam_Handwich

      the RCP average is still Dems +7.5

      Fox News poll last week had Dems +6

      Monmouth sample size was about 700 for this poll and their previous…most of the others are 1,000+

      I think this is an outlier.

      • Leo

        Samples sizes matter. Wait for the dust to settle and for other polls to reflect a trend with this one.

        • Ninja0980

          Democrat number is shrinking..but then again we knew it would too.
          No way Democrats were going to stay that high, if they ever were.

          • Todd20036

            “Democratic number…”

      • Probably but if the Dems only win by 5% they theoretically do not take the House due to the Republican built in advantage. It is going to be tight.

      • Scott MB

        Take NOTHING for granted. I don’t care what polls say…get the fuck out and vote!!! Look what happened last time we relied on polls, fucktard was elected.

    • Support oscillates. This has been a good January for Trump-
      1. Good coverage for tax cuts in media (Wow Walmart paid some dirt cheap employees bonuses! 3 million Americans got tax cut bonuses! wow!)
      2. Democratic Party defeat in three day shutdown. The media positioned this as a huge win for Trump. Not only that, the Republicans have done a great job of making it Dreamers vs. Everyone Else.
      3. Initial responses to SCOTUS were glowing because he read off teleprompter and only half his speech was fascist/racist.
      4. He appears to be stymying the Russian investigation. The Republicans in Congress are backing him. —-
      But as I said everything oscillates, and the media loves an underdog. He is the underdog right now outside of the coasts and rational media. Just wait a bit and see what next month brings.

      • The_Wretched

        Harsh but a good summary of average media positions on the recent issues. Notice that most or all of that could have been spun much worse for trump but probably not much better.

      • Tomcat

        Hiring usually slows in Jan, Feb, March. That will tell us something.

        • If Democrats rely on a shrinking economy to boost their numbers they may be disappointed. We need a positive message. This is my real concern with Russiagate — it is sucking up the air right now. Joe Kennedy’s rebuttals positive energy is what we need but we have to move the playing field.

    • safari

      Politico reports Donalds approval rating at 42%

    • William

      Tomorrow Trump will send out a totally asinine Tweet and the numbers will go the other way. It is way too early to be speculating on the NOVEMBER elections.

    • Tomcat

      You mean there may still be more elections in Corpmerica?

      • The_Wretched

        Russia has elections. 85%+ vote for Putin and at turn out rates the West can only marvel at!

        • ted-

          You mean our Commander-in-Chief Putin?

    • SoCalGal20

      I think keeping an eye on Dem performance in upcoming specials and primaries is going to be more indicative of what’s happening.

      • Ninja0980

        I agree but we can’t just blow off numbers like these either.

        • SoCalGal20

          I can. I’m going to look at the Dem performance in actual election situations, not a bunch of polls that may or may not be accurate. 🤷‍♀️

  • OT- Jimmy Kimmel’s post SOTU interview with Stormy Daniels last night was priceless. She is a pro. Here Jimmy is trying to get an indication of Trump’s size using a common household vegetable. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/stormy-daniels-denies-trump-letter_us_5a71508be4b0be822ba1830d
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c2e647b2e1eaeda51f7f93cee523d7d7ac4e2b32ad18accfb936ab15548e44e8.jpg

  • crewman

    These are unusual times. I wonder if the FBI, or a member of the FBI, could sue Nunes and the White House for slandering their name and damaging them professionally.

    • AJ Drew

      why not? DT is potus and sets the precedent, and that’s sue everyone!

    • John30013

      I was going to comment in the post about Trey Goudy retiring that, under Trump’s theory of libel, Hillary should sue Goudy over the fake Bengazi hearings.

  • Dayglo

    We’re counting on you, FBI. You’re our only hope.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)
    • The_Wretched

      I’d like to know the date but, of all issues, ending the trumprussia investigation is the only, the utter only, issue that Trump’s cared about consistently. And everytime he’s expressed a concern – it’s expressed as an obstruction of justice.

      • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

        December meeting

        • The_Wretched

          Thanks, december is late enough in all this that his attorneys must have given him multiple briefings on obstruction.

          • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

            McGahn threatened to quit in June

      • Hank

        Money Laundering!!!

        • David Walker

          Tide pods!

        • Gerry Fisher

          Mueller and his team have been quieting digging around in that area. The stealthiness is justifiable, given the potential explosiveness involved.

          • Hank

            I hope he is also tasing the info on to NY State AG Schneiderman!!! Pull down the Drumpfs and Jared and take over ALL of their ill gotten gains!!!

  • geoffalnutt

    Nunes is in the “kompromat” so deep that if the truth were ever revealed he would commit suicide.

    • Hank

      One could ONLY hope!!!

  • Leo
    • The_Wretched

      K good, what are your (twitter) processes to ensure no more russian (or anyone else) making bot-swarms?

    • leastyebejudged

      1.4 million is just a fraction.

      • Barry William Teske

        Oh sorry I thought you said ‘faction’.

    • AJ Drew

      yeah but, how many down-voted vs re-tweeted? Oh right, not allowed. grrr.

    • Cuberly Deux

      …and there was this. Talk about something that makes you weep for your country. But then there’s that perpetual 30% that will never acknowledge reality outside of the Fox bubble. I knew this would happen. Hell, we already have right wingers that praise the Russians efforts in helping to “take-down” Hillz.

      “Facebook Users Cry ‘Censorship’ After Being Told Which Russian Troll Pages They Liked”

      “As the FBI’s investigation into Russian election interference reaches a fever pitch, Facebook rolled out a new News Feed alert Monday night. The bulletin told users who followed pages created by Russian trolls that those pages have been removed. And some of the affected users did not like this.

      A brief search revealed that numerous people believe that this is an act of censorship by Facebook. Some users argued that they should be allowed to decide what’s “true, fake, or otherwise,” a challenge that’s bound to be a slippery slope in this era of algorithm-based confirmation bias.”

      https://gizmodo.com/facebook-users-cry-censorship-after-being-told-which-ru-1822552451

      • Jukesgrrl

        Given what some Fox viewers believe, this doesn’t surprise me in the least. I’ve mentioned here before that my 8-year-old nephew told me, “Dad says Hillary killed six people.” His Dad (who only has shared custody, thank God) doesn’t read books, magazines, or newspapers, but DOES watch Fox News exclusively and participates enthusiastically with Facebook.

      • jimbo65

        “Some users argued that they should be allowed to decide what’s “true, fake, or otherwise”
        Which illustrates why basic human rights not be put up for a vote If it were left to others we’d still have slavery

        • McSwagg

          We still have slavery. It’s wage slavery without the overt bondage, but it’s still slavery.

        • Cuberly Deux

          Grievance as an addiction. Gotta have a fix, regardless the damage it may cause.

    • Jukesgrrl

      Even if those people only retweeted one thing each, that could double the number of people who saw the “fake news.”

    • Reality.Bites

      Most of them probably refused to believe it.

  • Barry William Teske

    “material omissions of fact”…

    Without fact there is no justice.
    Without justice there is no civility.

    Let that sink in America.

    • Jmdintpa

      ive been called all sorts of name on here for saying that. i think bad times are ahead. especially for gay people. the people in control are not going away anytime soon. they will continue to strangle the constitution until its dead or we fight back

      • Barry William Teske

        History records many a fight ‘for’ injustice.
        That is how your constitution was first given life or am I wrong?
        Do not tell the bad-times-a-coming.
        Fair is fair.

    • Gerry Fisher

      “Doesn’t matter as long as my tribe wins. MAGA!!!”

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN
    • AJ Drew

      “how much more obvious does it have to get ”

      indictment, jail. will it happen, can it happen?

      • Treant

        Probably not and with sufficient political will, respectively. Which is why probably not.

    • jimbo65

      Guess he had better take a page from Comey and start doing extemporaneous notes to memorialize his interactions with Cheetolini

      • McSwagg

        Hopefully, that is basic training for all new FBI recruits and he has files full of those notes already.

  • Oh, Parker

    Nunes. Is. Going. To. Prison.

  • Blake J Butler
    • Tread

      I see that he did have to excuse himself last night to go masturbate furiously to Trump’s “presidential” speech.

  • The_Wretched

    How did nunes skate on his weird running to the WH and WH steps noise? (https://www.wired.com/2017/04/devin-nunes-white-house-trump-surveillance/) Isn’t he supposed to be ‘recused’? Instead, he’s drafting BS memos and leaking classified information without committee consensus (and without Dems). National security used to be a matter republicans at least gave lip service to.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Tread

      They’re going to crater the economy faster than they did in 2007-2008.

      • Sam_Handwich

        yep. i keep wondering if i should reallocate my retirement savings to more resilient funds

        • Tread

          Christ, I would get a better return in my bank account, considering what they did to my 401K a few years ago.

        • Tread

          I would get a better return in online savings account from my bank if it keeps heading this way.

        • William

          Convert everything to Jim Bakker slop buckets!

          • Sam_Handwich

            omg i hadn’t even thought of that.

            would also make grocery shopping a lot easier

          • MBear

            Soylent Jesus

          • John Kirk

            HA HA good one.

        • DN

          I am

        • Tomcat

          If you have a large retirement savings you should start a church and make it grow with the dollars of rubes.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            And tax-free!

          • Chef Philips

            You could invest in roubles on currency exchange markets

        • eddiebeskeddie

          if you don’t, you may as well just dump it in my pocket.

      • j.martindale

        Dow was down more than 200 points a couple of hours ago (now down 118 points). I moved half of my stocks to money market and annuities over the last couple of months. No profit–but no loss, either.

        • John Kirk

          I believe safe is better than sorry. We know that at some point, the bubble will burst. Move assets to something safe, like an annuity with a large company, or fixed income assets.

      • JCF

        Probably just in time for Yours Truly to be thrust out into an unforgiving (unforgiving, that I’ve been off the job market 8 years, caring for my elderly father) job market… 🙁

    • leastyebejudged

      lololol, the balloon they’ve created so easily deflated !

    • Treant

      Oh, my trees. I’m laughing so hard my branches hurt.

    • johncAtl

      Don’t worry – Trump has this. Nobody knows more about bankruptcy than he does.

    • whollyfool

      They’re fiscally responsible alright. Responsible for more debt…

    • Gustav2

      Duh.

    • AJ Drew
    • Chef Philips

      Nelson Muntz, ha1 ha1 & c.

  • JWC

    WHAT AN ASSHOLE

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)
    • jimbo65

      And as with Comey , I wonder if he has any regrets over all the breathless, “but her emails ” hand wringing. Now that it’s apparent that 45 and Repubs are hellbent on destroying the FBI

      • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

        Mildly nauseous

    • John30013

      The Trump mouthpieces have tried their best to paint Strzok as anti-Trump, when even a cursory reading of his texts shows that he’s pretty much anti-everybody. (I think he has a pretty low opinion of all politicians.)

  • Leo
    • The_Wretched

      yep. we know the general drill. Why doesn’t the media counter-program? Skipping the contextualizing is media malpractice.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Wow. I get it. [sigh]

  • JWC

    If Nunes is allowed to produce his documents yet The Dems are NOT allowed to produce anything then I believe a rogue Dianne Finestein should produce anyway Fuck’em

    • Hank

      I trust Adam Schiff will do a “Feinstein” and release an ACCURATE memo!

      • JWC

        someone should

      • Leo

        Oh I’m sure several groups and his constituents already have. Who knows what their response has been.

    • customartist

      Same thought here, but I wonder if they do that will they then be allowed to remain on the Intel committees?

      • JWC

        I would think tit for tat if they kick one off for a specified reason and the other has done the same for the same reason then HEY

  • Galvestonian

    What you have to realize that Republicans are presenting ‘alternative facts’ that are believed by Trump’s base ( and probably quite a lot of the Fox News viewers ) — what is troubling is that Democrats don’t seem to have a well-founded rebuttal other than silence and a return to ‘old-time politics’ and Camelot. We gotta get stoked and freak out on the Republican traitors that are selling us out to the Russians.

  • coram nobis

    OT: and now an interlude from the Billbear Mutual Network.

    https://youtu.be/8uY1XXgCPJs

  • Leo
    • Sam_Handwich

      exactly

    • customartist

      Trump’s involvement in releasing information about his own investigation reconfirms that he is obstructing justice. Another nail.

  • Joe in PA

    O/T but closer to home for me. More lawlessness …

    https://twitter.com/imillhiser/status/958800118626619396

    • The_Wretched

      Republicans have been working against the Constitutional requirement of 1 person = 1 vote for a while now.

      • Michael White

        since the constitution was written.

      • boatboy_srq

        They’re all p!ssed Those People® got the additional 2/5 vote the Founding Fathers denied them.

        Any time you hear “original intent”, this is part of what’s included in that toxic stew.

    • stevenj

      Follow the dark money……….

  • Sam_Handwich

    Pence is having a COMPLETE MELTDOWN

    https://twitter.com/VP/status/958814478518358016

    • Treant

      Repeal and Replace Mike Pence!

    • bkmn

      Anything that pisses off Pence is a good thing. I hope Manchin is enjoying driving Pence nuts.

      • The_Wretched

        Knowing manchin, he’s out there looking to sprinkle some salt.

      • JWC

        every time I see pence i keep waiting for the re forked tongue to slither quickly in an out

    • The_Wretched

      How bizarre.

      I’m still far from convinced a strong progressive couldn’t win his seat.

    • customartist

      Pence was molested, hence his lingering homophobia

      • boatboy_srq

        Are we sure he wasn’t the molester?

    • Leo

      Must be his surroundings on the retreat. How’s that retreat going by the way? Isn’t the train still delayed in Charlottesville?

    • Joe in PA

      Fuck you Pence…I’ve been listening to Terry Gross’ interview about how this admin (Pence) has stacked HHS with his anti choice and anti LGBT bigots. I’m ready to scream. Arrgh.

      • R W C

        I listened. I screamed.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Um, is he pissed off at Manchin?
      (never mind. i couldn’t tell whether he was trolling Manchin or Kennedy).

      Wow. Manchin’s being primaried by our paid-protestor VP.

    • boatboy_srq

      So says Mike “my policies spread HIV in my state because I’m too Xtianist to help combat addiction” Pence.

    • How weird — Manchin’s one of the best friends the Republicans have.

  • Tomcat

    One’s political affiliation at the FBI is a red herring. You can bet the farm more of the FBI agents are republicans than Democrats.

  • bkmn

    I almost hope the FBI accidentally releases everything they have on Nunes and the ones who voted to release the “memo”.

    • AJ Drew

      “almost” ?

    • customartist

      Trump has something on Nunez

      • bkmn

        That Russia gave him.

  • Leo
    • Treant

      So much for that…was it a speech or something last night?

      • Lumpy Gaga

        The clappiest.

        • McSwagg

          I heard last night that dRUMPf has the clap, the biggest clap. the bestliest clap. The never ending clap.

          • Treant

            His thighs are still applauding.

          • McSwagg

            Perhaps he even has the incurable clap.

          • Cipher

            Well that would explain the recent looks on Melania’s face, Botox be damned! She has “the Stormy” too!!!

  • Chef Philips

    If Kelly is saying “real quick” doesn’t that mean it will never happen in Alice-in-Wonderland Presidency?

  • boatboy_srq

    1) The Eating of Their Own continues.

    2) Federal level law enforcement trends conservatist. It would be surprising to find many there that don’t vote GOTea party line all the way down the ballot. They’re learning how fickle the GOTea in general, and Lord Dampnut in particular, can be.

    3) Fascinating how quickly the Party of Lawnorder can turn when it’s their own grift that’s at risk.

  • customartist

    Trump releasing the memo about his own investigation is just another example of Obstruction of Justice.

    It is telling that Nunez/Congress has created the supportive document, but is then leaving the final decision to release it up to Trump. Sucking up, but transferring blame.

  • Boss Dave✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    In short, Nunes is a lying sack of shit.

  • John Kirk

    Tell the truth and shame the Devil!

  • Richard

    Lacking facts? Of course it lacks FACTS……. It was written by Republicans….. they don’t deal in FACTS ! I can’t wait until November 6, 2018 !

  • Renfield

    Maddow covered this really well. It was really too painful to watch. Just too painful.