McCain Slams GOP Memo: You’re Doing Putin’s Job

Via press release:

“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. Putin’s regime launched cyberattacks and spread disinformation with the goal of sowing chaos and weakening faith in our institutions. And while we have no evidence that these efforts affected the outcome of our election, I fear they succeeded in fueling political discord and dividing us from one another.

“The latest attacks on 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 of the facts surrounding Russia’s ongoing efforts to subvert our democracy, which is why Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation must proceed unimpeded. Our nation’s elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan sideshows. If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him.”

  • The_Wretched

    You voted for Gorsuch and next to all of Trump’s agenda McCain. Too little too late.

    • Max_1

      He built this…

  • Mr. M

    Things become VERY clear when facing imminent death. While I’m saddened he is suffering from a horrible disease, I have to wonder if he would be saying this if he was full of health.

    • Berdawn Hutchinson

      He says all sorts of thing…he VOTES however to support this president and his values

      • Mr. M

        Yep.

  • Max_1

    WHen will John do his job and call for the President to be tried in the Senate?

    • Todd20036

      The day after the cancer kills him

  • Gustav2

    The funniest thing about the Nunes memo is it reads like they are going thru the appeals process after they have been found guilty.

  • Rex

    We no longer need Russia and Putin to subvert our democracy – we have the president and the GOP doing it now.

    • JackFknTwist

      BBC just now reporting the the basis on the memo is completely flawed. The proposition that the FBI applied to FISA on the basis of the Steel Dossier is wrong.
      FBI application to FISA was based on their previous surveillance of Page and Russian activity.

      BBC reporting that the whole Memo is politically motivated in an attempt to protect Trump/turd from the Mueller investigation, ie. – by discrediting the investigation.
      A flawed Memo, a Republican treasonous plot, a last ditch attempt at diversion- the Republicans are in panic mode.
      Good, they should be.

      The world is watching the shoddy flapping about of the treasonous Republicans, desperate to save Trump/turd and their transient majority.

      Destroying the reputation of the FBI and the USA seems just an afterthought for them.

      • Franciscan

        There is also a very clear summary in the New York Times today, 2/2/2018.

    • Tom

      Exactly!
      Stop blaming Putin.
      Trump is commuting obstruction Justice.
      And Republicans are in collusion.

  • jimbo65

    Then stop aiding and abetting your party and stand for something before you die.

    • bandanajack

      that’s what he is trying to present a picture of for his great man epitaph without ACTUALLY doing it. all he accomplished is proving he knew all along what the game was, and he is and has been lying just as much as trump, but because he has ALWAYS UNDERSTOOD THE RAMIFICATIONS, he is more evil than trump by orders of magnitude. he felt he was entitled to the presidency, so his greed and self serving ego and lust for power have warped him into this evil dwarf he has become. history, if after the russian takeover there IS a historic record, will not treat him kindly. he might have been a great man, but privilege and entitlement, the passkey to republican leadership, took him down another path.

      small men can do only transient damage, but those who might have been great leaders topple nations.

  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element
  • Chef Philips

    Where’s the minority report?

  • Cuberly Deux

    Hey Walnutz. Maybe you could direct that hot air towards the Speaker of the House. Fuck the use of the word “partisan”. YOUR PARTY IS COMPLICIT!

  • Texndoc

    I would imagine the reason you haven’t seen McCain is that as expected with an aggressive glioblastoma is that he’s incredibly ill. It’s a staff “press release”.

  • AtticusP

    Actions speak louder than words.

    McCain has supported this sorry excuse for a “president” more often than not, and has voted his way more often than not.

    Empty words.

  • Oscarlating Wildely
  • Boreal

    ‘and manufacturing partisan sideshows.’
    Republican majority. Fuck you old man. You helped build this.

    Is it too early to start drinking?

    • TuuxKabin

      Nope.

      • Boreal

        Thanks. I’m packing it in soon and heading home to drown my sorrows.

        • TuuxKabin

          No. Wash you taste buds. Bourbon? We’re dry damn it, ’til Sunday then somebody hold me back.

          • Boreal
          • TuuxKabin

            Ha. Great. Thanks. We wanted to go dry. So we’re going dry. I lost three pounds from lack of hootch and carbs. Tho that’s not the reason. Sometimes it’s just to give the ol’ liver a rest. While nauseous with the bug we got last week, we found ginger beer a good treatment for the uncertain tummy and sharp flavor. Add a dark beer, our British neighbor told us, and we’ll have a Shandygaff.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      You haven’t yet?

  • Lazycrockett

    If he wasn’t dying of brain cancer he would be standing right besides Drumpf.

    • Ninja0980

      Yup.

  • Max_1
  • JustDucky

    I wonder why McCain continues to support this administration.

    It’s not a lack of moral clarity; the things he says clearly indicate that he knows the things he does are wrong. It’s not political cowardice; he’s dying so he has literally nothing to lose politically.

    Is it loyalty? Does he feel loyal to people who are doing things he knows are horrible? Is it the sunk cost fallacy? Does he believe it’s too late to change?

    I wonder if he believes he’s going to burn in hell.

  • Leo
    • PickyPecker

      It’s time for the FBI Agents to begin leaking dRUMPf info.

      • canoebum

        It’s time for them to start making some arrests. Put a bunch of these traitors in jail and let the prosecutors and judges sort it out.

        • pj

          im tired of putins bitches…lock them up.

  • dbishop75

    True words, John, but they will ring hollow to those that need to hear them the most. It’s no longer about democracy with the GOP, only “winning” – no matter who falls into the pits of disaster.

  • Boreal
    • Feels about right.

    • TuuxKabin

      No. Just pist. But thanks for asking.

    • greenmanTN

      Fuck a bunch of you for even asking the question!

      • Todd20036

        I’m game!

  • TexasBoy

    I realize McCain is guilty of unleashing the Palin clan upon the world. He seems to be trying to make amends with his anti-Trump stance. Please, let him live long enough to see Trump run out of town on a rail.

    • BillysWilly

      Maybe he sees the damage he did with Palin and is trying to give back

      • Judas Peckerwood

        No, he’s just having one of his brief mavericky spells. He’ll be back to toeing the GOP line momentarily.

    • JCF

      I hope he lives long enough to cast a GUILTY vote on Drumpf’s impeachment!

    • Judas Peckerwood

      Fuck him — he still supports Trump’s agenda right down the fucking line.

      • TheSeer

        That’s not true. He has criticized the beautiful, impenetrable, southern border wall, as well as “half-baked” nationalism, which are backbone of Trump’s agenda.

  • Truer words have not been spoken.

  • Ninja0980

    I’ll counter with the fact he has voted yes on everything Trump and Republicans have done.
    And if someone wants to counter with the he’s still a Republican line, I’ll counter with the country over party one in response.
    McCain has done the former over the latter every damn time.
    This release written by a staffer means nothing to me.

    • Cuberly Deux

      I think it was Matt Taibbi that said, if you look at McCain’s record over the years. Whenever he engages in his signature “maverickyness” it’s sole purpose is for his own personal gain, with zero actual impact in the political landscape. Self promotion with no consequences.

      Maybe the one time his maverickyness was effective was that thumbs down on ACA repeal.

  • SkokieGuy

    I think it should be called what it is – war. For a long time our intelligence has said that the next wars will be digital, not fought with guns.

  • Michael R

    Do we know for a fact the memo wasn’t written by Pickles ?

  • TuuxKabin

    Too late. Way too late. But thanks. I guess.

    • Jerry Kott

      it is good spin as his train leaves the station.

      • TuuxKabin

        The last train. That train won’t be stopping here no more. Goddamn it. Goddamn it to hell. Goddsmn it all to hell.

        • Jerry Kott

          I never ever imagined living in these times. So much for my mantra of my leaving this world in better condition than when I arrived.

          • TuuxKabin

            You still can. You probably have on one level or another. I know it’s a daily confrontation for you where you are. I could never, tho who knows what strength we find when challenged.
            As I end a lot of messages to friends, and sometimes here:
            RESIST. PERSIST. ENLIST. GET PIST. AND DO NOT EVER, DESIST.

          • Jerry Kott

            Year ago I was in Tokyo, I was thrilled to one of 10 NorthAmerican Artist/Designer selected to exhibit my work at Sebu- a major department store. It was a thrilling time and it was at the beginning of the saga in Pennsylvania. I went to the Mege Shrine, in Tokyo and toured the gardens. At the shine you could pull a numbered stink as a form of fortune telling. I pulled a stink and my fortune was “Polish the stone or you will be another pebble by the ways side, Men’s hearts and minds also need to be Polished” We have taken the high road but it has a cost. People are too willing to surrender. My whole life I have been so wrong in a conventual sense that i am right. Speaking truth to power is a very lonely spot and requires energy to ride tall in the saddle.
            We won’t give up the fight but I have to come up for air. I should give an update on the trespassing hunter who killed a deer on our land. I am getting the impression that the Game Commission is blowing smoke and protecting the hunter because is is a prominent member of the Business community. I just can run as fast as I use too

  • Lars Littlefield

    Now he decides to sound like a patriot?

  • Judas Peckerwood

    You should know Johnny Boy, because you built this.

  • jimbo65

    Guess it should be no surprise that this president loves revealing classified information. Why Israel is still team Trump after hiw he screwed them revealing classified info to Kisliak is beyond me
    https://www.rawstory.com/2018

  • JWC

    OK..The shit has hit the fan ..now lets asses the damage and clean of the mess The rapid pace that this shit show is progressing it will be yesterdays news very soon

  • Leo
    • Rex

      Written for Trump?
      I guess they redacted the coloring pictures, connect the dots, and maze games.

  • Leo
    • Steve Smith

      Its got too many big words in it?

  • Leo
    • JackFknTwist

      President Hannity ?

      • Yet Another Alex

        *shuddershuddershuddershudderTWITCHshuddershudder*

        NO!!!!

        Clear enough? 😉

        • JackFknTwist

          Sure shudder……………….
          But he’s President in all but name !

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    “they succeeded in fueling political discord and dividing us from one another.”

    Plus there is already a lucrative industry built around that at Fox News.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Ninja0980

      Another asshole who help build this.

    • Joe in PA

      Doesn’t sound like he “blasts” the memo…when you use words like “The manner in which this was done….”

      So, it was the WAY it was done, not the fact that it was done? Fuck you Kasich.

  • I think the lesson here is the costs and damaged caused by this ridiculous Nunes/Trump memo far outweigh any possible benefits they hoped to incur—most of which appear to be centered around still more witness tampering and intimidation.

    It confirms the FBI investigation was sparked by Papadopoulos. It confirms the Steele dossier, even in its earliest forms, was seen as corroborating there appeared to be ‘smoke’ that needed investigating. It confirms that Carter Page was a figure of FBI counterintelligence interest as far back as 2013 and Page had been warned he might be targeted by Russian intelligence and so should be careful. The FISA warrant to surveil Page wasn’t sought until Oct 21 2016, which was AFTER Page has supposedly left the campaign and at a time when the entire Trump campaign was like “New campaign, who dat?” regarding whether Page had EVER been a senior advisor.

    In short, the Republicans/Trumpers are trying to claim there were no Title I FISA grounds for issuing or renewing the warrant, despite the fact the judge involved found probable cause to issue it and to renew it. A warrant based on evidence that Page was knowingly acting as an agent of a foreign power.

    Oh, and the other day the Republican Congress renewed FISA without any changes, meaning they saw no institutional problems with the system.

    Yes, yes, the Fox News goons will make something nefarious out of this as they always do and it’ll be promoted and pushed by Russian bots on social media. But if we had any worries the serious professionals would find wrongdoing in how things were handled, or that somehow the Trumpers would have their evidence the investigation was tainted by partisanship? It’s blown up in their faces.

    Hell, we now know that Strozk FBI guy hated both Trump and Clinton and was himself responsible for drafting the leaked letter trying to get the lame ass email investigation reopened.

    • JWC

      I pretty much understood it was based on 2 points that yo have hit upon . E-mails between two FBI agents disparaging Trump and Clinton and the 90 day renewal of a FISA warrant for Carter Page ( a routine procedure)

  • JWC

    O/T I l offered this yesterday to a precocious little kid about to squeeze an overripe tomato He has been cautioned not to The net result he ruins a perfectly good tomato but also gets squished tomato all over himself Hey Devon how you feelin now you stupid sap

  • The memo is not a fact based, objective document. It is making assumptions not based on fact, but based on supposition, meaning it cannot possibly draw a legal conclusion of political motivation. Instead, it reveals the GOP to be partisans that they are – promoting party before country.

  • Treant

    Thanks, but you do keep voting with the Dumpster. Although you may have had your last vote. We may hope.

  • GanymedeRenard

    I normally feel sympathy for the sick. Not necessarily for this one, though. But this time he’s right. And he’s late. Super late.

  • Ninja0980

    One final thing..sorry for the bluntness but the only question is whether McCain will survive before a special election will be held for his seat.

  • geoffalnutt

    Hey, rubles spend as good as dollars! Just ask Paul Ryan…and the rest of GOP Congress.

  • The Sentinel

    Fuck John McCain. https://youtu.be/llZuoMXpr4s

    • GanymedeRenard

      Fuck him with a pineapple.

      • bandanajack

        i’d rather it be a grenade, with the pin pulled.

        • GanymedeRenard

          LOL!

    • customartist

      He also said that it was “A bad time” to allow gays to serve openly in the military.

  • greenmanTN

    John McCain would vote for euthanasia for people with brain cancer if it was the official GOP position. Plus Sarah Palin. STFU if you aren’t going to actually do anything about it.

    • customartist

      McCain said “This is BAAAD legislation!” right after the Bush Tax Cuts passed. But then he flipped and supported the cuts when he ran for President.

  • Smokey

    They don’t care John.

  • customartist

    Too bad McCain spent a lifetime supporting the wrong side which has led us to this terrible point in U.S. History

  • Hunter M

    You old bastard. You are one of “THEM”!
    You enabled them every time you voted with them.
    Not only is the palin critter your legacy, but this is too. Treason!

  • Chef Philips

    ‘If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him.”’

    Amazing so few folks in America apparently can understand this!

    • Ann Kah

      If it isn’t reported on FOX, few folks in America will hear it at all.

  • -M-

    Looking at everything through the “warped lens of politics”, manufacturing partisan sideshows, and undermining the rule of law have been standard Republican doctrine for more than forty years Johnny Palin. So, umm — Now, a warning?

  • Mike

    This is partly your doing, old man. Trump = McCain = Palin = Trump. Sorry, there will be no forgiveness or redemption. There’s nothing we can do.

    • andrew

      John McCain doesn’t need your forgiveness or redemption. He is an honorable man who followed his conscience and did what he thought was right for America. I rarely agreed with his politics, but never doubted his decency.

  • Franciscan

    Despite McCain’s political unreliability, supporting sometimes the Trumpian-right-wing agenda and sometimes speaking the truth, in this case he is speaking the truth, and the fact that it is coming from McCain will help derail Nunes’ insane, partisan initiative.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Nunes isn’t doing Putin’s job. The entire Republican Party, as far as I can tell, is doing Putin’s job, including you.
    If you and your party didn’t have a bad case of dishonesty you wouldn’t have any honesty at all.

  • Halou

    Why give Trump the benefit of believing he is doing this for mere partisan reasons, or the want to believe he won by himself? Trump is doing what he is doing because he IS Russian. Not because he loves Russia, or because he is being blackmailed, not even because he adores autocracy, though those are all true.
    He is demolishing American democracy, it’s constitution and the rule of law because he is a Russian. A soldier at the head of the Kremlin’s first line of attack.

  • MBear

    Isnt he dead yet?

    • andrew

      Hopefully not. He is a voice of reason on the right.

      • MBear

        No. No he’s not

        • Ann Kah

          He’s the best approximation available at present.

  • Pip

    Oh, don’t act like you care about anything but yourself.

  • leastyebejudged

    Angry Grampy doth protest too much !

    • Ann Kah

      No, angry Grampy is too little, too late.

  • mark99k

    McCain’s several recent lucid instances (hell, does brain cancer make you *more* articulate?) would be worth praise if he were actually doing something about president peepee.

  • andrew

    Well said Mr. McCain.