WASHINGTON, DC -- After President Trump cleared House Intelligence Chairman
Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) partisan memo in an attempt to discredit the FBI and U.S.
Justice Department, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), an ex officio member
of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement:
“The Nunes memo is not a serious attempt at
either oversight or transparency. Rather, it presents a one-sided,
misleading narrative with the apparent goal of distracting, distorting, and
discrediting the FBI and law enforcement.
“Congressman Nunes has already demonstrated
his capacity to coordinate with the White House in an attempt to willfully
mislead the public about the Trump-Russia case. I am confident that the
innuendo from this memo will be refuted when weighed against the full
evidence. But the manner in which it was released does a real disservice
to the hardworking men and women who serve on the front lines of U.S. law
enforcement and intelligence gathering.
“It is troubling that both Putin and Trump
loyalists have aligned propaganda efforts in an attempt to spread some of the
same misleading conspiracy theories and undermine the integrity of U.S. law
enforcement and intelligence. They want to try and use this one-sided
memo to invalidate an independent criminal investigation that has already
resulted in the indictment of four members of Trump’s inner circle, and may
result in more. Mr. Mueller needs to follow the facts and evidence,
wherever it leads.
“The American people deserve the truth.
If President Trump and Congressman Nunes were interested in a full,
accurate accounting of why this investigation was launched, they would release
Congressman Schiff’s response.
“If Mr. Mueller is allowed to do his job
without further interference, I believe Americans will get the truth. But
if Republicans block this independent investigation, and continue advancing
attacks on our intelligence and law enforcement agents, they will have crossed
a red line. Nobody in the United States is above the law, and we must
defend our nation against future attacks.
“We need a return to honest government and
elected leaders who will put fidelity to the Constitution first.”