New revelations come to light every day about the degree and depth of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. One recent bombshell: The FBI is reportedly investigating whether Russia tried to help elect President Trump by funneling money through the National Rifle Association.
Republicans (and Russian bots) have been pushing to #releasethememo under the assumption that it will vindicate Trump and undercut the FBI. But if reports about the memo’s contents are accurate, it may do the exact opposite, showing that there was a likely Russian agent on the Trump campaign.
As House Republicans (as well as Wikileaks, Sean Hannity, and Russian twitter operatives) clamor for the release of their own talking points, a few things are becoming clear: This is a political stunt to protect Trump. It has nothing to do with examining the substance of Russia’s interference in the election and everything to do with preemptively dismissing Mueller’s investigation. The efforts of Devin Nunes and his allies are in lockstep with a Russian intelligence campaign. GOP Conspiracy theories keep changing because holes keep getting poked in their ridiculous arguments.