Butterfield Statement on Republican Release of Politically Motivated Memo

Feb 2, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement after the release of the “Nunes memo,” drafted exclusively by Republican members and staff of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in an attempt to discredit the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation:

“With the release of the Nunes memo, today is an extremely disappointing day for our government.  In an act of political expedience, Congressional Republicans chose to put politics and the protection of President Trump above the American people and our system of government.  This partisan document mischaracterizes and omits relevant information in the FISA process and is a blatant attempt to cast doubts on the Mueller investigation. 

“Today’s release of the memo now places Congressional Republicans dangerously close to being part of an effort to obstruct justice.  This is beyond politics; this is beyond our duties as members of Congress.

“The intelligence community unanimously concluded that the 2016 election was compromised.  They warned that Russia will undoubtedly attempt to interfere in future elections.  Instead of taking action to secure our republic against sabotage from adversaries, Congressional Republicans have taken part in a reckless, partisan attempt to discredit the ongoing investigations.

“The American people deserve to know all the facts surrounding Russia’s efforts to undermine our electoral process.  They deserve to know to what extent Trump campaign officials were involved.  Any attempts to further undermine the investigations is a monumental mistake.  It will certainly have ramifications that will extend beyond this presidency.”