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Devin Nunes: Don’t Read The Mueller Dossier – It’s Like A ‘Really Bad Russian Spy Novel’

Rep. Devin Nunes, the Republican ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, is discouraging people from reading the Mueller report released on Thursday.

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“[D]on’t waste your time reading #MuellerDossier,” Nunes urged his Twitter followers on Thursday evening, “instead read a real report done by House Intel Committee Republicans – finished over a year ago.

That report, Nunes added, “doesn’t read like a really bad Russian Spy novel!”

The move by Nunes, a supporter of Trump’s, displays a bit of cognitive dissonance on his part that is also evident among many, including the president himself, who want to disparage Mueller’s findings while at the same time embracing them as “exonerating” the administration and the Trump campaign’s actions.

The report cited by Nunes, released last year by Republicans (who then were in charge of the House Intelligence Committee), was criticized by Democratic lawmakers at the time for not being comprehensive in their investigation. Some argued that Republicans refused to chase down leads, and that witness testimony that could have been pursued to give greater insight on certain matters were ignored, per reporting from the New York Times.

Nunes himself had some glaring conflicts of interest when it came to the Intelligence Committee’s inquiry. A member of Trump’s presidential transition team himself, he was widely criticized and even had to temporarily step aside from his leadership role after it was revealed that he had improperly disclosed classified information obtained by the committee to the White House, according to reporting from the Sacramento Bee.

Some users on Twitter chastised the California Republican for discouraging people from reading the Mueller report.

The GOP report from last year has some key differences than special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. The Intelligence Committee’s report is less extensive, for example, about a fourth in size to Mueller’s findings. It also downplayed the bad links to Russia that some in the Trump administration and campaign had.

“While the committee found that several of the contacts between Trump associates and Russians…were ill advised, the committee did not determine that Trump or anyone associated with him assisted Russia’s active-measures campaign,” their report concluded last year.

Compare that to Mueller’s findings. Although the special counsel concluded that no charges were necessary, the report also “established multiple links between Trump Campaign officials and individuals tied to the Russian government.”

There were “Russian offers of assistance to the Campaign,” which, in some instances, “the Campaign was receptive to the offer.”

The report also describes several instances of potential obstruction of justice on the part of the president, and some have said the report reads like an impeachment referral to Congress.

In the end, the Mueller report didn’t find examples of coordination between the campaign and Russia that were worthy of prosecution, but the findings by Mueller are a far cry from how the Republican-led Intelligence Committee saw things last spring.



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