The Effects of the Nunes Memo 2

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You know, I thought this month was going to be about DACA. Leave it to Mr. Liver Pills to make it all about him. I’ve written about the memo quite a bit recently, you can my posts here, here, and here. Also, if you want to read the memo for yourself, feel free to check out a copy on CNN’s website. Good ol’ CNN, I hope you stick around for awhile.

There’s been a considerable amount of windup about this memo, and it’s hard not to wonder about the potential short-term and long-term effects of this memo being released. While it seems on the surface (to many Trump supporters anyway) that the political soup unleashed by the Republican side of the House Intelligence Committee is about protecting the civil rights of former Trump adviser Carter Page and ending a grand conspiracy against President Trump, to the other side of the spectrum, there’s so much more going on.

Trump clearly wants the FBI investigation into collusion with Russia to come to an abrupt end. He doesn’t care if he discredits the FBI. That’s one less institution that can be used against him to worry about. Not only that, but it means that Russian intrusion into the US electoral system won’t be met by swift action from Congress/the Executive Branch to hold Putin accountable. Putin is flailing his limbs, dancing in the cold air without a care in the world. And why should he care? It’s been about a year since he interfered in the 2016 election, and the Trump administration is slowing the process of applying sanctions to a halt. To Putin, it must seem very likely to him that he will not suffer any consequences for his actions. The obvious implication there is that he will try even harder to push the boundaries and interfere much more strongly and consistently in subsequent elections.

This’ll be a fun year.

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