Forget Groundhog Day. The only large, rat-like creature Im concerned about is Devin Nunes, cracked Bill Maher at the top of his Real Time monologue on Friday. Of course, its not fair to single him out. All the Republicans these days are treasonous rats.
Before the comedian and his #NeverTrump panel embarrassed guest Anthony Scaramucci, Maher delivered a fiery monologue wherein he got so worked up over the House Republicans protocol-breaching release of the Nunes memo, done with President Trumps blessingwho he referred to as fat Nixonthat he had to pause for a breather.
Trump declassified this Nunes memo, which is supposed to make us think that our own top law enforcement people are crooked so Trump can get away with his Russia crimes. Problem is, Republicans talk about this memo as if its some smoking-gun piece of evidence they uncovered. No! They wrote it! They uncovered it in their printer! Its not an intelligence document, its a Facebook post that you briefly skim before clicking unfriend, joked Maher.
The Nunes memo, for the uninitiated, is a four-page document filled with cherrypicked information from House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and the other Republican congressmen on the committee that, according to CNN, alleges FBI and Justice Department abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, accusing the FBI of improperly using information paid for in part by Hillary Clinton's campaign [the Steele dossier] to obtain a FISA warrant for Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page. The release of the memo was strongly opposed by both the FBI and Justice Department.
They did not like what the FBI was finding out about Trump, so like the true patriots they areof Russiathey attack the FBI and the Justice Department because theyre biased, Maher said of House Republicans. Yes, because theyre in law enforcement and the Trump crime family commits crimes, so thats what theyre supposed to do! Its like saying the exterminator is biased against the termites.
Of course, in addition to getting basic public information wrong, the Nunes memo appears to be a big ol nothingburger. It clearly states that it was George Papadopoulos, an ex-member of Trumps foreign policy advisory panel during the campaign, who initially triggered the FBIs investigation into Trump-Russia tiesnot the Steele dossier or ex-Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Pageand that the FBI didnt submit a FISA application to monitor Page until October 2016, or after hed left the Trump campaign.
This Republican delusion that [special counsel] Robert Mueller, a Republican whos there because of Trump, is conspiring with Rod Rosenstein, the acting attorney general, a Republican whos there because of Trump, and of course Muellers old buddy, Jim Comey, another Republican appointed by Trump, and Trumps attitude is, Jeez, what a bunch of idiots. Who put them in charge? explained Maher, clearly beside himself.
Doesnt quite add up, does it?