Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee voted Monday to release a memo that paints the FBI and Justice Department as being biased against President Donald Trump — so much so that actors in both agencies have conjured up the investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia to take the president down.
The memo was written by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), and it reportedly frames special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as an FBI effort to hurt Trump. To make this a truly comprehensive conspiracy theory, it uses both Hillary Clinton and the infamous Steele dossier in establishing the connections.
Trump would make the final decision on whether to declassify the report, but in the meantime, the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo has started to spread on Twitter. There are a lot of moving parts to what Nunes is reportedly claiming versus what we already know. My colleague Jane Coaston explained it in depth here, but we decided to also organize our thoughts with these diagrams:
Here’s why Republicans think it’ll discredit Robert Mueller’s investigation.