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Memo madness: Keeping our powder dry

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February 07. 2018 11:08PM




Author Robert Heinlein once wrote, “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.”

Stupidity explains a lot in Washington these days, including both the appalling conduct of the FBI and Donald Trump’s creepy admiration of Vladimir Putin.

The hubbub over a declassified memo from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., shows how far out of touch D.C. has become.

The four-page memo was not the threat to national security that Democrats claimed. Nor does it demonstrate that the investigation of the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russian officials was an Obama administration plot.

Trump and his allies have tried to use the FBI’s many missteps over the past 18 months to discredit whatever Special Counsel Robert Mueller finds. The FBI discredited itself with its slapdash investigation of Hillary Clinton’s illegal email server. The House Intelligence Committee undermined itself with its partisan antics.

Based solely on the torrent of leaks coming from the FBI, Mueller’s office, and Congressional Democrats, it might be fair to infer that if there were any evidence of collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign, we would have already read about it in the New York Times.

But we will continue to withhold judgment until we see the entire body of evidence, rather than the tidbits cherry-picked by one side or the other.


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