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Details on Trump, Schiff, and Nunes Russia Memo Releases

What's the Deal With All These Russia Memos?

As the investigation into President Donald Trump's ties to Russia comes under ever-increasing scrutiny, there's one interesting pattern that has emerged: politicians are releasing insider information left and right, all in the hopes of defending (or condemning) Trump.

The double-sided power struggle has emerged as a result of ongoing GOP attempts to keep the narrative of Russia's meddling in check while individuals from the top down continue to grapple with the FBI being a nonpartisan organization. Last week, Republicans voted to release a confidential memo compiled by California Rep. Devin Nunes, something that Trump hoped would deliver vindication. After the (ultimately nothingburger) memo was released last week, questions began to swirl as to whether the FBI will be able to continue operating independently of Trump or if this internal meddling will push the organization under the president, effectively halting the Russia investigation. As Arizona Republican Senator John McCain put it, the release of this memo "undermine[s] our own rule of law" and does "Putin's job for him."

The most recent development in Memogate 2018 is that Nunes now wants to release five more memos while Democrats are pushing Trump for the release of a single memo that will counter the claims from the initial, nothingburger Nunes memo. The memo Democrats hope will see the light of day comes from California Rep. Adam Schiff, who hopes to illustrate that the Nunes release was, as The New York Times says, "a misleading, inaccurate attempt to discredit the investigation" associated with Robert Mueller and the Trump-Russia connections. Schiff also tweeted a small jab at Trump's assertion that he would be vindicated by said memo.

In retaliation, Trump took to Twitter to taunt Democrats and drive home the idea that he had been wronged, calling Schiff "little." Schiff offered a salty response — but Trump went on to praise Nunes, calling him a "hero."

The dramatics of these memos are likely to continue in this dirty theatrical manner as the Democrats seek to vote on releasing Schiff's memo to the public on Feb. 5. But outside of this political void, a poll by Monmouth University released just days ago reveals that "an overwhelming majority of Americans (71%) say that Trump should agree to be interviewed by Mueller about the Russia probe." Clearly, we're all tired of these shenanigans and political pettiness — but, alas, here we are.

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