Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.
The memo is finally here, folks.
- The memo Republicans believed was “worse than Watergate” and would stop the Russia investigation, turned out to be... pretty much nothing. On Friday, after weeks of unearned build-up, Republicans released the lackluster House Intelligence Committee memo alleging that the FBI relied on former British spy Christopher Steele’s unverified dossier (of Pee Tape fame) to obtain and renew surveillance on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. But the four-page memo doesn’t shed light on much new information, its claims of liberal anti-Trump bias comes from mostly Republicans, and the document excludes relevant context that doesn’t support their argument. [HuffPost]
- One thing the memo’s release did accomplish, however, was to piss off the FBI. “That’s it? Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House intel committee, destroyed trust with Intelligence Community, damaged relationship with FISA court, and inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen,” former FBI director James Comey said via Twitter. “For what? DOJ & FBI must keep doing their jobs.” [Politico]
- It might not surprise you that Trump was convinced he should release the memo before he had even read it. [Washington Post]
- On Friday, more than 2 million acres of formerly federally-protected land will now be open to mining, thanks to Trump. [HuffPost]
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