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Rep. Swalwell: GOP Hopes to Release 'Brainwashing Memo'

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By    |   Tuesday, 30 January 2018 01:16 PM

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., said Tuesday that Republicans are trying to mislead the public by releasing a memo from House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

"Once the Republicans put forward what can best be described as a brainwashing memo two weeks ago, we sought to correct the record," Swalwell said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"We sought to correct the memo with a 10-page memo that went into painstaking detail point-by-point rebutting with classified information what the Republicans have alleged but also opened the door on mountains of new evidence that would I think bolster the FBI's credibility and they voted unanimously to not allow the public to see that, and that's a shame," he continued.

"They essentially have put out a book review on a book that Devin Nunes himself hasn't read and they say the book is full of lies, that's the position they're going to put the American people in," the congressman said.

Swalwell took a jab at Nunes on Twitter on this issue:

MSNBC national affairs analyst John Heilemann asked Swalwell at one point if he thought Nunes had "been compromised by the Russians."

"Congressman, I'm going to ask you a question I asked Sen. [Chris] Murphy a little earlier. It's an impolitic question and one that would have seemed absurd in almost any other circumstance," Heilemann said. "Congressman Nunes, your chairman, it is suggested not by me, but by people who follow these matters closely, could possibly be someone who's been compromised by the Russians. Is that something you consider a possibility?"

Swalwell answered: "I can't speak to his motives. I think he's been compromised by the White House. He certainly seems to be willing to risk the republic to protect the president, to risk the rule of law to help the president's case in the Russian investigation."

"He's supposed to be recused," he added. "He's been recused in body in that he doesn't show to the Russians witness interviews, but not in spirit. He has his hand all over every subpoena that he signs and now he's actively involved in this very disruptive process."

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Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., said Tuesday that Republicans are trying to mislead the public by releasing a memo from House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes, R-Calif.
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