Robert Donachie, DCNF
Nobel Prize winning economist and New York Times editorialist Paul Krugman thinks the Republican memo released Friday will leave “Trump apologists weaker than they were before.”
“It’s actually a negaburger — it leaves Trump apologists weaker than they were before,” Krugman tweeted Friday.
It's actually a negaburger — it leaves Trump apologists weaker than they were before https://t.co/RXCb4krqgz
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) February 2, 2018
Krugman is referencing the White House’s release of a highly-anticipated memo Friday that alleges the Justice Department omitted critical information in an application for a spy warrant against a former Trump campaign advisor.
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee drafted the three-and-a-half page memo. The document says that FBI and DOJ officials knew that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee financed the memo when the agencies applied for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to spy on Carter Page, but did not disclose that information on the September 2016 application.
Republican leadership in Congress has done its best to separate Muller’s investigation from the memo, but reports have speculated that President Donald Trump wanted the memo to get released in an effort to help undermine Mueller’s investigation.
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