Republicans tried to discredit the Russia investigation. Instead they discredited themselves.

Trump and the GOP are digging themselves an even deeper hole on Russia

Rep. Devin Nunes faces the press.
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For weeks leading up to last Friday, conservatives clamored to #ReleaseTheMemo. They shook their fists at the fact that a blockbuster exposé by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that supposedly revealed an FBI/Justice Department conspiracy to take down President Trump was being withheld from the public. It was all ridiculous kabuki, because the people who had control of whether it would be released were, first, the Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee, and second, Trump himself, who as president had to give final approval for the document to be declassified. What a surprise that they gave in to all that pressure and made it public.

The memo, it turned out, was a gigantic dud, to the point where even some Republicans tried to distance themselves from the over-hyping. But along the way, Republicans made so many arguments about how the Nunes memo had to be made public in the name of "transparency" that they backed themselves into a corner. While the Intelligence Committee had previously voted down a proposal to also release a rebuttal memo prepared by Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, they've now been forced to reverse course. On Monday, the committee took another vote on the Schiff memo, this time voting to allow it to become public.

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