Like many Republicans these days, it appears that Representative Devin Nunes has a hard time understanding facts.
Nunes is of course the man responsible for the release of the memo which was supposed to clearly prove the FBI bias during their investigation into the Russian collusion during the 2016 Presidential Election. Instead of containing any shocking revelations, the memo mostly just confirmed information which has already been reported.
One of the details corroborated by the memo is that the original FBI investigation into Trump’s campaign began when then-campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, while drunk, mentioned to an Australian diplomat that he’d been told that Russian officials had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
Papadopoulos served on Trump’s foreign policy advisory council. In October, he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia.
But on Monday, while appearing on Fox & Friends, Nunes attempted to de-emphasize Papadapoulos’s importance to Trump’s campaign. Nunes said, “As far as we can tell, Papadopoulos never even had met with the president.”
The problem with his statement is that it isn’t true. There is photographic evidence, from Trump’s own Instagram feed, which shows Papadapoulos in a meeting with members of Trump’s national security team and Trump himself.
No doubt, Trump and his allies are trying to create distance between Trump and Papadapoulos in an effort to minimize the impact that his indictment has against the president. But blatantly lying about the relationship between Trump and Papadapoulos just makes it seem as though the president has something to hide. Perhaps Trump’s cronies should double-check their “facts”, make sure that there’s no evidence to the contrary before stating them.