House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) both released statements criticizing President Donald Trump following the release of the controversial FISA memo.
“President Trump has surrendered his constitutional responsibility as Commander-in-Chief by releasing highly classified and distorted intelligence. By not protecting intelligence sources and methods, he just sent his friend [Russian President Vladimir] Putin a bouquet," Pelosi said in a statement, which called the document a "misleading partisan spin memo authored by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes."
"Partisan attacks" on "the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests — no party’s, no president’s, only Putin’s," McCain said in a statement.
The White House released the memo, authored by Nunes, Friday morning.
What else did McCain say?
McCain said the Russian government used the same tactics to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election that it has used against countries all over the globe. He said the plot was part of Putin's plan to undermine democracy:
Putin’s regime launched cyberattacks and spread disinformation with the goal of sowing chaos and weakening faith in our institutions. And while we have no evidence that these efforts affected the outcome of our election, I fear they succeeded in fueling political discord and dividing us from one another.
He went on to say that Americans deserve to "know all of the facts surrounding Russia’s ongoing efforts to subvert our democracy, which is why special counsel [Robert] Mueller’s investigation must proceed unimpeded."
McCain said lawmakers and Trump "must stop looking at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan sideshows. If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him.”
What else did Pelosi say?
The memo "distorts highly classified intelligence in a cynical attempt to discredit our national intelligence and law enforcement agencies and the Special Counsel investigation," Pelosi said.
She called it a "desperate attempt to distract the American people from the truth about the Trump-Russia scandal."
“One year ago, the intelligence community concluded that the Russians interfered in our elections and plan to do so again. Yet, the President refuses to hold Putin accountable, making us all ask: what do the Russians have on Trump, politically, financially and personally?" the statement said.
Pelosi also took a jab at House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for "enabling recklessness" and questioned his motives: “As the Speaker and former Vice Presidential candidate, Speaker Ryan knows how dangerous it is to jeopardize our intelligence and national security. Why is he enabling this recklessness and not taking action to remove Chairman Nunes?”