'Devin Nunes has zero credibility': Ex-FBI agent obliterates House intel head for doing Russia's work for them
Clint Watts (MSNBC)

An MSNBC panel lambasted House Intel committee head Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Tuesday morning for pushing out a memo that endangers FBI methods and sources in an effort to undermine the agency's investigation into President Donald Trump.


Sitting in with MSNBC hosts Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle, former FBI agent -- and now MSNBC contributor -- Clint Watts said the release of the memo was a major concern among law enforcement officials and suggested that political parties will use the release as a blueprint in the future to attack any inquiry they feel may hurt their party.

"What they're trying to do is create a narrative that the investigation was rigged against Donald Trump," Watts explained. "They are picking and choosing things that suit their narrative without putting any context around it. Just imagine the domino effect this could create if every current and future political party that is in Congress and oversight committee picks and chooses classified information they want to release against their opponent, whoever it is in the minority at the time? It will literally cause such great harm to this country."

"Every agent running an investigation; FBI, other agents are secretly flabbergasted," Watts continued. "They have to say, 'how is this one piece of information I put in a report going to be twisted or used by a congressman many years from now?'"

Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman jumped in to take aim at Nunes, calling him out for a "cheap political stunt."

"I think it solidifies the idea that this is just a cheap political stunt,"Akerman exclaimed. "There is no way you can understand whether or not the FISA warrant was valid based on a three or four-page memo written by none other than Nunes, who has zero credibility. He pulled that stunt with the White House, getting information supposedly proving Obama wiretapped Trump when he got the information from the White House  -- and then went to the White House, saying he was giving it to the White House."

'The fallout here is just as Clint said," the former prosecutor continued. "It is going to impact the FBI, their ability to do investigations. I think the real problem here is what they're trying to create is designed to undermine the Mueller investigation, that's what's really behind all of this."

'You have to wonder, five years from now, three years from now, is some politician going to dig into these records and tie me to something completely unrelated?" Watts interjected. "If I do a FISA application, will it be turn on me by a political witch hunt and I'll be investigated for my job? Or will the president decide he wants to pressure me and throw me out of the organization after 20 years of service?"

Watts then got down to the heart of the matter.

"It destroys trust in U.S. institutions," the retired FBI agent lamented. "What is ironic about this is:  this is the goal of Russians. It is subversion, to confuse you with alternative stories that you don't understand or what the truth is and you don't want to know -- so you quit trying. What is most amazing about this is Russian measures work because Americans do it to each other.And now the playbook is being used by our own American political parties."

You can watch the video below via MSNBC: