Fox News host Shepard Smith on Wednesday said that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was just creating a diversion from the Russia investigation by pushing for the release of a controversial memo about the FBI.
The memo purportedly contains evidence of FBI surveillance abuse related to the investigation. But the agency said in a statement that the memo was misleading and inaccurate.
“FBI officials are raising concerns about the accuracy and the possible release of the Republican memo on the Russia investigation,” Smith reported. “The FBI released a rare public statement this afternoon that reads in part ‘as expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.'”
He said that Trump’s own FBI chief, Christopher Wray, had warned against releasing the document to the public.
Smith further reported that the memo was put together by Nunes’ staff. He noted that Nunes had claimed last year that he had evidence that the government had improperly intercepted communications between Trump and members of his transition team.
“He’s House Intelligence Committee chairman that recused himself from the Russia investigation,” Smith remarked. “He made that midnight dash to the White House last year and then staged a dramatic revelation news conference that turned out to be nothing. Nunes is a loyal supporter of the president and served on his transition team.”
Later on his show, Smith accused Nunes of committing acts of “mass distraction” to help the president in the Russia investigation.
“As we reported from the beginning, this is from Devin Nunes, whose last big act of mass distraction was eventually seen as exactly that on the midnight run on the building behind the White House, when he was supposedly taking information to them and instead took it from them and came out and had a news conference and it’s been widely discredited since they,” the Fox News host said.
“He had recused himself from this investigation. Here he is again and he’s effectively changed the subject. If that was the goal to distract, they’ve been highly successful thus far.”