'Isn't intel and Nunes an oxymoron?': Democratic House member lays waste to Nunes in blistering dismantling of memo
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) -- MSNBC screenshot

Appearing on MSNBC, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) had very little good to say about his House colleague, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), all but calling him stupid in an interview with host Alex Witt.


Asked about the House intel head, Cohen got the interview off to a rousing start by quipping, "Doesn't it sound like an oxymoron to say 'intel chair' and 'Nunes?'"

Host Witt didn't take the bait, and instead asked about the Nunes memo and the possible firing of Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein by President Donald Trump, asking, "Didn't it sound like Rod Rosenstein's job was safe?" in reference to Trump's morning comments.

"It's not safe," Cohen replied. "Trump will do whatever he can to get away with what he's done with the Russians. He knows what he did with the Russians during the campaign and he knows what the Russians have on him. That's affecting our government and that's why the sanctions were passed almost unanimously."

"That's why he hasn't released his taxes," he continued. "That's why he loves Putin. We have a foreign entity, our most feared and reviled enemy, Russia, who despises the whole idea of democracy and free government and free press who has taken over and has an influence over our president, and that is harmful. It's disgraceful, so to speak."

Asked about the Nunes memo, Cohen trashed the GOP's motives for making it public.

"It revealed sources and methods that never should have been released," Cohen explained. "This wasn't created to help the intelligence committee. It was created to be released, and it was created to be released without the Democratic memo to respond to it being released contemporaneously. This is simply a four-page, poorly drafted, shallow memo written for the purpose of creating a sideshow so we won't talk with what Trump has done with Russia, why he doesn't want Mueller to go forward, why he doesn't release his taxes and all the other things he's done."

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