The controversial Nunes memo is out -- and one national security expert is decidedly unimpressed.
Bradley Moss, an attorney who specializes in litigating national security matters, has written a tweet storm in which he shreds the memo and says that he believes it amounts to a "pathetic joke."
"This is the scandal??" Moss writes incredulously of the memo. "Are you kidding me?"
He then goes on to explain why there is simply no major scandal embedded within Nunes' memo, and he says that British spy Christopher Steele's personal biases against then-candidate Donald Trump are completely irrelevant to whether a FISA court should have granted the FBI a FISA warrant to surveil former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page.
"The entire premise of its insuffiency is the fact that the FBI/DOJ didn't tell the FISC that Steele was biased against Trump," he writes. "So the hell what? They're not REQUIRED to reveal that in every case. Unless that bias somehow renders the information, in and of itself, unreliable, it doesn't matter if Steele wore a 'I'm with Hillary' button. It's irrelevant."
Moss then went on to note that the Nunes memo confusingly admits that the FBI first launched its investigation into the Trump campaign based on the drunken boasts of former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who bragged to an Australian diplomat that he knew the Russian government would release dirt on rival Hillary Clinton.
In conclusion, Moss says the FBI needs to clear this up by releasing the entire FISA application on Page -- which he notes is usually between 50 to 100 pages long.
Read the whole tweet storm below.
This is the scandal?? Are you kidding me? https://t.co/GpLGwqaobh— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss) 1517592103.0
The Nunes memo is exactly the pathetic joke I expected it to be. 1) It admits that the Steele dossier is only a pa… https://t.co/AFbnbEHab7— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss) 1517592168.0
2) The entire premise of its insuffiency is the fact that the FBI/DOJ didn't tell the FISC that Steele was biased a… https://t.co/VRh0PbBdjC— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss) 1517592297.0
@OrinKerr @lawfareblog Unless that bias somehow renders the information, in and of itself, unreliable, it doesn't m… https://t.co/65efEUFfZL— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss) 1517592394.0
Any pundit that goes out there and says this is the FISA memo is a bombshell scandal is either a hack, stupid, naïv… https://t.co/9KGi8vDl3p— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss) 1517593527.0