CONTACT:  Ron Boehmer

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today released the following statement after reviewing a memo authored by U.S. Representative Devin Nunes (CA-22). The memo includes allegations of misdeeds at the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

“Republicans trying to derail the investigation into Russia’s interference in our elections infer that there is a memo that will blow the lid off the investigation and show political motivations behind the Department of Justice and the FBI. Their calls for the release of a ‘classified’ memo are nothing more than an attempt to distract from the facts. I have read the so called classified memo, and I can assure you that it is all smoke and no fire. I too call for its release to, once and for all, end the FBI witch hunt.

“Rep. Nunes is the same Member of Congress who was so lacking in credibility that he was forced to recuse himself from the Russia investigation due to his partisan meddling and overt efforts to shield President Trump from efforts to get to the bottom of the story. This memo is full of inaccuracies and assumptions that only serve to give Congressional Republicans fake political talking points, while playing into their narrative to undermine the FBI and the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

“We must release the memo and all supporting documents to have an honest conversation and correct the record, rather than defaulting to Rep. Nunes’s one-sided version of ‘truth.’ These are serious allegations from Rep. Nunes and the American people deserve to see how he created these ridiculous fabrications to back up a baseless storyline.”

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