Merkley: Release of Nunes Memo Shows House Republicans Will Go to Nearly Any Length to Obstruct Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee published the Nunes memo:

“The House Republicans have gone through with their plan to release a highly misleading memo made up of cherry-picked classified information. This puts us in extremely dangerous territory. It upends the relationship between the intelligence community and Congress, threatening the ability for different branches of government to work together to protect the American people’s safety. But even more alarming, it shows that House Republicans are willing to go to nearly any length to obstruct the Russia investigation and aid and abet President Trump’s attacks on Mueller.

“This is a five-alarm fire for anyone who cares about equal justice and the principle that no one is above the law. The checks and balances envisioned in our constitution only work if Congress is willing to stand up against an unlawful, out-of-control President. Thanks to Devin Nunes and the House Republicans who are putting party above country, we are now teetering on the brink of a constitutional crisis.”