Calls on Comstock to Speak Out Against the Release of the "Nunes Memo"
For Immediate Release: February 1, 2018
Contact: Kim Devlin, 516-510-3001
(McLean, VA) – Paul Pelletier, Democratic candidate for VA-10, today called on U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock to stand up to the Trump Administration and leaders in her party and defend the men and women in our nation’s law enforcement agencies against the politicization of their jobs by those who care only about their one-sided agendas.
"The imminent release of the debunked ‘Nunes Memo’ over the objections of the Department of Justice and the FBI would continue the quest of the Trump Administration and the Paul Ryan-led House to erode and debase important law enforcement pillars of our Democracy and our national security. This memo has the single goal of providing false political cover to the President to deflect Mueller's independent investigation into the Trump campaign's collusion with Russia," stated Pelletier, a former federal prosecutor.
The "Nunes Memo" is a classified document composed and edited in secret by Republicans in Congress. It misleadingly alleges purported FBI abuse in surveillance activities with regard to the infamous "Trump Dossier." The FBI and Justice Department have warned that the release of the partisan document would be improper and that it contains material errors in fact. Pelletier points out that the evidence that Congressman Nunes collaborated with the White House in drafting the memo shows the political corruption surrounding the memo.
"With so much at stake, the Republicans in the House simply cannot shirk their duty to act as a check and balance to Trump's craven attempts to run the country like he ran Trump University," said Pelletier. "The constant false narratives and deliberate ploys are calculated obstruction and precisely why the American people have lost faith in the Republicans in control of Congress.
"I urge Republicans in the House of Representatives, most especially Barbara Comstock, to do their jobs and stand up for the democratic ideals upon which America was founded and to stand up for the integrity of our men and women serving in law enforcement and national security. They should immediately halt the release of this hoax referred to as the ‘Nunes memo.’" said Pelletier.
After serving as a federal prosecutor for over 27 years, Pelletier retired from the Department of Justice in 2011. While at Justice, Pelletier developed a reputation as a fearless fighter who would successfully prosecute the biggest and baddest criminals, including international drug kingpins, Wall Street and banking executives and corrupt politicians, on both sides of the aisle. The 10th Congressional District is located in Northern Virginia and includes portions of Fairfax and Prince William Counties, all of Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick Counties and the cities of Winchester, Manassas and Manassas Park. A primary for the Democratic nomination will be held June 12, 2018.