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Nunes memo release sets tense stage for cententious week

Lesley Clark, McClatchy Washington Bureau on

Published in Political News

WASHINGTON -- Friday's release of the much-debated Nunes memo ended the intrigue over the document, and set a tense stage for what was already shaping up to be a contentious week.

Members of both parties must now resume talks on how to deal with their most pressing public policy issues: immigration and government funding.

Republicans and Democrats have been trying to find common ground on those matters, and the evidence on Friday showed that effort will continue.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who is chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and championed the memo's release, said he doesn't expect it to change the tone of the debate over the budget and other issues.

"I don't see this as anything that distracts from the legislative process. It certainly is something that cannot be ignored ... but we're also not going to put on the sidelines funding for our military men and women and dealing with immigration," he said.

There will be bickering, but there will also be legislating.

Much of the past five days was spent wrangling over the memo.

The memo prepared by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., purportedly shows a partisan bias by federal investigators and "in my opinion, puts an end to the majority's ability to do any credible, fact-based intelligence assessments," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Democrats attacked Republicans for releasing the memo over the objections of the FBI. Republicans fired back.

"The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans -- something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!" President Donald Trump posted on Twitter.

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