Who wrote the Nunes memo

Why did the House Intelligence Committee vote against the publication of the Democratic Memo?

They write:

The House Intelligence Committee has just voted to issue a memo, written by Chairman Devin Nunes and other Republicans, discussing the FBI's alleged wrongdoing in the Trump-Russia investigation.

All the media reports I've seen claim the memo was written by Devin Nunes and members of the committee.

This is how Reuters characterizes the memo:

Two sources familiar with the memo said it accused the FBI and the Justice Department of abusing their authority by asking a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge to request an extension of a wiretapping operation on Carter Page, an advisor on Trump's campaign 2016, to agree.

The memo alleges that the FBI and the Department of Justice based the request on a dossier compiled by a former British spy who is digging up negative information about Trump from a research firm partially funded by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign wanted.

Source: Reuters

They write:

Democrats on the committee claim this memo is misleading and they wrote their own memo based on the same intelligence that the Nunes memo is based on ...

You should provide a reference to support your claim that the Democrats' memo is based on "the same intelligence that Nunes used".

They write:

... unless they claim that their memo paints a more accurate picture of what the intelligence is actually saying.

Again, a reference would be useful.

They write:

House Intelligence Committee Republicans voted in favor of publishing the Nunes memo, but voted against publishing the Democratic memo. My question is, did Chairman Nunes or other Republicans on the committee publicly discuss why they voted against the publication of the Democratic memo?

Republicans say they need time to read the Democrats' memo.

Republican senior Republican Mike Conaway said Republicans voted against publishing the Democratic memo because the House of Representatives did not have a chance to read it. He said the committee would allow members of the House to read it and consider making it public afterwards.

Source: Reuters

Or maybe Republicans want to keep all eyes on their memo without being distracted in the moment.

[House Intelligence Committee member, Adam] Schiff said Republicans said they might consider releasing the Democrats' memo in another week. Depending on when the Nunes memo is released, it could dominate the Washington and television discussion for several days before the Democratic counterpoint is revealed.

Source: NPR

Also note the following:

More specifically, your question could be: Why haveall republicansVoted against the publication of the democratic memo in the House Intelligence Committee?

You can then ask: Why haveall democratsVoted in the House Intelligence Committee against the publication of the Republican memo?

On the basis of the number of votes alone, one can extrapolate that party political interests, especially the upcoming mid-term elections, also have an impact on the votes of every member.

More information: https://intelligence.house.gov/


"You can extrapolate ..." That just seems to be a more eccentric variant of "I'm speculating ...". Don't get me wrong, the answer is still useful but basically you don't know why, maybe nobody really knows why. Anyway, why questions are always difficult.


@Trilarion, your comment focuses on true motivations. But the question doesn't ask about real motivations. It is specifically asked whether the issue was "discussed publicly" by Republicans in the committee. The answer to this question is clearly "yes" and I have given an example. Everything else I've written is detailed but not necessary.


"Speculation" and "extrapolation" are also practically opposites. The former theorizes with no data or evidence. The latter is a projection based on actual data or evidence. @ Trilarion


For me, "speculation" and "extrapolation" tend to be synonymous, especially in everyday language. Any extrapolation is partially speculative; most speculations are based on some form of evidence.


@ Trilarion, fair enough. But I used the word "extrapolation" on purpose because I think that extrapolation is more useful than mere speculation with batch responses. The fact is, I wouldn't even have added this section to my answer without at least some data to back it up.