Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Statement on Release of Nunes Memo

February 2, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the release of the declassified Nunes memo:

“Over the objections of the intelligence community, House Republicans - with the support of President Trump - recklessly and dangerously released a highly misleading, purely partisan memo that distorts classified information in an obvious attempt to discredit the accelerating Russia investigation. President Trump has repeatedly tried to impede and undercut this investigation into Russian election sabotage and his own Russian ties, and the release of this memo is a glaring testimony of the willingness of congressional Republicans to aid the president in obstructing justice.

“President Trump has shown a complete lack of respect for the constitution and a willingness to abuse the powers of his office. Congressman Devin Nunes, who, along with the Republican staff of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, prepared and altered the memo before sending it to the White House, has done the same. He should immediately be removed as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.”