Fox News’ Brit Hume smacks down claim Nunes memo ‘completely vindicates’ Trump

Fox News host Brit Hume on Saturday poured cold water on Donald Trump’s claim that a memo, drafted by staffers for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), “totally vindicates” him.

Trump on Saturday morning tweeted that the controversial memo,which discusses FISA warrant applications for onetime campaign adviser Carter Page—“totally vindicates” him in the Russia investigation.

This memo totally vindicates “Trump” in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2018

On Twitter Saturday, an apparent Trump-backer argued the president was referring to the bogus claim that former President Barack Obama “wiretapped” Trump Tower in 2016.

“I believe his vindication tweet was about the ‘Wiretapping.’” the user insisted. “The media went crazy and beat him in the head with that for weeks. Where are the corrections to that story?”

Trump last year claimed—without evidence—that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential election. The president once said he felt “somewhat vindicated” for making that bogus claim after Nunes (yes, that same Nunes) publicized allegations the previous administration “unmasked” members of the Trump campaign and transition officials. Nunes’ Senate counterpart, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC), told reporters the “unmasking” scandal was “created by Devin Nunes.”

As Hume pointed out Saturday, the “wiretapping” claim on Trump Tower and the FISA warrant on Page are two separate claims.

Trump claimed he was wiretapped. The memo says Carter Page was wiretapped. How does that vindicate him?

— Brit Hume (@brithume) February 4, 2018

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