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The ‘Nunes Memo’ Ripping the Justice Department Was Written by Former Justice Department Lawyer

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House intelligence committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes has been the face of a memo expected to be released today that is fracturing relations between federal law enforcement and the president. But a little-known committee staffer whose last job was in the Justice Department put the explosive document together.

Kash Patel, according to sources familiar with the memo, read the highly classified intelligence it’s based on (something the Justice Department indicates Nunes has not done), drafted the memo, and then dealt with FBI and Justice Department efforts to keep it from being released to the public.

The FBI said on Wednesday that the memo has “material omissions of fact fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

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