There’s a confusing and just plain strange conspiracy campaign that has made its way through right-wing Internet channels allegedly supported by Russian bots and has landed in our news feeds. It’s #ReleaseTheMemo, and you’ve probably seen more than a few headlines about it.

The facts are rapidly changing, spiraling into near parody, but the truth is that the memo is anything but a smoking gun. Rather, it is an attempt to give Trump cover to fire Rosenstein as a way to impede the Mueller investigation.

The bigger picture is that this is all part of an intense smear campaign against the Mueller investigation.


Democrats should read their rebuttal memo into the congressional record. 

Any Member of Congress who has access to the Democratic memo, or can speak about its conclusions, should read it into the congressional record.

And, even though the Constitution would protect any Member of Congress who read the Democratic memo into the record from liability, that doesn’t mean they would be protected from other penalties such as losing committee placement or, at worst, being expelled from Congress. It would be a risk.

But, this is something that the minority party can control. If they are serious about releasing this information to the public, to rebut the Nunes “memo,” this is an option they should consider.

In the meantime, other Members of Congress should speak out and denounce the Nunes memo as a PR stunt. Then they should unequivocally state that if Trump were to fire Mueller or Rosenstein, or otherwise obstruct the investigation, that would be an unacceptable red line. Click here for resources to protect the Mueller investigation against Trump’s interference.


  • This memo is a manufactured non-scandal designed to help Trump escape accountability for his obstruction of justice.
  • Every Member of Congress should clearly call it out as a political stunt and do everything they can to protect the Mueller investigation.
  • Any Member who has access to the rebuttal memo and believes the American public should have access to that information, should read it into the congressional record.



Caller: Hi! I’m a constituent from [part of state]. I’m calling because I’m really disappointed that this Nunes memo is getting so much attention. It’s a see-through political stunt to hurt the Mueller investigation and shield Trump from accountability. Will [MoC] speak out and to denounce “the memo” and protect the Mueller investigation?

Staffer: Thank you for calling. [MoC] agrees and thinks the memo shouldn’t have been released.

Caller: Great. Does [MoC] also believe that, if Trump were to use this memo as an excuse to fire Rosenstein or Mueller, that would be an unacceptable red line?

Staffer: My boss wants to let the investigations carry forward uninterrupted.

Caller: I would like to see [him/her] issue a public statement making clear that these are red lines, and that the memo is a Republican PR stunt and not an excuse to obstruct justice.

Staffer: I’ll relay that concern to the boss.


Caller: Great. Has [MoC] read the Democratic rebuttal memo?

Staffer: Yes, but unfortunately the Committee voted not to make it public.

Caller: Then I think that [MoC] should read it into the congressional record. The Constitution protects [him/her] from liability in sharing that information, even if it’s classified. We need to have that context in order to counter the misinformation of the Nunes “memo.”

Staffer: I’ll relay that request to the boss.

Caller: Yes, please do. We as constituents will back [him/her] up on this.