House intel Republican disagrees Trump is vindicated, says his own party is exaggerating


Trump's own party knows the FBI smear memo is a flop.

Donald Trump's desperation to salvage the embarrassing failure of the Republicans' false smear memo took another major hit Sunday, as a Republican member of the committee that released the memo rebuked Trump's own taking points about it.

On Saturday, Trump insisted that the bogus memo "totally vindicates 'Trump'" in the Russia probe.

But that assertion was rebutted the next morning by Texas Republican and House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Will Hurd on ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."

Stephanopoulos asked Hurd, "So you don’t agree with President Trump when he says this vindicates him in the entire Russia investigation?"

"I don’t," Hurd replied.

"I don’t agree with some of my colleagues that say, you know, always using the words 'explosive,'" Hurd added. "I’m not shocked that elected officials are using hyperbole and exaggerations."

As White House officials feared in advance of the memo's release, the smear effort was a self-evident failure.

But now, Trump has a member of his own party, from the very committee that composed and released the memo, admitting that its import was exaggerated, and that it does not vindicate Trump.

And things don't figure to get any better for Trump and his memo anytime soon. Republicans have now been forced to support the release of a Democratic intel report that will further destroy this sham, and shine another brilliant spotlight on this attempt to obstruct the Russia investigation.