Raddatz on FISA Abuse Memo: ‘Putin Has Won the Super Bowl’

‘—Exactly what he wanted to happen in this country — this discord, this mistrust of institutions, is exactly why they operate this way’

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STEPHANOPOULOS: Martha, what a break down we have here, not only between the president and law enforcement, between the president and the intelligence community now, between the House intelligence committee and the professionals they deal with every single day.

MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC NEWS: Exactly. You know, the intelligence professionals who I have talked to this week when they look at this memo say they’re not so concerned about sources and methods — and I know the Democrats talked a lot about national security and the threat to that — not so much in that, but they will tell you — and these are career professionals, that it is incomplete and there is bias in there, but what concerns them most is the attacks on the FBI, the attacks on the intelligence community.

Because the president can say, oh, it’s not the rank and file, it’s just the leadership. But I don’t think that’s the way the public sees it. And that permeates in the same way that they call fake news. They don’t say, oh, he’s not fake, she’s not fake. Every...

STEPHANOPOULOS: So, they feel it up and down the ranks.

RADDATZ: Up and down, up and down the ranks.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And that brings up something that John McCain — John McCain also responded to this. I want to show that to everybody right now. He said the latest attacks on the FBI and the Department of Justice serve no American interest, no parties, no presidents, only Putin’s. Our nation’s elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing bipartisan sideshows. If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him.

When you think about the investment that Vladimir Putin made in interfering in our elections, it is paying off every day in spades.

RADDATZ: He won the Super Bowl, he really — Putin has won the Super Bowl here, exactly what he wanted to happen in this country — this discord, this mistrust of institutions, is exactly why they operate this way.

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