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Editor:

Rep. Elise Stefanik, a majority member of the House Intelligence Committee, recently voted to release the Nunes memo impugning the FBI FISA process. This concerns me greatly.

If there had not been a coordinated, two-week media frenzy with Fox News and Russian bots to "#releasethememo," maybe I would not have a pit in my stomach.

And if the GOP House Committee, led by the supposedly recused Nunes, had followed protocol and had the memo vetted first by the DOJ and the FBI (as the Democrats on the committee did with their memo) then maybe I would believe Elise's defense of "transparency." But there is not much nobility in this committee's reckless and driven behavior to malign the FBI in their pursuit of Russian interference of the 2016 election.

Stefanik is the same representative who early on followed in Chairman Nunes' path to go after unmasking leakers instead of the investigating Russians, after the chair was found to have met with Trump's White House – and was then supposed to have recused himself – which Nunes obviously has not. Stefanik's subsequent party-line behavior following Nunes' misdirection on this committee is not representative of my standards of professionalism as expected. I do not like to see my republic dismantled from inside the congressional chambers by compromised Trump team members leading the Russian investigation astray. Our safe and fair elections are much too important.

Julie A. Wash, Saratoga Springs

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