Kevin McCarthy, you are a fraud. Back before Donald Trump was elected, the Washington Post reported you to have said, “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.” Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is a Californian Republican known in Congress as a fervent defender of Putin and Russia.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., immediately interjected, stopping that recorded conversation of June 15, 2016, from further exploring McCarthy’s assertion, and swore the Republicans present to secrecy.

Now you state that this Nunes memo needs to be seen by America because it proves the investigation into Russia is a plot against the man you thought Putin was paying. You buy Trump special candies, whisper in his ear, remind him of your policies, and hang out at Mar-a-Lago. I smell a rat.

Put America first! Russia tampering with our election, with or without connections to Trump, needs to be investigated. You are purposely distracting from it. Come clean. Has your pal, the president, done something wrong? I agree with John McCain. You guys are doing Putin's job for him. And to remind you, Devin Nunes is a questionable source at best, and Carter Page has been involved with Russia since 2013. So FISA sounds pretty good on him. But I'm sure you know that.

Mark Perttula, Bakersfield