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Wyden to talk Nunes memo at weekend town halls

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, holds a town hall at David Douglas High School on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (KATU Photo)

Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden will be discussing the discord in Washington, D.C. during a series of town halls this weekend.

There's seemingly more fallout every day stemming from a memo released by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee.

Wyden is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and has had strong words on the memo, calling it a "laughable hack job" in a tweet.

On Friday night, he spoke to a crowd at David Douglas High School about the issue, as he tours the region this weekend, speaking to Oregonians face to face as the controversy swirls.

"Well certainly this has been a hectic few days, but they’ve been important days because certainly there’s a lot going on in Washington, D.C. Oregon is a long ways away from the nation’s capital; it’s my job to shorten the distance and one of the ways to do it is to have these meetings," Wyden said.

Wyden's taking questions from the audience during his town hall stops, and whether those in attendance agree or disagree with his stance, the senator thinks all Oregonians have something in common.

"In Oregon you can go to a county where the president won by 20 points or a county where Hillary Clinton won by 20 points, but everybody believes in basic fairness," Wyden said.

Wyden continues his town hall schedule in Clatsop County Saturday morning, with an 11:30 a.m. event at Astoria High School followed by a 4 p.m. town hall at the Tillamook Bay Officers Mess Hall in Tillamook.

On Sunday, Wyden wraps up his busy weekend with a noon town hall at Century High School in Hillsboro.

Despite the busy schedule, Wyden insists these events are vitally important.

"There’s just no substitute for it, no matter how much technology we have, there is nothing as important as an elected official standing in front of the people they are honored to represent (and) let those people look the elected official in the eye and respond to their concerns," Wyden said.

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