“The Memo” Hypnotizing DC
- Released & written by House Intelligence Committee by Republican majority.
- Addresses findings related to investigation into Russia interference in 2016 elections.
- IncludesA controversial classified info about surveillance by the FBI.
“The Memo”: Why It Matters
- Memo alleges the FBI used info from a person hired by the Democrat National Committee & Clinton campaign to obtain a warrant to secretly ‘spy’ on an Americans close to the Trump campaign (Carter Page).
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“The Memo”: Why It Matters
- The FBI did not disclose the source of their info (Christopher Steele) worked for the opposition research firm and was personally anti-Trump.
Bottom Line Analysis
“The memo is not a “dud,” but while it confirms anti-trump bias at top of FBI/DOJ (which we already knew/suspected) not sure that makes it a “smoking gun” either.”
Tom Bevan, Real Clear Politics, Co-Founder & Publisher
- Chair of Intelligence Cmte: Devin NunesA (R-CA) released memo.
- Ranking Member:A Adam Schiff (D-CA) says politics at play.
- POTUS: Approved release of memo.
The President Says
“The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans – something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!”
“…it’s clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an American political campaign
Devin Nunes (R-CA) Chair of House Intelligence Cmte, Jan 31, 2018
“The decision by Nunes to employ an obscure rule to release classified information for partisan political purposes crossed a dangerous line, and increases the risk of a constitutional crisis…”
Adam Schiff (D-CA) Ranking Democrat, House Intel Cmte, Jan 31, 2018 via @RepAdamSchiff
What You Should Know: FBI
- FBI statement:A A “grave concerns” about memo’s accuracy
- Surveillance of Americans by the FBI is approved throughA FISA courts a similar to getting a warrant in aA classifiedA setting.
- However, if you’re “spied” on by FBI, you would not be told.
Feb 2, 2018
- Read the unredacted Nunes memo: http://docs.house.gov/meetings/IG/IG00/20180129/106822/HMTG-115-IG00-20180129-SD001.pdf
- Trump nears decision on releasing GOP Russia memo (AP)
Democrats have called the memo a cherry-picked list of GOP talking points that attempts to distract from the committee”s own investigation into Russian meddling in the election that sent Trump to the White House. They have prepared their own memo in response, but Republicans voted to block its immediate public release.
The drama comes as special counsel Robert Mueller also is investigating whether the Trump campaign improperly coordinated with Russia during the campaign and whether Trump sought to obstruct the inquiry by, among other actions, firing Comey. Republicans have intensified their pressure on the Justice Department as Mueller”s probe has moved closer to Trump”s inner circle.
Trump has been telling confidants in recent days that he believes the memo will validate his concerns that the FBI and Justice Department conspired against him, according to one outside adviser familiar with those conversations but not authorized to speak publicly about private discussions.A https://apnews.com/a93bad5f2d964cf7ad7231eeb80a9a42/FBI-in-public-fight-with-Trump-over-releasing-Russia-memo
- PRESS RELEASE: DEVIN NUNES: Regardless, it”s clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an American political campaign. Once the truth gets out, we can begin taking steps to ensure our intelligence agencies and courts are never misused like this again.A A https://intelligence.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=854
- EDITORIAL: ADAM SCHIFF
On Monday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) moved to release a memo written by his staff that cherry-picks facts, ignores others and smears the FBI and the Justice Department — all while potentially revealing intelligence sources and methods. He did so even thoughA he had not readA the classified documents that the memo characterizes and refused to allow the FBI to brief the committee on the risks of publication and what it has described as material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo”s accuracy. The party-line vote to release the Republican memo but not a Democratic response was a violent break from the committee”s nonpartisan tradition and the latest troubling sign that House Republicans are willing to put the president”s political dictates ahead of the national interest.https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rep-nuness-memo-crosses-a-dangerous-line/2018/01/31/cbdabedc-0696-11e8-b48c-b07fea957bd5_story.html?utm_term=.d6bc4bbd2000