It is not a big surprise to me that the republican President Donald Trump blocked the memo drafted by the democrats from the US House Intelligence Committee in response to the memo already which had already been made public by the republican chair Rep. Devin Nunes around 2/3/ 18. Mr. Nunes acted with the full blessing of the White House despite the FBI recommending that this not be done because it was full of omissions which would materially alter whatever was claimed by his memo.
Rep. Nunes memo has been so debunked that in my mind, the fact that the president is blocking the Democrats’ counter memo, adds up to form of admission on his part that the 2nd memo has merit, and this is a sufficient response. Checkmate.
The Rep Nunes memo is a “nothing burger” but the republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Chuck Grassley of the US Senate Judiciary Committee are taking up the mantel as they are still in hot pursuit to show that those who ordered the FISA warrant around October 2016 against Carter Page, were too reliant on the Christopher Steele dossier paid by theHillary Clinton Campaign. This maneuver has not received the fanfare of the Rep. Nunes memo but it shows the republicans are still convinced there is meat on this bone.
I am hanging my hat on the concept that Christopher Steele with his British MI6 background including expertise on all things Russia, and who had previously worked with the FBI on a major case, was a reliable source. The FBI agents are the recipient of all sorts of tips, from folks who are less than stellar representatives of society with all types of hidden agendas. It is up to the FBI to verify any tips. This is what they do.
Here is the rest of the story…
On February 9, 2018, Caroline Orr of Shareblue media penned the following report, “Air Force JAG congressman nails Trump: “An innocent person would not block the memo”
“A week after authorizing the release of the notorious “Nunes memo,” the White House announced on Friday night that it was blocking the public release of a Democratic memo based on the same underlying intelligence as the GOP document.”
“The move raises a host of questions about Donald Trump’s motives for declassifying the intelligence in the Republican memo but refusing to do so for the Democratic version of the memo, despite a unanimous vote by the bipartisan House Intelligence Committee in favor of publishing the second memo.”
“In a tweet posted just minutes after the White House announced its decision to block the Democratic memo from public view, Lieu slammed the move as “outrageous” and said he’s now “convinced [Trump] is intentionally hiding relevant information from the American people in order to mislead the public.”
“An innocent person would not block the memo,” Lieu added.”
“The Democratic memo from Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, was written in response to the GOP memo, which accused the FBI of surveillance abuses against Trump campaign aide Carter Page.”
“Schiff and his Democratic colleagues — along with top officials in the FBI and DOJ — say the Republican memo, written by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, is misleading and omits key facts. Trump, however, said this week that the failed memo “vindicated” him — a claim that even Republicans refuted nearly unanimously.”
“The Democratic memo is expected to deliver a detailed, point-by-point rebuttal of the claims in the GOP memo. It’s also expected to lay out the case for why the FBI had good reason to request a surveillance warrant for Page as part of its ongoing counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.”
“The move by the Trump White House to block the release of the Democratic memo not only gives the appearance that he may be hiding something, but it also suggests that Trump only declassified the material in the GOP document to provide political cover for himself.”