aside OLD NEWS ALREADY: President Blocked Release of Democrats Response To Rep. Nunes Memo


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.”

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“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.”


  1. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    I really expected that King Little Hand Donnie would actually release the memo with virtually all the words blacked out! I wonder what his response would be if someone reminded him that over the last several days he has been screaming DUE PROCESS should be allowed. Then again I keep forgetting that he is above laws that we mere mortals are required to obey…

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    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      This is more true to form. I did not think he would release it because it puts the lie squarely against the memo he did release without following the standard de-classification process. However, his non-action speaks volumes and for now there will be no more memos.

      The republicans did overplay their hand with the help of Breitbart, Infowars and other right wing media outlets and Russian bots raising the hopes of President Trump’s base which ended up being totally debunked with lots of fanfare. With the president refusing to okay the democrats counter memo for public dissemination, he is admitting defeat for now. The Dems have checkmated him for now.

      It is important to note that the republicans are fishing for anything they can use to discredit the FBI and its Trump-Russia final work product. In my mind they are doing this at the expense of protecting the integrity of our vote in November 2018.

      Hugs, Gronda


    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      Thanks for the reference.

      This is what I meant when I wrote, “t is important to note that the republicans are fishing for anything they can use to discredit the FBI and its Trump-Russia final work product. In my mind they are doing this at the expense of protecting the integrity of our vote in November 2018.”

      The Senators’ letters made public has received little fanfare because it looks like just another fishing expedition chasing another conspiracy theory to muddy the waters over the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe.

      Hugs, Gronda


  2. Perhaps someone on his team should consider reading the histories of the Johnson and Nixon administration and the tangles they became tied up in. Although flawed both were professional politicians and yet they fell, through those flaws.
    These days seem like a re-run of Watergate.

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    • Dear Roger,

      This is an interesting comparison. The big difference in the cases of Nixon and Johnson, is that there were US Congressional representatives who stepped forward from these men’s same parties to challenge them. There were also the sycophants but there were also those in sufficient numbers standing up to their respective leaders.

      This time, there is an incompetent individual, both professionally and politically in the White House but who is being enabled and assisted instead of being checked by the congressional representatives from his side.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • This would seemed to be the paradox of it Gronda.
        A section of people fed up with the antics of the legislature decided to play their trust in this person who claimed he could sort it all out. A person who was the least likely to do.
        Now he and ‘the problem’ have coalesced into a symbiotic creature.

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  3. Gronda, this is not a surprise. The fact it comes ten days after the Nunes’ memo is telling, as it is old news. Trump only needed a prop with the Nunes’ memo – its lack of accuracy is irrelevant. On the Democrat rebuttal, Trump claiming it is political is laughable. He has made everything political – Justice, FBI, media.

    Like Putin, he is doing his best to tear down our institutions and the spineless Republican legislators are enabling him with their silence and help. At least that is the opinion of this Independent and former Republican. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      At this point, if I were the democrats, I wouldn’t even try anymore to release the rebuttal memo. I would rest on my laurels and the president’s hypocrisy which is indicative of his guilt.

      Hugs, Gronda


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