Febrero 19, 2018

Here's Trump's Next Move On House Intel Democrats' FISA Memo

09 Febrero 2018, 09:36 | Gervasio Siguenza

Here's Trump's Next Move On House Intel Democrats' FISA Memo

Here's Trump's Next Move On House Intel Democrats' FISA Memo

At the same time, the dispute over the fate of the Democrats' memo opens the door for a potential break between House Republicans and the White House - not such a bad thing these days.

Panel Republicans share the Democrats' frustration when it comes to Bannon, who they believe must be compelled to testify in their probe if the committee's subpoenas are to have any weight at all.

Perhaps members of both houses should demand a "redo". From there the document has gone to the White House for declassification review.

It sounded like a warning to Trump, who might be tempted to use the memo as a pretense to rid himself of the troublesome Mueller. "Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information". Schiff told the press that the memo will rebut the Republican version point by point. Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has insisted it has nothing to do with the Mueller investigation but about the FBI abusing power to spy on civilians. The public has a right to know all the facts in this case, wherever they lead.

On Tuesday, Kelly told a source close to the White House that President Donald Trump had not yet reviewed the Democratic memo, but that he expected the White House to approve its release-with some minor redactions for security reasons.

"I never allege a conspiracy when simple incompetence will suffice as an explanation", he said.

The Wall Street Journal hasn't exactly been one of Trump's fiercest supporters, which is why it's significant that the newspaper is now confronting other outlets that tried to bury or downplay the information put forth by the Nunes memo and the Grassley-Graham letter. The intelligence committee on Monday authorized its release and sent it to the president, who will decide whether it should be declassified.

Conaway said after the vote that parts of the document should not be released. "Otherwise, don't release any of them".

President Trump met with a top Justice Department official Tuesday to review a classified Democratic memo on the Russian Federation investigation, less than a week after he brushed aside objections from the same agency over releasing a Republican account.

Former CIA Director Mike Hayden worries that the memo's release will damage congressional oversight and the effectiveness of law enforcement.

The contract between intelligence agencies and the House intelligence committee is broken, he warned. "In my view, public release of the memo is the fulfillment of these oversight responsibilities". But for his deceptive, demoralizing and risky assault on the Federal Bureau of Investigation - an institution that, like the Army, is dedicated to defending America - Nunes, too, deserves to be censured by his colleagues and stripped of his chairmanship. "Moreover, the matter should not be taken as undermining the work of Special Counsel Mueller".

With the committee now green-lighting the minority memo's release, sending it on to Trump, Schiff said his bigger concern was that the Republicans would selectively redact it. Consider this: The last USA secret documents from the World War I era were not declassified until 2011.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that Christopher Steele's dossier on Donald Trump was "political garbage" and almost completely unverified. Partisans on the left are reading coverage and editorials in The New York Times and the Washington Post and drawing sustenance for their position that the memo is a "nothingburger" and does not undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's "collusion" with Russian Federation to influence the election. He has been subpoenaed and has now delayed answering the panel's questions three times as the committee negotiates with his lawyer and the White House over the terms of his interview.

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