Democrats are going out of their way to keep Devin Nunes’ memo out of the eyes of the public.
All their efforts recently have been towards preventing the House Intelligence Committee Chairman’s memo from getting out. Reportedly, this memo contains a number of allegations about FBI abuses of surveillance laws.
However, the demands for releasing it, still continue to grow.
Newest information shoes us some of the reasons why some people are advocating against it.
Reportedly, the major advocate in opposition to releasing the memo is the ranking Democratic member on the Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). He advised against it saying that releasing the memo will only alienate people and they wouldn’t be able to understand it anyway.
Putting aside the fact that this is totally insulting to the American people, what Schiff is basically saying is that he’s aware how much damage this memo can cause to his precious Democrats and how it will probably raise the concern about the Obama administration spying on Trump and he doesn’t want to see it out there.
According to a report from Biz Pac Review, the memo includes three notable FBI names which Democrats wouldn’t want you to see.
The Daily Beast also reported : FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former FBI Director James Comey are specifically named in the Republican memo that claims the FBI improperly used its power under FISA, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, to spy on President Trump’s campaign.
Since Rosenstein and McCabe’s names are still crucial on the list of figures in the Russia investigation and other investigations as well, it explains why rumors have been circling around that President Trump might be considering firing McCabe.
Even a DOJ official went public to advise against the memo’s release.
Reportedly, The Justice Department warned Nunes on Wednesday that releasing the memo would be “extraordinarily reckless”.
A report from The New York Times says that the assistant attorney general, Stephen Boyd, wrote to the California Republican who chairs the House Intelligence Committee saying :“We do not understand why the committee would possibly seek to disclose classified and law enforcement sensitive information without first consulting with the relevant members of the intelligence community.”
He continued :“It would be extraordinarily reckless for the Committee to disclose such information publicly without giving the Department and the FBI the opportunity to review the memorandum and to advise the HPSCI [the House intelligence committee] of the risk of harm to national security and to ongoing investigations that could come from public release.”
Of course, the intention is not to harm any classified information. But that can be prevented with redacting and members of Congress are fully aware of that concern.
The only thing that this suggests is that the DOJ or the FBI might not want the memo out because it will raise criticism against them.
Nune’s staff pieced together this memo after months of compiling evidence. It was reported that they refused the FBI’s request to see it because of its sensitive nature. This just adds to the material to speculate that it involves possible things that the FBI itself might have to be investigated for.
In the meantime, according to the Daily Beast, after Schiff proved himself to be unsuccessful to stop the potential release, is now releasing a counter-memo of his own, which to him is “setting out the relevant facts and exposing the misleading character of the Republicans’ document.”