Trump's Justice Department Warns House Republicans Not To Release Disputed FISA Memo

Trump's Justice Department Warns House Republicans Not To Release Disputed FISA Memo

Trump's Justice Department Warns House Republicans Not To Release Disputed FISA Memo

In a letter sent Wednesday to California Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), Justice Department official Stephen Boyd argued that it would be "extraordinarily reckless" for the committee to release the memo without first consulting the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

FBI and Department of Justice officials have complained that they have not been able to view the memo, and Democrats say the document is a misleading attempt by Nunes and other Republicans to cast doubt on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, possible collusion by the Trump campaign with Russia, and possible obstruction of justice by Trump. "Democrats who have seen it, including Rep. Adam Schiff of Burbank, say it's full of inaccuracies and innuendo".

Greg Sargent of The Washington Post reported, "Senator Warner will say publicly that unlike nearly all of the 200 GOP congressmen who've seen the memo, he has actually read the underlying documents", Rachel Cohen, a spokeswoman for Warner, emailed me this morning.

"The texts between Strzok and Page referenced a 'secret society, '" Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, wrote on Twitter, adding: "It's clear from the thousands of texts we reviewed that Strzok and Page held a manifest bias against in favor of Hillary Clinton and showed an intent to act upon that bias". The contents of the memo are not yet known to the public, so the commentary is the familiar game of shaping reaction to it.

In a scathing editorial, the Fresno Bee charged Nunes with failing to represent his constituents in California by "waving around a secret memo attacking the FBI" instead of focusing on "health care, jobs" and Dreamers.

The Justice Department was for months resistant to House Intel Republicans' requests to access materials related to the Russian Federation investigation.

"This important memo will be of interest to anyone who cares about America and our democratic system of government", read a letter headed by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, and sent to Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, who authored the four-page memo.

Republicans on the Intelligence Committee voted unanimously last week to allow other members of Congress to view the classified memo.

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"I have not seen the memo", Warner said, according to CNN. "The footnotes and where they got it from is a bigger issue than the conclusion of the memo, because we'll come up with our own conclusions".

The letter, from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, revealed that the House Intel Committee had turned down FBI Director Christopher Wray's "personal appeal" to review the memo.

Grassley said Mueller "should be free to complete his work, and to follow the facts wherever they lead".

"I will keep the public apprised of future developments as this discussion progresses", Conaway said.

The four-page document is said to contain claims federal officials abused a United States surveillance programme to target and undermine the Trump campaign. "And they don't like having awkward conversations with their kids trying to explain what the president meant by 'shithole countries'".

In the coming weeks, Americans interested in the congressional investigations into Russian meddling could be swamped with memos, text messages and more committee testimony. "That was 18 minutes; this was five months".

"The Mystery of the Missing Texts" is just another example of Trump defenders "pushing out the battiest conspiracy theories they can concoct in an effort to discredit Mueller", writes GQ's Jay Willis.

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