by Daveda Gruber:
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, late on Wednesday charged that the committee’s chairman made “material changes” to a controversial memo sent to the White House.
He says that the memo is allegedly critical of the FBI’s use of surveillance during the 2016 presidential campaign.
He charged over Twitter and sent the committee a formal letter.
Schiff said Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the committee’s chairman, made edits to the memo. Trey Gowdy has had a part on constructing the memo as well.
Schiff, earlier made a big fuss and told Nunes to withdraw the memo.
He wrote that the committee’s minority determined that the letter was not “the same document” that its members have been reviewing since mid-January.
BREAKING: Discovered late tonight that Chairman Nunes made material changes to the memo he sent to White House – changes not approved by the Committee. White House therefore reviewing a document the Committee has not approved for release. pic.twitter.com/llhQK9L7l6
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 1, 2018
Schiff did not give any details on the changes, and a spokesman for Nunes did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A spokesman for the committee responded to Schiff.
He said, “In its increasingly strange attempt to thwart publication of the memo, the committee minority is now complaining about minor edits to the memo, including grammatical fixes and two edits requested by the FBI and by the minority themselves.”
Grammatical fixes? Well, if a comma was missing, okay put it n.
Edits requested by the FBI and Democrats? No, I personally think that the regular FBI agents are probably within the law. The FBI who are called “the suits” and who work on high profile cases, are not people who I trust. They did interview Hillary Clinton, right? Look how that turned out.
The FBI said on Wednesday that it had “grave concerns” about the accuracy of a classified memo on the Russia election investigation that President Trump wants released.
The FBI’s short and sharp statement, its first on the issue, laid bare a Trump administration conflict that had previously played out mostly behind closed doors in meetings between top Justice Department and White House officials.
“As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,” the FBI said.
My statement on FBI/DOJ objections to the public release of our memo: https://t.co/VhhXOWd30q
— Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) January 31, 2018
Let’s look at a document that Nunes wrote.
I’ll make it clearer:
Nunes Statement on FBI, DOJ Objections to Release of HPSCI Memo
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Washington, January 31, 2018
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes issued the following statement today:
“Having stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year, it’s no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ issue spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance abuses at these agencies. The FBI is intimately familiar with ‘material omissions’ with respect to their presentations to both Congress and the courts, and they are welcome to make public, to the greatest extent possible, all the information they have on these abuses. Regardless, it’s clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an American political campaign. Once the truth gets out, we can begin taking steps to ensure our intelligence agencies and courts are never misused like this again.”
President Trump has five days from the vote to review the document, and if he doesn’t object then Congress can release it.
Trump is looking as if he is in favor of releasing it.
Late Tuesday afternoon five career officials (“the suits”) met with John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, to view an amended version of the memo.
Nunes said, “Having stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year, it’s no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ issue spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance abuses at these agencies.”
Nancy Pelosi is now demanding that Nunes step down or be removed from his position. That will not go anywhere because Republicans control the House.
I really want to see the MEMO and my reasons are simple. What is in the MEMO that the Democrats don’t want us to see?
I have some ideas. The FBI and the Democrats will be embarrassed. That may include Hillary Clinton and/or her 2016 election campaign. This is only my humble opinion but I’ve been right before.
Release the MEMO!