by Daveda Gruber:
Democrats and Republicans are in total disagreement as to the release of classified FISA memo on alleged government surveillance abuses.
The House Intelligence Committee’s voted on Monday to release the now rather famous ‘memo’.
The document was pushed by Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and other GOP committee members.
President Trump has five days to decide whether he has any objections to the release.
Trump has said he wants the memo released. Attorney General Jeff sessions through chief of staff John Kelly that he wants to see the memo released.
The facts are that Congress can ultimately over-ride his decision if he doesn’t want it released.
Sarah Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, said on Tuesday that there would be a full review before any release.
Sanders also said, “We want to make sure we do it the right way.”
There are those who have seen the document. Some have suggested it reveals what role the unverified anti-Trump “dossier” played in the application for a surveillance warrant on at least one Trump associate.
By now, most of us know that the dossier was compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele and contained opposition research on Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.
We are also aware that Steele was hired by the U.S. firm Fusion GPS. They commissioned the research that was funded by the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The firm was allegedly doing work to help the Russian government fight sanctions.
The release of the memo has been pushed for release by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee. They have met with enraged opposition by their Democratic colleagues.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said the release of the memo was likely to be embarrassing for Democrats like ranking Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who had fought furiously to block it.
Gowdy, who helped write the memo, said, “I think it’ll be embarrassing to Adam Schiff once people realize the extent he went to get them from learning any of this.”
Please view this video to see Trey Gowdy’s full statement:
Republicans have described the memo as “shocking” and “troubling.”
Democrats have screamed foul at Republicans for risking national security by releasing it.
Schiff called it a “very sad day, I think, in the history of this committee.”
Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., said that the memo’s release could compromise sources and methods.
Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., said, “This was the worst meeting I’ve ever had. They’re going to have to install a shower in the SCIF (secure facility where the committee meets).
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called for a “cleanse” of the DOJ by exposing as much information as possible.
He said, “Let it all out — get it all out there. Cleanse the organization. I think we should disclose all this stuff. It’s the best disinfectant. Accountability, transparency, for the sake of the reputation of our institutions.”
Ryan had been criticized by Democratic counterpart Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for “sanctioning” Nunes’ memo. She claimed it misrepresents intelligence and jeopardizes the effectiveness of U.S. intelligence.
Pelosi said, “Americans should be deeply concerned by Speaker Ryan’s sanctioning of this irresponsible decision and his complicity in allowing the Committee investigation to devolve into a sad political spectacle.”
My friends, what we seem to have here is that the Republican side wants Americans to see the truth. Democrats want to hide the truth from us. It’s that simple.
Release the MEMO!