For the last several months, Congressman Devin Nunes has been running his own rogue investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia investigation, in hopes of exonerating those who have been implicated in the scandal.
Along the way, Nunes has reportedly managed to produce a memo alleging the FBI abused its surveillance power and tools. However, the problem is that the memo is said to be so embarrassing that Trump’s own legal advisers have told him not to release it.
But naturally, Trump has suggested through the media that he wants the memo to be released, because in some twisted way, he believes it could set him free from the investigation once and for all.
Well, thanks to an effort led by Nunes and Trey Gowdy – who both served on the Trump transition team and have been implicated in the Trump-Russia scandal in various ways – Trump may be getting what he wanted as the Republicans on the House Intel Committee have voted to release the memo to the public.
But wait. According to Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a Tuesday press announcement, there are “no current plans” to release the memo, and “The President has not seen or been briefed on the memo or reviewed its contents.”
Then last night in his State of The Union address, Trump himself was overheard telling a Republican congressman after the State of the Union address he will “100%” release the memo.
Wait…What? Backtrack much? And better yet, why?? We will release it…we won’t release it…we will…we won’t. I’m starting to get dizzy.
Could it be because he finally heard his advisers out, and all of a sudden realizes exactly how embarrassing the memo is and how damaging it could be? Well, if so, it may be a bit too late to backtrack at this point. You see, Devin Nunes and his Republican cohorts have made such a big deal out of the memo, the damage may have already been done. Even if Trump escapes the memos release, he’ll never escape the questions surrounding it.
CNN is now reporting:
FBI Director Christopher Wray sent a striking signal to the White House Wednesday, issuing a rare public warning that a controversial Republican memo about the FBI’s surveillance practices omits key information that could impact its veracity.
The move sets up an ugly clash with the President who wants it released.
“With regard to the House Intelligence Committee’s memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it,” the agency said in a statement. “As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”
Earlier Wednesday, White House chief of staff John Kelly predicted the memo would be released “pretty quick” and then “the whole world will see it.”
Yet the FBI warning was the latest evidence of law enforcement and intelligence agencies raising concerns about the potential public release of a memo composed by the staff of Republican Congressman Devin Nunes of California, which some say has inaccuracies and does not paint a full picture of how the surveillance process works, according to two law enforcement sources.
This memo has blown up in Trump’s face quite nicely.