At the heart of the now-released “Nunes memo” is an accusation that the FBI and Department of Justice misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) when they sought orders to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. One quandary (among many) is how the FBI and Justice Department can defend themselves from these allegations without revealing yet more classified information.
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At long last, the memo prepared by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has been #released. Below, we are collecting notable responses to the document, which alleges surveillance abuses by the Justice Department and FBI. We will continue to update this post as more responses come in.
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It is very likely that the “Nunes memo” will be made public sometime today despite strong FBI and Justice Department objections that the memo is misleading, threatens sources and methods and politicizes the FISA process.
Yesterday FBI Director Wray went public with his objections, cutting against the wishes of a president who appears to prize personal loyalty above all.
On Monday, Jan. 29, the House Intelligence Committee convened to vote on whether to release to the public the much-discussed memo on alleged surveillance abuses prepared by Committee Chairman Devin Nunes. As we now know, the committee’s Republicans—over the Democrats’ objections—did indeed vote to #release it.
The House Intelligence Committee has published the transcript of its business meeting discussing the memo alleging surveillance abuses prepared by Committee Chairman Devin Nunes. The transcript is available below.
Barring an intervention from the heavens, the so-called Nunes memo will be #released at some point over the course of the next week, either because President Trump actively chooses to release it or because he does nothing for four more days.
Since last week, House Republicans have been pushing for the public release of a classified memo alleging government abuse of surveillance authorities and written by House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). Relying on a little-known—and littler-used—House rule, the committee’s Republicans voted on Monday night to make the document public.
Over the weekend some conservative commentators pushed back on my tweet-claim that President Trump has “threaten[ed] DOJ/FBI over and over in gross violation of independence norms.” The Justice Department and its component the FBI “aren’t independent, nor should they be,” argued Sean Davis of The Federalist.
How Many of Devin Nunes’s GOP Colleagues on the Intelligence Committee Will Stand Up for the Accuracy of His Memo? Hint: Not Many
House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes’s now-famous memo contains allegations of government abuses so shocking that they may be “worse than Watergate,” according to Iowa Rep. Steve King. If you listen to Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, the document may lead to criminal prosecutions of government officials.
Forget the Steele dossier. There’s a hot new sub rosa document in Washington: a classified four-page memo prepared by House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes on alleged government abuses of surveillance authorities. The details of the memo remain sketchy, but to hear some members of Congress, such as Reps. Matt Gaetz, Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, its contents are so explosive that they could lead to criminal prosecution of government officials. Search #FISAMemo and #ReleasetheMemo on Twitter to find outraged Americans clamoring for the document to be released.