Published: Fri, February 02, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

The FBI has "grave concerns" about releasing memo

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They have prepared their own memo in response, but Republicans voted to block its immediate public release.

The memo attempts to paint a decision by the FBI and the Department of Justice to seek a warrant against Page, and a subsequent decision to extend that warrant, as a sign that both organizations were actively trying to undermine the Trump campaign, ie: that their investigations were politically motivated. Under committee rules, the president has five days to object to its release. White House lawyers were working against a Friday deadline to determine if any of it should be redacted to protect national security, the official said. The House Intelligence Committee voted on partisan lines on Monday to release it.

According to a transcript released Wednesday, California Rep. Adam Schiff said at a Monday committee meeting that only he and GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC had read the underlying information that informed a classified GOP memo. Most of the members of the committee had not read the classified information on which the memo is purportedly based, Boyd wrote.

In essence, the claim from Republicans is that the Federal Bureau of Investigation sought a wiretap on the basis of Steele's report - a report that was in part financed by the Democratic National Committee. Leading Republicans have said it uncovers abuses that should be made public.

Democrats say the memo is a grossly distorted attack on the Mueller probe, created to "brainwash" people into erroneous conclusions, in the words of Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., a member of the committee.

He added that he knew of the FBI's concerns before he voted against the memo's release.

The FBI issued a statement saying that it has "grave concerns" about the White House's plans to allow publication of the memo and warning that it contains "material omissions of fact" that could compromise its "accuracy", Efe reported.

In other words, following the exact same process used for the majority's memo. "Will the president now use it to mislead the country?"

The head of the FBI has set up an extraordinary public showdown with President Donald Trump, publicly saying there were "grave concerns" about the accuracy of a classified memo on the Russian Federation investigation that Republicans want to release to the public.

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The four-page memo, which was compiled by staffers for the House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, claims that the Department of Justice abused the surveillance programme known as FISA to unfairly target a member of the Trump campaign.

The FBI, in a a rare and sharply-worded statement, said there are concerns "about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy".

After the House Intelligence Committee voted to release a classified memo created by Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Republicans lauded the vote as a victory while Democrats criticized it as a political deception.

They argue the memo is an effort to embarrass the FBI and discredit the investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, into alleged Russian meddling and possible obstruction of justice by members of the Trump administration. Rosenstein also told Kelly the memo didn't accurately characterize the FBI's investigative practices, the person said.

Nunes wouldn't answer the question when asked if his staff worked with the White House on the memo.

Wray echoed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who on Monday told the White House chief of staff, John Kelly, that the memo was misleading and contained inaccurate information, according to Bloomberg.

Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania was quick to note the irony in Trump's potentially bucking Wray's advice to oppose the memo's release.

Yet, or maybe because of this, Schiff is clearly one of CNN's best sources for their Russia-Trump collusion theory, no matter how much they get burned. They wanted the Justice Department to investigate whether the sale benefited major donors to the Clinton Foundation, raising conflict-of-interest questions. The Justice Department is urging him not to do so, a further point of contention with congressional Republicans.

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