All those Very Confident Statements about what was contained in the Carter Page FISA application may be put to the test sometime soon. USA Today reports that DOJ may release parts of the Carter Page FISA application that so far has been only described in the Devin Nunes #ReleaseTheMemo and the Adam Schiff response:
In dueling memos released last month, Republican members — led by California Rep. Devin Nunes — alleged that Justice and FBI officials abused their authority in targeting the former campaign adviser by improperly relying on an unsubstantiated dossier prepared by a former British spy. Democrats — led by California Rep. Adam Schiff —argued that the dossier was only part of the justification for the order, indicating that Page had been deemed an “agent of the Russian government” prior to the FBI receiving the dossier.
The release of both memos, Justice lawyers wrote Friday, requires “the government to carefully review FISA materials related to Carter Page to determine what information contained in them has been declassified and whether any such declassified information can be released to the plaintiff in response to its (freedom of information) request.
“That review is ongoing,” Justice lawyers said, asking the court to approve a July 20 deadline for Justice’s National Security Division and the FBI to complete the examination. “The government does not make this request lightly.”
The one thing we know is that everyone will claim they were Right All Along, even if they were wrong all along. Now would be a good time for people to review the two memos and all the punditry that claimed to “know” what is contained in the FISA application, to hold accountable those who told us lies or claimed to know things they couldn’t.
This is a welcome development for those of us who rejected #TheMemo and #TheCounterMemo as partisan exercises that shed only minimal light on what was contained in the FISA application. We called on Trump to #ReleaseTheDocumentation, and it looks like his DOJ is being forced to do exactly that. Let’s hope DOJ releases as much as they can, within the constraints of the need to protect sources.