FoxNews is reporting that over the weekend House Intelligence Committee chairman shared the four-page summary memo the House Intelligence Committee staff has compiled about–we think–irregularities in the way the Trump dossier was used by the FBI.
JUST IN: FBI Director Christopher Wray went to Capitol Hill to view a controversial memo on Obama administration spying, Fox News has learned. https://t.co/Gvw7f115Gg
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 29, 2018
While the White House seems to favor the memo’s release, the Justice Department has pushed back hard. Sources told Fox News’ Catherine Herridge that FBI Director Christopher Wray went to the Capitol on Sunday to view the four-page memo.
According to one source, Wray was asked to point out inaccuracies or other issues with the wording — and said he would need “his people to take a look at it.” The source said the review is ongoing.
This has been one of the biggest whines of the people who have been standing four-square against government transparency, at least so far as it might reveal the ridiculous nature of the whole Russia-collusion conspiracy theory.
Keep in mind that the background information upon which this memo is base was turned over, or at least the last of it was, no later than January 5 persuant to a subpoena issued by the Intelligence Committee and a confrontation between Paul Ryan and Rod Rosenstein and Christopher Wray. The memo, itself, has been available to members of both parties since January 18. What have we heard about the contents of the memo or of Adam Schiff’s “counter memo?” Nothing.
Christoper Wray, and undoubtedly some staff members because FBI directors don’t do anything alone, visited the House yesterday and in today’s New York Times you have Secret Memo Hints at a New Republican Target: Rod Rosenstein.
FBI knows what House Intel knows — expect more leaks of troubling info (e.g. the Carter Page news) as we wait for publication.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) January 29, 2018
To this point: House GOP had memo for a week, but only after FBI saw it this weekend did we start getting headlines about its detailed contents. https://t.co/YfVzeN92Yp
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) January 29, 2018
So FBI/DOJ leaked this story to hurt Carter Page and Trump team, but now do not want the authorized release of information that puts that information (which was leaked illegally) into context? https://t.co/lqL8GoSwio
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) January 29, 2018
If you had any legitimate doubts as to why Nunes was stiff-arming the FBI–and I don’t believe any legitimate doubts existed for anyone but there was faux doubt flung about by never-Trump types–this is why. This is how the FBI and how Justice and how any of the federal agencies act when under duress. They run to friendly reporters and discredit the threat before it can be made public.