The White House received the famous memo compiled by the House Intelligence Committee alleging abuses in the use of the Trump dossier shortly after the House vote yesterday. They are now in their second day of reviewing the document.
Two FBI officials involved in the review process spoke to FoxNews:
Two senior FBI officials have now reviewed a controversial Republican staff memo alleging abuses of government surveillance programs during the 2016 presidential campaign, a source familiar with the matter told Fox News – adding that the officials “could not point to any factual inaccuracies.”
The two officials – one from the bureau’s counterintelligence division and the other from the legal division – followed up after an initial review of the memo during a rare Sunday trip to Capitol Hill by FBI Director Christopher Wray.
After the contentious committee vote Monday night, the source confirmed that House staffers physically took the memo over to the White House for the president.
According to a breaking story in the Washington Post, Rod Rosenstein and Christopher Wray paid a visit to the White House to try to prevent release of the memo:
Top Justice Department officials made a last-ditch plea Monday to White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly about the dangers of publicly releasing a memo alleging abuses by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to people briefed on the meeting.
Shortly before the House Intelligence Committee voted to make the document public, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein warned Kelly that the four-page memo prepared by House Republicans could jeopardize classified information and implored the president to reconsider his support for making it public, those people said. Rosenstein was joined in the meeting at the White House by FBI Director Christopher A. Wray.
Rosenstein, who is supervising special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, said the Department of Justice was not convinced the memo accurately describes its investigative practices. He said making the document public could set a dangerous precedent, according to a person familiar with the discussion.
While Wray also expressed opposition to the memo’s release, Rosenstein did much of the talking, according to a senior U.S. government official. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was not present at the meeting.
In response, Kelly told Rosenstein and Wray that the president was still inclined to release the memo but the White House would go through a review led by the National Security Council and the White House Counsel’s Office, a senior administration official said. That review is expected to take at least several days, a senior White House official said.
The process goes like this. The White House has five days to object. I said the White House, not Justice, not the FBI. Absent objection, the memo will be released. If the White House objects, the House of Representatives, as a body, will vote on the decision. That decision is final.
Their argument is utter bullsh**. What they are doing is closing ranks to try to protect their bureaucracies from criticism. Good work if you can get it, but it would be a major shock if Trump, the reality TV maestro, allowed this kind of a a tease and anticipation to build and then acted like Geraldo Rivera investigating Al Capone’s Vault.