(National Sentinel) Ignorance: Reports last week said that not a single Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee voted in favor of releasing an “explosive” FISA memo that Republicans have hinted contains evidence of Obama-era abuse of the secretive FISA court in order to spy on the Trump campaign.
On Saturday during an appearance on CNN, the panel’s ranking member, California Democrat Adam Schiff, attempted to explain his party’s opposition: Americans won’t understand what’s in the memo.
“It is essentially a set of talking points that the Republican Intel staff drafted. Based on the highly classified materials which most of the Republican members were forced to acknowledge,” he said.
“They’ve not even read. So they don’t know how distorted these talking points are. But it’s part of the narrative they want to push out. Interestingly enough, they’ve made common cause once again with Russian bots because Russian bots are pushing their narrative out there,” Schiff added.
“It’s in a redux of the campaign. We have Assange and Wikileaks and Russian trolls and bots saying, you know, hash tag whatever the GOP narrative is. That ought to tell you a lot about what’s driving this,” he said.
Asked why he doesn’t just support release of the memo to the public so that the American people can make up their own minds, Schiff said: “Well, because the American people unfortunately don’t have the underlying materials and therefore they can’t see how distorted and misleading this document is.
“The Republicans are not saying make the underlying materials available to the public. They just want to make this spin available to the public,” he said.
“I think that spin, which is a attack on the FBI, is just designed to attack the FBI and Bob Mueller to circle the wagons for the White House. And that’s a terrible disservice to the people, hard working people at the bureau, but more than that, it’s a disservice to the country,” Schiff claimed.
In a statement to CNN Friday, Schiff slammed the memo, branding it a “profoundly misleading set of talking points drafted by Republican staff attacking the FBI and its handling of the investigation.”
Republicans who have read the memo say differently. They claim it contains explosive evidence indicating that the Obama administration abused the FISA court warrant process, likely in an effort to spy on the Trump campaign — a completely politicization of the U.S. intelligence community and the Department of Justice.
Watch, via Tea Partier:
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who has read the memo, said he believes it will not simply lead to people being fired from FBI and DoJ, but that some could be indicted and even jailed at some point.
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