(National Sentinel) Transparency: The House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines to release the so-called “FISA memo” which reportedly details abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court by anti-Trump elements within the FBI and Justice Department during the Obama administration.
Now the countdown begins: President Donald J. Trump has five days to object to its release, though that doesn’t seem likely given that he’s already informed the Justice Department through chief of staff John Kelly he’d like the memo declassified and released.
Trump, like many of his supporters, believe the memo not only proves he was right to claim that the Obama administration “wiretapped” him, but that it will also show that special counsel Robert Mueller’s entire investigation was established on false premises.
“The four-page memo has being described by GOP lawmakers as ‘shocking,’ ‘troubling’ and ‘alarming’ with one congressman likening the details to KGB activity in Russia,” Fox News reported. “Those who have seen the document suggest it reveals what role the unverified anti-Trump ‘dossier’ played in the application for a surveillance warrant on at least one Trump associate.”
Earlier in the day, reports noted that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will leave his post.
McCabe was implicated last year as perhaps having a role in a plot to undermine Trump’s campaign and his presidency.
In recent weeks the White House has put pressure on McCabe after he was implicated in text messages exchanged between anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
The two discussed an “insurance policy” to allegedly undermine President Donald J. Trump’s campaign and, possibly, his presidency in the event he defeated Hillary Clinton.
The texts referenced discussing the insurance policy in “Andy’s office,” which is believed to be McCabe.
The House Intelligence Committee vote was announced to reporters by California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee, who called it a “very sad day, I think, in the history of this committee.”
“Today this committee voted to put the president’s personal interests, perhaps their own political interests, above the national interests,” Schiff added, adding that the committee also blocked the release of a counter-memo by Democrats.
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