(National Sentinel) Deep State: The FBI has issued a statement claiming agency officials have “grave concerns” about the potential release of the so-called “FISA memo,” and are urging the House Intelligence Committee and President Donald J. Trump to keep it secret.
“The FBI takes seriously its obligations to the FISA Court and its compliance with procedures overseen by career professionals in the Department of Justice and the FBI,” the statement began.
“With regard to the House Intelligence Committee’s memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it,” the statement continued. “As expressed during our initial interview, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”
During an appearance on Fox Business, Judge Andrew Napolitano said that FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — not AG Jeff Sessions — informed the White House on Tuesday they, too, were concerned about the memo’s release.
“According to the Washington Post the president has not yet seen it. He’s going to see it this morning… So the FBI and DOJ do not want it out because they believe it reveals sources and methods of acquiring data, of acquiring intel,” he said. “And they don’t think it can be effectively redacted.
“How do we know this? Because Christopher Wray, the director of the FBI, and Rod Rosenstein, the number two person of the DOJ, the chief operating officer of the DOJ… Where’s Jeff Sessions in all of this?… Spent about an hour-and-a-half with General Kelly the president’s chief of staff yesterday afternoon trying to persuade him of the potential dangers coming out,” Napolitano continued.
That directly conflicts with a Fox News report from national security correspondent Katherine Herridge on Tuesday, which said that two “FBI officials” — one from the counterintelligence division and one from the bureau’s legal division — have perused the memo and found it to be both accurate and safe for release.
The officials said they found “no factual inaccuracies” in the memo, meaning its contents are accurate.
Also, Justice Department officials told the network Tuesday that portions of the memo are now “moot” — in particular, the term “reckless,” since FBI and DoJ officials have now had the opportunity to review it.
Fox News was told the memo was “drafted deliberately to eliminate national security information” that could be damaging if viewed by individuals outside of Congress.
GOP lawmakers have said “the memo speaks to whether the unverified anti-Trump dossier was used to secure or extend surveillance warrants for Americans, including a Trump associate,” Fox News reported.
Wray reportedly went to Capitol Hill during a rare visit on Sunday evening to view the memo. On Monday, FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who is reportedly mentioned in the memo, was removed from his post after talking with Wray.
On Monday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said sources told his program that McCabe is mentioned specifically in the FISA memo, which “primarily describes abuses of FISA, that’s the law that allows the U.S. government to spy on American citizens for the purpose of stopping foreign threats–and only for that purpose,” he said.
Following his State of the Union Address Tuesday night, Trump was overheard telling a Republican lawmaker he “100 percent” would release the memo.
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