FBI Warns Against Release of Nunes Memo

Will Trump’s FBI Director Resign Due to Release of Nunes Memo

Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation took the unusual action of releasing a statement criticizing the decision to release to the public a document that has been infamously name, the Memo, which is a classified document drawn up by House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes’ (R-Calif.) which questions the authority of the FBI’s use of surveillance on members of the Donald Trump campaign for President, namely foreign policy advisor Carter Page.
Nunes had recused himself from the investigation after it was announced he had gone to the White House to look over classified material without the minority Democrat Representative Adam Schiff. The memo is an expose of the FBI and the use of FISA warrants. Democrats and the intelligence agencies believe the memo is a one-sided story that also releases classified information that could compromise the methods used by the intelligence agencies of the United States. It is their belief that the release of the document will also empower opposition governments.
Nunes has released a statement Wednesday disputing the FBI’s statement that this memo would hurt the intelligence agencies. Nunes stated that, “Having stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year, it’s no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ issue spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance abuses at these agencies. The FBI is intimately familiar with ‘material omissions’ with respect to their presentations to both Congress and the courts, and they are welcome to make public, to the greatest extent possible, all the information they have on these abuses.”
In response to Nunes and the memo, Department of Justice representatives explain that FISA warrants are never based on one object such as the Christopher Steele dossier, which the GOP calls baseless. The accusation that any American citizen was surveilled without the foundational steps being taken as been, argued by members of the intelligence community, is character assassination.

This memo argues that the FISA warrant was issued due to one piece of evidence the Steele Dossier. Yet, according to sources who have seen the memo, Nunes did not attach the evidence that was logged in with the Judge who approved the warrant. For instance, it has been common knowledge in the intelligence community that Carter Page, the Trump associate who was surveilled, was the target of Russian spies in a coordinated attempt to recruit Page. This is the type of information which would have been included in the warrant application.

Tuesday night, President Trump, as he exited the State of the Union Address, that “100% I will release the memo.” Those familiar with the memo say the President has not even read the memo as it had not been released to the President yet. This decision by the President also will have other effects on his administration.

Sources close to the FBI, believe that Trump’s own pick, the FBI Director, Christopher Wrey, will resign his position with the release of the memo by the President. Wrey has strongly urged the President not to release the memo. Wrey met with the President Monday night but his objections appear to have not impacted President Trump. The next fall out related to this documents release is that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein time is up in the Trump administration. With the removal of Rosenstein, President Trump would have the ability to also fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller who is investigating the role Russia has played in the 2016 Presidential election.


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