Just a few hours (or days) before the possible release of the controversial surveillance memo, the FBI just made a not-so-unexpected move the promises to raise even more controversy on this delicate matter. Yesterday, in an on-the-record statement, the Bureau expressed “grave concerns” over the possible publication of the four-page document, since it claimed it contained certain inaccuracies.
According to the FBI statement, the memo, which was crafted by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, has some “material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.” Regarding this move, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes criticized the Bureau and claimed that America could start taking steps to ensure that courts and intelligence agencies are never misused again once “the truth gets out.”
Naturally, this situation represents a radical change of opinion from the Bureau, considering that just a day before this aggressive statement, two senior FBI officials had the chance to review the memo and couldn’t point to any factual inaccuracies in the document itself.
On this situation, Nunes said that it wasn’t surprising to watch how the DOJ and the FBI are issuing “spurious objections” to allowing the American citizens to see information related to “surveillance abuses at these agencies.”
In addition, Nunes said that this reaction from the DOJ and FBI cannot be considered as a surprise, considering that both of these agencies have “stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year.”
According to Nunes, the Bureau is “intimately familiar with material omissions” with respect to their presentations to both the courts and the Congress. Also, he said the FBI and the DOJ are welcome to make public every single piece of information they have on these issues.
Finally, the California Republican pointed out that it’s quite clear how top officials “used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an American political campaign.”
The controversial memo reportedly alleges that the FBI and the Justice Department failed to provide information regarding the salacious anti-.Trump dossier in an application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant.
As everyone knows, this one was taken out against Carter Page, the former Trump campaign adviser. According to several reports, this warrant was granted in September 2016, soon after Page decided to leave the campaign.
Apparently, Carter Page is one of the main figures in the controversial anti-Trump dossier, which was written by the former British spy Christopher Steele, and financed by the DNC and the Clinton campaign.
Members of the GOP have raised several questions about this FISA application, considering that it reportedly cited information from this anti-Trump dossier. They point out this is a very serious problem, given the fact that the dossier created by the British spy remains largely unverified.
In addition to this concerning issue, the controversial memo also reportedly reveals that soon after taking office back in April 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided to renew the Carter Page’s FISA warrant.
On this point, several members of the Democratic Party claim that the memo’s mention of this figure is a significant part of a strategy to fire him in order to sabotage the Russian investigation that is currently conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Over the past week, both the DOJ and the FBI have made a lot of efforts to prevent the release of the controversial memo, which was put together by Nunes and South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy along with Republican committee staffers.
Considering the complaints made by Democratic lawmakers and the DOJ, Gowdy urged Nunes to meet with the FBI Director Christopher Wray to discuss the controversial document. Both of them met on Sunday, and everything seemed calm.
However, the committee voted along party lines a day after to release the memo to the public, barring any single objection from the White House. While this wasn’t an unexpected move, many thought this wouldn’t take place.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signaled that he plans to release the controversial memo. As the Conservative Daily Post reported, the president was caught on an open microphone soon after the State of the Union address saying that there’s a “100 percent” chance that the document will be published.
In addition to President Trump, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly announced yesterday the memo was going to be released so the American people could watch it and take their own conclusions.
While many believe that the release of this memo could be a dangerous move, analysts point out that the fact that Kelly is willing to support its publication represents a good sign. After all, almost everyone in Washington agrees that his experience and integrity are out of the question.
Getting to this point, the main question that almost everyone asks is which would be the consequences of this publication. After all, the only thing for sure is that the release of this controversial memo will set a turning point in the Trump administration.
And probably the history of U.S. politics.