DOJ Dismisses Nunes Memo: 'We are Currently Unaware of any Wrongdoing'

Irene MckinneyJan 28, 2018

"We do not understand why the Committee would possibly seek to disclose classified and law enforcement sensitive information without first consulting with the relevant members of the intelligence community", wrote assistant attorney general Stephen Boyd.

And I say reportedly because, as you said, this memo is classified.

And at root, it purportedly alleges that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department abused a surveillance power known as FISA to target the Trump campaign, also reportedly alleges that the Federal Bureau of Investigation leaned on the infamous Trump-Russia dossier to help get court approval of its surveillance.

The Intelligence Committee voted last week to allow the full House to review the memo in a secure area of the Capitol, but the contents still remain a secret to the Senate, the Justice Department, the White House and the public.

Many Republicans are calling for the memo's explosive revelations to be made public.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, a former prosecutor who serves as the Intelligence Committee's senior Democrat, said Republicans are trying to distract from Mueller's investigation.

Republicans are clamoring for intelligence officials to publicly release a memo written by the committee's Republican chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, and his aides outlining purported illegal surveillance by the Obama administration during the transition period after President Donald Trump's election.

Strzok, who served as Chief of the Counterespionage Section during the FBI's investigation into Clinton's use of her personal email server, at one point referred to Trump as a "douche" and an "utter idiot".

If the Republican memo's contents are publicly released, Schiff said, the United States' adversaries - particularly Russian Federation - "will no doubt be thrilled" by the opportunity to pore over its contents. When Attorney General Jeff Sessions pressured Wray to clean house and get rid of Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a target of Trump's angry tweets, Wray threatened to quit. Ryan instead sided with Nunes, CNN reported, and helped work out an agreement for the DOJ to turn over hundreds pages of documents related to the Russian Federation probes.

Schiff's Senate counterpart did not mince words either when asked about the memo on Wednesday.

Trump, an official said, has been briefed by aides on the Nunes memo and the process that it would have to go through in order to be released. And Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky requested to read it and was turned down, according to Paul spokesman Sergio Gor.

Nunes' deliberate interference with a criminal and counterintelligence investigation, potential release of classified information and attempts to maliciously discredit the FBI should not be tolerated - especially coming from the Intelligence Committee chairman, who is supposed to be above partisan politics and is entrusted with the nation's secrets. "Furthermore, there were no limitations placed on disseminating this information, and we will continue to fulfill our oversight responsibilities in accordance with House rules".

"The Russians, who are pushing the campaign to declassify this information through its social media bots and trolls, will no doubt be thrilled", Schiff said. "Everything in the memo they already have". While some security experts claim that hackers are more likely to invade foreign computer systems by other means than exploiting a system's source code, the Pentagon and private sector experts on cybersecurity worry that exposing source code to Russian review might reveal unknown flaws that could be exploited to circumvent USA software defenses. And though he has not yet seen the House GOP's memo, he surmised he soon would. It is very unsafe for the Republicans here to say, 'Oh, we've got this document that's bad but we can't tell you what's behind it. The Trump Justice Department wants to see it-he won't let them.

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