A brewing scandal that one Republican called “worse than Watergate” has arisen in the form of a FISA document in the possession of the House of Representatives.
The information contained with the document threatens to blow the lid off the Russia investigation, Fusion GPS, and the Obama administration’s role carrying out surveillance on the Trump campaign, if Republicans are to be believed.
After the Top Secret FISA document was reported in the press, many Americans took to social media demanding to “Release the Memo,” which trended on Twitter.
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) January 19, 2018
I viewed the classified report from House Intel relating to the FBI, FISA abuses, the infamous Russian dossier, and so-called "Russian collusion." What I saw is absolutely shocking.
— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) January 19, 2018
I could be wrong, but I don't think there's anything stopping these @GOP Members of Congress from walking down to the floor of the House and telling the world exactly what's in the memo. If it's so important and damning, pull a @SenFeinstein & just tell everyone. #ReleaseTheMemo
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) January 19, 2018
That’s a fabulous idea. Seeing as Senator Dianne Feinstein, in what she later chalked up to a poor decision made while she had a cold, went around her committee and leaked most (but not all) of the Congress’s Fusion GPS testimony to the U.S. press.
The mainstream media did not hesitate to blast the document out to the American public, despite concerns expressed within that the raw “intelligence” gathering may have gotten one source killed.
Donald Trump Jr., who was targeted by Fusion GPS operative Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin, and whose meeting with Trump Jr. Fusion founder Glenn Simpson denied knowledge of in his Congressional testimony, has a novel idea.
Fight fire with fire. As he said on social media:
The democrats are lucky Republicans are honorable people. If we played the game like they do the memo would be all over CNN and everywhere else by now. Maybe it’s time we stoop to their level? #releasethememo
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 19, 2018
It would be a fabulous idea in theory to leak a Top Secret document to the press, but also illegal. One problem with Democrats fighting dirty in perpetuity is that it provides the temptation to play by the same rulebook. That may be the case on occasion, but there is a remedy here that doesn’t require Republicans breaking the law.
Rep. DeSantis (R-FL), who is leading the effort to get the Top Secret FISA document declassified and available to the public, discussed it after the news broke.
“While the report is classified as Top Secret, I believe the select committee should, pursuant to House rules, vote to make the report publicly available as soon as possible. This is a matter of national significance and the American people deserve the truth,” he said.
“Rule X of the House Rules allows the select committee to publicly disclose any information in its possession after a determination by the select committee that the public interest would be served by such disclosure.”
The declassification would have to clear the House intelligence committee before moving to the desk of President Trump, who would have five days to issue an objection. In the event of an objection, a debate would then take place in the House.
If the memo were still not to be released to the public, there is always the Donald Trump Jr. option. After all, WWTDD: what would the Democrats do?
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