It looks like the #ReleaseTheMemo advocates are about to get their wish, but not without a Democratic rebuttal, of sorts.
According to a report from the Washington Examiner, the House Intelligence Committee may vote next week to release two “dueling classified memos:” one put together by Chairman Devin Nunes and the other authored by desperate Democrats anxious to “correct” the Nunes memo.
Despite the fact that the Department of Justice has come out against the memo’s release, a majority of the 13 Republican members of the committee look to be in favor.
The Nunes memo reportedly contains a summary of Justice Department and FBI FISA abuses, but its release is considered “extraordinarily reckless” by assistant attorney general for legislative affairs Stephen Boyd, according to the Examiner.
“Agencies that are under investigation by congressional committees don’t typically get access to the committees’ investigative documents about them, and it’s no surprise these agencies don’t want the abuses we’ve found to be made public,” Nunes spokesman Jack Langer said, responding to Boyd’s letter.
Although no one at the Justice Department nor the FBI has actually seen the memo, the Republican lawmakers who have are firmly in favor of its release.
Scrambling and bracing for impact, the nine Democrats on the committee want to release their own memo to respond to Nunes in order to, in the words of Rep. Adam Schiff, “[expose] the misleading character of the Republicans’ document.”
From Schiff’s statement, as reported by the Examiner:
“With this latest gambit, however, the majority seeks to selectively and misleadingly characterize classified information in an effort to protect the president at any cost. Regrettably, it has been necessary for Committee Democrats to draft our own memorandum, setting out the relevant facts and exposing the misleading character of the Republicans’ document so that members of the House are not left with an erroneous impression of the dedicated professionals at the FBI and DOJ.”
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