Democrats are furious that Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee voted to release the FISA memo reportedly detailing government surveillance abuses that resulted in the illegal spying-on of Trump campaign officials.
Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee, called it a “very sad day” after the vote, which went along party lines. “Today this committee voted to put the president’s personal interests, perhaps their own political interests, above the national interests,” he said.
Democrats apparently don’t want Americans to know that the FBI and DOJ may have been weaponized by Barack Obama to illegally spy on Donald Trump when he was a private citizen running for president against his pal, Hillary Clinton.
President Trump now has five days to decide if he has any objections to the memo being made public. If he doesn’t, the memo will be released publicly.
In the four-page memo compiled by the House Intelligence Committee, GOP lawmakers described the “alarming” and “shocking” abuses of the Obama FBI and DOJ to spy on Donald Trump for political purposes.
Republicans who read the memo say the Obama FBI and DOJ used the unverified, discredited “Trump dossier” to obtain a bogus FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court warrant to spy on Trump campaign officials.
But Democrats like Adam Schiff and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi vehemently oppose releasing the memo. “[It] crossed from dangerous irresponsibility and disregard for our national security into the realm of cover-up,” Pelosi said, even though it is Democrats who want to cover up the memo.
Republican Trey Gowdy, who helped write the four-page memo, said the public deserves to know about possible government surveillance abuses.
“If you think your viewers want to know whether or not the dossier was used in court proceedings, whether or not it was vetted before it was used, whether or not it’s ever been vetted — if you are interested in who paid for the dossier, if you are interested in Christopher Steele’s relationship with Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, then, yes, you will want the memo to come out,” Gowdy told Fox News.
Trey Gowdy: If you’re interested in the dossier, who paid for it, and Christopher Steele’s relationship with Hillary Clinton – you’ll want this memo to come out pic.twitter.com/GDB0psyqNB
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) January 29, 2018
Interestingly, Democrats had no problem when one of their own, Senator Dianne Feinstein, unilaterally released the testimony of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson before the Senate Judiciary Committee without telling the committee’s Republican chairman Chuck Grassley.
And what was Feinstein’s brilliant excuse for the unilateral decision? “Slow mental facilities,” said the 84-year-old Democrat.
One for the record books! Regretful Dianne Feinstein says 'slow mental facilities' made her do it https://t.co/XwHhDNJYu7
Can you believe her excuse???
— Linda Thomas (@lindathomas102) January 11, 2018
Keep in mind that after a year-long investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller has produced no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Meanwhile, liberals are furious that Republicans think the American public deserves to know how corrupt the FBI and DOJ can be.
The GOP is on the wrong side of history. We will remember your cowardly, treasonous, self-serving ways.
— Joanne (@JoanneKMcD) January 29, 2018
Putin is celebrating BIG time. Not only did the WH refuse, again, to implement Russia sanctions overwhelmingly put forward by Congress, House Republicans just voted to release a total bullshit memo to obstruct the Trump-Russia Investigation & risk work of our intel community.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) January 29, 2018
Many on Twitter mocked the liberal hypocrisy.
Democrats right now pic.twitter.com/0gkl3I1VbW
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrmpu) January 29, 2018
I bet @CNN has just decided to broadcast reruns of the Twilight Zone for the night ?
— Mashaa (@manyeki) January 29, 2018
As this massive scandal is slowly exposed, keep in mind…
It is inconceivable to think that this happened without the knowledge, if not at the direction, of Barack Obama.
— Briefing the News (@TheNewsBriefing) January 29, 2018
BREAKING: The House Intel Committee voted to release the classified memo related to FISA and surveillance abuses. It now goes to the President. Outstanding work from Chairman Nunes.
We're one step closer to the public rightfully seeing the very same memo we did. #ReleaseTheMemo
— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) January 29, 2018
If you love publishing anonymously sourced, unverified, suspiciously partisan leaks regarding national security but fret about public claims made by Congress as part of its Constitutional oversight duties, you might be a journalist.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) January 30, 2018
Here’s a suggestion: Have Hillary Clinton read the memo on TV. You know, since she had such a blast during her bizarre Grammys cameo.
Maybe they could get Hillary to read the memo on national news. She proved she knows how to read and isn’t camera shy.
— Jim Lewis (@jim_lewis1018) January 29, 2018
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