In a move that should surprise no one, the top brass at the FBI — many of whom are Obama holdovers — does not want the FISA memo detailing alleged surveillance abuses of the Obama FBI released to the public.
Less than a day after President Trump revealed he “100%” plans to release the memo, the FBI issued a statement claiming it has “grave concerns” about Americans seeing the memo. The White House plans to release the FISA memo Friday.
“With regard to the House Intelligence Committee’s memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it,” the FBI statement said. “As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”
But Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, blasted the FBI’s desperate ploy as evidence of more “stonewalling” by the agency to cover up the widespread surveillance abuses it had committed under the direction of Barack Obama.
“Having stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year, it’s no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ issue spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance abuses at these agencies,” Nunes said in a statement.
Congressman Nunes added: “It’s clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an American political campaign. Once the truth gets out, we can begin taking steps to ensure our intelligence agencies and courts are never misused like this again.”
The FBI’s statement mirrors that of Congressman Adam Schiff, who feverishly penned a late-night letter in a last-minute effort to block the release of the memo.
A panicked Schiff complained that Republicans had “secretly altered” the memo before sending it to President Trump’s desk for review.
A rep for the House Intelligence Committee responded by saying the only “edits” that were made were grammatical ones, and “two edits” specifically made at the request of Democrats and FBI officials.
Fox News host Lou Dobbs spoke to Congressman Mark Meadows, who’s a member of the House Intelligence Committee that compiled the FISA memo. Dobbs asked Meadows about reports that the FBI had sent five officials to the White House to lobby Chief of Staff John Kelly to stop the memo from being made public. For the record, General Kelly wants the memo released.
Meadows said he’s not surprised that the FBI doesn’t want the public to know about the widespread surveillance abuses it committed under Obama.
In the damning four-page memo, GOP lawmakers described the “alarming” and “shocking” abuses of the Obama FBI and DOJ to spy on Donald Trump when he was a private citizen running for president against Obama ally, Hillary Clinton.
“It doesn’t surprise me that the FBI is pushing back,” Meadows said (video below). “They have been stonewalling for a year. They had to come under subpoena and a threat of contempt to be able to produce the documents. And now they say they’re concerned about omissions? Well, let’s put all the documents out there.”
He continued: “If they’re truly concerned about this four-page memo, which truly is revealing and the American people should be concerned about — let them judge for themselves — let’s go ahead and put all of the documents out there. I don’t think they want that either.”
On ‘@LouDobbs Tonight’: @RepMarkMeadows on FISA memo: “Chairman Nunes has an obligation to inform Congress when there has been FISA abuses and so all he’s doing is following on his constitutional duty to let us know about that.” #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/HEOqkSgoVx
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) February 1, 2018
As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes is obligated to inform Congress of FISA abuses being committed to illegally spy on private citizens, which is reportedly what happened to Donald Trump before he became president.
“Chairman Nunes has an obligation — an obligation — to inform Congress when there has been FISA abuses. And so all he’s doing is following on his constitutional duty to let us know about that,” Meadows said. “It’s time for transparency to the American people.”