President Trump was eager to release the Devin Nunes authored memo last week in the name of “transparency” and the public interest, but when the shoe is on the other foot and Democrats want to release a memo of their own, it’s a whole different deal.
What are Republicans trying to hide?
That’s what Democrats want you to think, anyway, regarding the president’s decision Friday to deny the release of the Democratic memo that supposedly refutes the recently released Nunes memo. To display the logic, here’s CNN’s Jim Sciutto on Twitter:
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) February 10, 2018
But what if the Rep. Adam Schiff-authored memo contains so many classified poison pills that the administration had no choice but to kick it back to the House Intelligence Committee for necessary changes? What if the manufactured brouhaha over the Democratic memo’s release is really just for optics, to make Trump and the GOP look like they’re hiding something? What if they really don’t want more information out on FISA surveillance and the Steele dossier?
If you look beneath the surface, it certainly appears that way.
Of course President Trump blocked the release of the democrat memo.
Schiff purposefully put sensitive and classified information in the memo, so it would be blocked & look politically motivated.#FullOfSchiff
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) February 10, 2018
After the 10-page Schiff-authored memo hit Trump’s desk Monday, it had to undergo Justice Department and FBI review. You know, the agencies the Democrats were touting just last week when they were hoping they would be able to successfully prevent the release of the Nunes memo.
And those same agencies had no choice but to ask the House Intelligence Committee to redact sensitive and classified passages.
Passages purposefully put there by its author, Rep. Adam Schiff.
The explanation is really quite simple:
“Although the President is inclined to declassify the February 5th Memorandum, because the Memorandum contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages, he is unable to do so at this time,” White House counsel Donald McGahn wrote in a letter to the committee.
#BREAKING – President Trump will NOT #ReleaseTheMemo –
The Democratic memo, that is.
The White House submits there are too many passages with classified info – and is asking for DOJ guidance on how to move forward.
HERE is the letter:@WUSA9 @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/zPzFuEDUq7
— Mike Valerio (@MikevWUSA) February 10, 2018
FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also backed up the White House’s contention in an attached letter.
Of course, none of that will stop Democrats from trying to make hay out of nothing, but conservatives on Twitter were seeing right through the con game.
Good job by Trump for refusing to release the Democrat Memo.
We should never release a memo made by someone who colluded with the Russians to try to get naked photos of Trump.
Sorry Creepy Little Adam Schiff!
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) February 10, 2018
@realDonaldTrump will not approve the release of the Democrat memo. I mentioned this a few days ago that Adam Schiff intentionally added in top secret information about how the FBI goes about obtaining information. That can't be released, and Schiff knew it .
— Stonewall Jackson (@1776Stonewall) February 10, 2018
Not ONE Democrat voted to release the Republican’s memo, but EVERY Republican voted to release the Democrat’s memo.
The Republicans want to create more transparency, but the Democrats are willing to do whatever they can to stop & resist that idea.
They are cancerous to justice.
— Brandon (@brandongroeny) February 6, 2018
Adam Schiff new the rules.
President Trump can't release the above per protocol
WHY? Schiff Has nothing – so do THIS and ATTACK @POTUS
— Clive⚖️ (@clivebushjd) February 10, 2018
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