The media’s in full spin mode about Trump declining Dem’s FISA memo, but read the White House’s simple explanation

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:

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.

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.

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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.

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.

https://twitter.com/MarkDice/status/962138381252620289

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Scott Morefield

Scott Morefield is a news and opinion columnist for BizPac Review. In addition to his work on BPR, Scott's commentary can also be found on Townhall, TheBlaze, The Hill, WND, Breitbart, National Review, The Federalist, and many other sites, including A Morefield Life, where he and his wife, Kim, share their marriage and parenting journey.
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