On Wednesday, Rep. Devin Nunes, who headed the GOP staff that wrote the controversial memo accusing the FBI of surveillance abuses against the Trump Administration, angrily denounced the FBI’s warning to the White House not to release the memo.
On Tuesday night, after his State of the Union address, President Trump indicated that he would release the memo. As reported by CNN, the FBI then sent a warning to the White House on Wednesday morning, stating, “As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”
Nunes then blasted the FBI for its insistence that the memo remain undisclosed, calling the agency’s reaction a “spurious objection.”
Having stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year, it’s no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance at these agencies. The FBI is intimately familiar with “material omissions” with respect to their presentations to both Congress and the courts, and they are welcome to make public, to the greatest extent possible, all the information they have on these abuses. Regardless, 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.