With President Trump’s approval, the four-page FISA memo prepared by the House Intelligence Committee has been released to the public. Democrats fought the public release of the document, which has been described by GOP members of the House as “explosive,” “shocking,” “troubling,” and “alarming” and showing actions on the part of FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials as being similar to those of the Soviet KGB. Now the American people can judge it for themselves.
In two early morning tweets Friday, President Trump — who is expected to release the four-page FISA memo at any moment — blasted the FBI, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and Democrats. His tweets are based on information related to the contents of the memo. Praising the “Rank and File” of the FBI and DOJ, Trump attacked “top Leadership” for politicizing the “sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats over Republicans” and addressed the illegal spying on members of “the Trump Team” based on the now-discredited “dossier.”
In the ongoing #ReleaseTheMemo battle, the aim of the Deep State and its congressional accomplices seems to be to attempt to discredit the four-page FISA memo detailing FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) surveillance abuses before President Trump authorizes its public release. The big problem opponents of the memo will face is that the memo is just that: a memo. The real issue is the intelligence behind the memo. And some lawmakers who have seen the intelligence are among those who voted for — and continue to advocate for — publicly releasing the memo.
As the timetable continues to move toward the public release of the four-page memo detailing FISA abuses at both the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ), Democrats continue to treat the document with a mixture of disdain and incredulity. But according to recent reports, two senior FBI officials who have reviewed the document have said it does not contain “any factual inaccuracies.”
While many were disappointed that President Trump did not address the controversial four-page memo during his State of the Union speech, he did address it on his way out of the speech. In a “hot mic” moment, the president was heard telling Representative Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) that he will “100 percent” release the memo to the public.
The classified four-page FISA memo is now on the president’s desk, and he has four more days to approve its release or object. Trump’s approval is a foregone conclusion, since the White House publicly called on Congress to release the memo.
Democrats made a bold effort to force the White House to accept amnesty for DACA "Dreamers," but Trump refused to give in.
On the heels of both houses of Congress reauthorizing section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), it has been reported that an “explosive,” “shocking,” “troubling” and “alarming” four-page memo was made available to members of the House of Representatives after they voted to approve that reauthorization. The memo details systemic and routine abuses of FISA — leading many in the House to condemn those abuses and say that the memo should be made available to the public. There are also indications that the memo would destroy both the Mueller probe and allegations that President Trump colluded with Russia.
The House approved reauthorization of warrantless surveillance, while Senator Rand Paul promises to filibuster.
When Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calf.) decided Tuesday to take it upon herself to release the transcript of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson's August interview with Senate Judiciary Committee investigators, it caused a firestorm of controversy. Now, the content of that transcript is fanning the flames of that controversy. Simpson’s lawyer claimed in that interview that as a direct result of the public release of the Trump “dossier” prepared by Fusion GPS, “somebody’s already been killed.”