According to a White House official aboard Air Force One, President Donald Trump intends to give his blessing to Republican lawmakers to release a classified memo that alleges misconduct by the FBI.
The official said, "The president is OK with it. I doubt there will be any redactions. It’s in Congress’ hands after that." Releasing the classified memo that alleges misconduct by senior FBI officials investigating Trump's 2016 campaign has been a hot topic.
The memo was written by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes and alleges the FBI and Justice Department abused their power.
The FBI is fighting against releasing the memo because it highlights wrongdoing by the bureau. Specifically, the memo says that top FBI officials mislead a federal court to obtain a warrant to spy on Trump campaign policy adviser Carter Page.
Republicans say a controversial dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele played a role in obtaining the warrant but they did not properly disclose Steele's role.
On top of not disclosing Steele's role, the firm Steele worked with had been hired by Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign. The abuse of power amounts to treason and Democrats don't want the memo revealed either because it would also reflect poorly on their party which played a critical role.
In a last-ditch effort to discredit the memo, Democrats accused Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes of intentionally undermining Mueller in the memo.
The bottom line is that top government officials broke the very laws they are sworn to uphold and now they are obstructing justice to prevent their crimes from being exposed.
Previously, <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/16573-GOP-Reps-Demand-The-Release-Of-Shocking-Surveillance-Memo">House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said he was shocked</a> by what the memo contained. "I’m here to tell all of America tonight that I’m shocked to read exactly what has taken place," Meadows said.
"I thought it could never happen in a country that loves freedom and democracy like this country. It is the time that we become transparent with all of this, and I’m calling on our leadership to make this available to all Americans can judge for themselves."
Rep. Bob Goodlatte weighed in on the memo saying, "There is a problem with several people in some of the highest levels in the bureau. And that needs to investigated and the American people need to understand why. And that is going to be aided — not completely — but aided by the release of this memo."
Those guilty know the release of the memo will be the end of their careers and likely to result in a prison sentence. In an era where the slightest inappropriate conduct can destroy your career, crimes of the magnitude the memo exposes would certainly result in just that.
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If Trump handled this like a Obama or Hillary. He'd hold the memo as political leverage and quietly tell the Liberal Leadership to drop the phony investigation, retire a few senior members due to age, family and health.
But Trump is above this game and will hang their butts out for all to see.