House Republicans should proceed carefully before making public a House Intelligence Committee memo alleging a variety of abuses by the FBI and Department of Justice, Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) said Thursday. Thune, speaking to reporters at a Republican retreat, said that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the Intelligence panel, should first share the memo with Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) before releasing it publicly, noting that Burr has been unable to obtain the document. "I think the Senate Intelligence Committee needs to see it, for sure. Sen. Burr would like to see it and hasn't been able to yet," Thune said, arguing that the Senate Intelligence Committee should be apprised before the document becomes available to the public. "There are important national security considerations they need to weigh, and hopefully they're doing that," he said.
Thune also said that Nunes should heed the concerns of FBI Director Christopher Wray about divulging information about the agency's sources and methods.
"They have to take into consideration what the FBI is saying, and if there are things that need to be redacted, I think they need to pay careful attention to what our folks who protect us have to say about how this bears on our national security," he said.
One thing about this memo that seems to have been missed. If the House Intelligent Committee is going to question the FBI and DOJ on FISA warrants and state that the process has been corrupted that should and probably will lead to a flood of accusations on all FISA warrants.
Be careful what you wish for and all.
All should appreciate the FBI speaking up. I wish more of our leaders would. But take heart: American history shows that, in the long run, weasels and liars never hold the field, so long as good people stand up. Not a lot of schools or streets named for Joe McCarthy. -- James Comey
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), who seems more and more to be in the wrong party, denounced Republicans' antics. "These attacks on these institutions like we're seeing now with the FBI and the Justice Department -- I mean, these are things that they're hallmarks of our country," he said, according to the Columbus Dispatch. "And as we erode them or create enormous doubts in the minds of Americans that there's anything we can trust ... it gets us in trouble."
#4 if only Kasich were able to win the GOP primary. I'd happily vote for him.
Unfortunately sanity is a liability in the current GOP.
Nunes, McConnell, Ryan, Gowdy, Trump, Pence are all co-conspirators and as Muellers noose tightens around them they will resort to ever increasingly desperate actions to throw shade on Mueller's investigation.
Trump ain't a dummy. He got all of them in on the collusion early so they all stand to lose if he goes down.
Trey Gowdy @TGowdySC
It is important for the American public to know if the dossier was paid for by another candidate, used in court pleadings, vetted before it was used, vetted after it was used, and whether all relevant facts were shared with the tribunal approving of the FISA application.
While this memo raises serious concerns with the FISA process, I have been and remain confident in the overwhelming majority of the men and women serving at the FBI and DOJ.
As I have said repeatedly, I also remain 100 percent confident in Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The contents of this memo do not - in any way - discredit his investigation.
Side note regarding Gowdy:
Trey Gowdy turned down appointment to federal bench
According to sources, White House Counsel Don McGahn called Gowdy twice to see if he would accept a nomination to serve as a judge on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, but Gowdy declined. McGahn was about to submit a list of names for the 4th Circuit openings, and thought Gowdy wanted to be considered.
It was thought to be Gowdy's dream job, but the lawmaker has signaled he is more interested in practicing law and teaching. The 4th Circuit has two openings for judges.
I told you... he is holding out for an offer from Fox News.
He wants some of that candy that Jason Chaffetz got.
Kasich is an "Eisenhower Republican". The kind we used to have before the "Southern Project" let the Confederates capture the Union.
You want REAL Peace and National Security, try working towards it like Khrushchev and JFK were doing until the Deep State put a stop to it. Try more diplomacy and fewer guns and bombs. Leave other people alone. Bin Laden won because the financial burden and amount of wasted time and fear that he imposed on Americans unnecessary. He stated very clearly, there is a reason they never attacked Sweden.
The real Deep State consists of career bureaucrats who wage war against peace nicks, Moslems, socialists and communists. War is the racket of the Deep State, just like racketeering is the job of the mafia. The real Deep State killed JFK. I'm sure considered that when he considers military policy, particularly against Russia. Trump's Deep State are the Republicans he mostly appointed that "aren't on his team", like Mueller, Rosenstein, and Comey.
The real Deep State consists of career bureaucrats who wage war against peace nicks, Moslems, socialists and communists.
Gee, sounds like a bunch of right-wingers, huh? Hardly the type who would be in the bag for Hillary.
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