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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

FBI Director Christopher Wray told the White House he opposes the release of a controversial, classified GOP memo alleging bias at the FBI and Justice Department because it contains inaccurate information and paints a false narrative, according to a person familiar with the matter. President Donald Trump was overheard Tuesday night telling a Republican lawmaker that he was "100 percent" planning to release the memo, which was written by staffers on the House Intelligence Committee and is aimed at raising questions about the validity of the investigation into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia, now led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The FBI isn't included in the inter-agency review process led by the White House aimed at deciding whether -- and how much of -- the memo can be made public following a vote Monday by the House Intelligence panel to release it. Wray was allowed to read the memo on Sunday.

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It's unclear how thorough the White House review process will be. As Trump departed the House floor after delivering his State of the Union address, C-SPAN cameras captured Representative Jeff Duncan, a South Carolina Republican, asking the president to "release the memo."

"Oh yeah, don't worry, 100 percent," Trump replied, waving dismissively. "Can you imagine that? You'd be too angry."

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Devin Nunes Won't Say If He Worked With White House on Anti-FBI Memo

The House intel committee GOP leader refused to answer behind closed doors if he coordinated with the president's team on his report blasting Rosenstein, Comey, and McCabe.

www.thedailybeast.com

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-31 10:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Ted Lieu‏ @tedlieu

I agree with @FBI Director Christopher Wray (who is a Republican), that the #NunesMemo contains factual inaccuracies and paints a false narrative. That's why the Democratic memo--which cites actual underlying docs--must be released.

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-31 12:19 PM | Reply

I read earlier today the two FBI agents said the info in the memo is factually accurate.

#3 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-31 12:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 4 | Newsworthy 5

#3 Got a link? The only article I could find were at PJ Media and World Daily Net.

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-31 12:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Good background article to keep in mind when Nunes memo comes out:

Five Questions the Nunes Memo Better Answer

1. When did the FBI open an investigation on Carter Page?

2. Who in the DOJ conducted the Woods Procedures on the FISA application?

3. Who was the federal judge who approved the memo?

4. Was the FISA warrant ever extended?

5. Has Robert Mueller used anything derived from the FISA in his investigation?

www.justsecurity.org

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-31 12:48 PM | Reply

Conclusion of above article:

"The answers to the questions above are necessary to substantiate allegations of misconduct in the FISA process. If Nunes has in fact singlehandedly uncovered this vast criminal enterprise, it's hard to know what's more astonishing: That a government bureaucracy managed to pull it off – or that Nunes has exposed it all in a scant four-page memo."

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-31 12:50 PM | Reply

#5

Gal, here's a couple more.

The Dubious Legal Claim Behind #ReleaseTheMemo https://www.lawfareblog.com/dubious-legal-claim-behind-releasethememo

This is a scandal, the argument runs, because it means the application was fraudulent. Because Steele was funded by Democrats, his reports were just unreliable opposition research designed to make Trump and his associates look bad. And if the FISA application was based on Steele's unreliable research, and DOJ never told that to the FISA Court, then DOJ misled the court and the court should not have issued the warrant.

As a Fourth Amendment nerd, it seems to me that the premise of #ReleaseTheMemo is pretty dubious. The apparent idea is that the failure to adequately document the funding behind Steele's work is a huge deal and a fraud on the court. But as a matter of law, that seems pretty unlikely to me. When federal judges have faced similar claims in litigation, they have mostly rejected them out of hand. And when courts have been receptive to such claims, it has been because of specific facts that are likely outside the scope of the memo that will be released.

How to Handle an Intelligence Committee Chairman Gone Rogue https://www.lawfareblog.com/how-handle-intelligence-committee-chairman-gone-rogue

#7 | Posted by et_al at 2018-01-31 01:06 PM | Reply

#4 it might have been PJ Media. Given that it's not a news site, take their claim with a grain of salt.

Gal,

To Et Al's point - When the MSM reacts to the memo, one of the things many outlets are going to do is to reach out to legal experts and if they conclude that the FISA process was on the up and up, this memo will be a great big nothingburger.

#8 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-31 01:09 PM | Reply

Et_Al, thanks for the links:

The Dubious Legal Claim Behind #ReleaseTheMemo

www.lawfareblog.com

How to Handle an Intelligence Committee Chairman Gone Rogue

www.lawfareblog.com

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-31 01:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#9

Gal, here's another one that puts this whole mess in a larger perspective. Regarding Nunes specifically and also Jeff's point,

And then there is the Nunes memorandum. This is a fluid situation. I put myself in the camp with those who are suspicious of Nunes' motives and competence and commitment to fair-minded oversight, based on his performance to date. The manner in which he created his notorious memorandum, and his original threat to release it without Executive branch review, was (as the Trump DOJ noted) "extraordinarily reckless." That said, the Intelligence Committee is charged with overseeing the foreign intelligence surveillance process and with DOJ counterintelligence investigations more broadly. It has been a dysfunctional and political committee engaged in dysfunctional and politicized oversight. But it has every right to look at the the DOJ/FBI performance, and enormous discretion to report what it finds to the public. The Intelligence Committees are subject to the same pathologies as the executive branch institutions they oversee, and Nunes's antics have ensured that his committee's oversight in his context cannot happen in an orderly fashion. And so it will happen in a disorderly way. Publication of the Nunes memorandum may skew our understanding of how the Russia investigation originated and was pursued, at least in the short term. And it will harm U.S. national security if it results in revelation of intelligence means and sources. I don't want to understate the short-term and possibly medium-term damage that it might do in the current political environment. But while Nunes is exceeding the limits of propriety here, he is also opening himself up to what will be enormous critical scrutiny of his actions. If past is prologue, that will not end well for him. And if past is not prologue, then perhaps Nunes has something to say. We will see. The larger point is that the country will eventually have a full accounting of the operation of the FBI/FISA process related to the Russia investigation, and of representative Nunes' role.
Independence and Accountability at the Department of Justice

www.lawfareblog.com

#10 | Posted by et_al at 2018-01-31 01:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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This, from Et Al's second article, seems relevant as it pertains to the Steele dossier as Steele had worked with the FBI before and had a good reputation with them, so the fact that Fusion GPS, and not Steele himself, was being funded by the DNC wouldn't be that important:

"If there are reasons to credit the informant despite the bias, based on the detail of the tip, the informant's history of providing reliable tips, or other information, then the background informantion about bias isn't particularly relevant. But if an affidavit hinged on an informant's claim and bias would have fatally undercut probable cause, then it has to be included in the affidavit."

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-31 01:44 PM | Reply

#8 have you not witnessed how right wing "news" works? Accuracy is far down the list of priorities and retractions or wrong information never acknowledged if they're even released.

Jesus have you been asleep the past 20 Years?

#12 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-31 03:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

They have no concern about the veracity of the memo and any backlash it might produce?

Why? Because they've never had to before, it will fire up the base and no reporting of the inaccuracies will change that and it will be a dump truck of mud dumped into the waters around the investigation.

They can't act to actively drown it because that'll be too obvious but they can disorient and hinder the investigation until it drowns from fatigue or lost interest.

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-31 03:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

A Trump appointee saying the GOP is painting a false narrative?

If I woke up tomorrow with my head glued to the carpet I would not be more surprised.

#14 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-31 04:09 PM | Reply

Devin Nunes Won't Say If He Worked With White House on Anti-FBI Memo

WHAT?

The Trump White House would never lie to us.

Biggest inaugural crowd ever.

Biggest tax cut ever.

Biggest stock market gains ever.

Best job growth ever.

Russia's fake.

Hands are not tiny.

#15 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-31 04:12 PM | Reply

#8 The memo isn't a nothingburger. Either it has proof of corruption of the FISA process and people are going to jail, or Nunes is obstructing justice and should go to jail. Senior FBI folks or a Senator on the intelligence committee should end up in jail soon. That is shocking either way.

#16 | Posted by bored at 2018-01-31 05:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Time will tell.

#17 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-01-31 07:20 PM | Reply

Time will tell.

#17 | Posted by sawdust

Time heals all wounds and wounds all heels.

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-31 07:25 PM | Reply

Basically, Nunes and the other Republicans on the committee lie you us, Trump has been lying to us all along. Obviously there was collusion and probably worse. Yet the Trump supporters are still in denial. It hasn't occurred to them yet that they should save face and ditch Trump and call him out for lying to you.

#19 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-31 07:39 PM | Reply

Release it all. I am surprised that the NYT (a la Pentagon Papers) isn't clamoring for the release of all this information.

#20 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-01-31 09:22 PM | Reply

Release it all. I am surprised that the NYT (a la Pentagon Papers) isn't clamoring for the release of all this information.

#20 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

I would suggest that the fact that all they want to release is the GOP spun version of those documents is evidence enough that what's going to come out is BS.

If it's true, do it right and release the summary with as many redacted documents as possible. Show the evidence to the best of your ability and push to make that happen.

As it stands, a document written by a known Trump stooge that's largely a secret until it's released sounds like the US citizenry is going to get as hoodwinked as they did with the secret tax "reform".

#21 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-31 09:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The Nunes memo they plan to release has been altered

www.cnn.com

#22 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-02-01 12:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Don't listen to FAKE NEWS It's the least altered memo in the history of memo's, believe me!

#23 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-01 01:46 AM | Reply | Funny: 3

#23

FF, damnit.

#24 | Posted by et_al at 2018-02-01 03:08 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

there is a dem memo that point out what is false in the memo but repubs voted to keep it secret.

#25 | Posted by THomewood at 2018-02-01 05:27 AM | Reply

Listen to the desperation. The rats are leaving the sinking ship. The Steele dossier was always trash and this is the perfect conclusion to this farce.

#26 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2018-02-01 06:16 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Rick Wilson‏ @TheRickWilson

#ReleaseTheAlteredModifiedPhonyMemo

#27 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-01 06:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

There is obviously something there. Look how many people have been demoted and fired.

Bruce Ohr, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page.

#28 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-02-01 08:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Listen to the desperation. The rats are leaving the sinking ship. The Steele dossier was always trash and this is the perfect conclusion to this farce.

#26 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake

The desperation is out in the open after Trump fires Mueller. That would be Donald's desperation.

You Vichy types will perform as expected after.

#29 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-01 09:17 AM | Reply

There is obviously something there. Look how many people have been demoted and fired.
Bruce Ohr, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page.
#28 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

Yes, people who stand in the way of Trump quashing the Mueller investigation.

It's fine. I know whats in the memo. Go ahead and release it. Conservatives are going to be very very let down. Although everyone else is going to have something fun to talk about and it won't be the FBI "issues."

#30 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-02-01 11:00 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Ted Lieu‏ @tedlieu

Dear @realDonaldTrump: The @FBI states the #NunesMemo contains "material omissions of fact." The Democratic memo puts forward those omitted material facts. And I will guarantee that when the American people see those omitted facts, your approval ratings will plummet even more.
Ted Lieu

#31 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-01 11:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Basically, Nunes and the other Republicans on the committee lie you us, Trump has been lying to us all along. Obviously there was collusion and probably worse. Yet the Trump supporters are still in denial. It hasn't occurred to them yet that they should save face and ditch Trump and call him out for lying to you.

#19 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2018-01-31 07:39 PM | FLAG: Hanging out with Maxine Waters.....again

#32 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-01 12:42 PM | Reply

#32 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-01 12:42 PM | Reply | Flag: Loves to spread the lies being pushed by Mother Russia

#33 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-01 12:57 PM | Reply

#32 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-01 12:42 PM | Reply | Flag: Loves to spread the lies being pushed by Mother Russia

#33 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY AT 2018-02-01 12:57 PM | FLAG: being played by Mother Russia

#34 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-01 01:11 PM | Reply

There is obviously something there. Look how many people have been demoted and fired.

Bruce Ohr, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page.

#28 | Posted by sawdust

There most certainly is something going on here. Think maybe that is what there is a special prosecutor looking into these things?

And here is a few you missed...

Omarosa Manigault,
Tom Price,
Sebastian Gorka,
Steve Bannon,
Anthony Scaramucci,
Reince Priebus,
Sean Spicer,
Michael Dubke,
Walter Shaub,
Michael Flynn,
Sally Yates,
Preet Bharara,
Katie Walsh,
James Comey,
George Sifakis,
Ezra Cohen-Watnick,
Michael Short,
Vivek Murthy,
Angella Reid.

And I am sure there some that I missed.

#35 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-01 01:16 PM | Reply

#34 Thank you for your great words in traitorous support of a treasonous regime.

Love,

Vlad

#36 | Posted by Reagan58 at 2018-02-01 01:23 PM | Reply

#34 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

Who dropped the ball on Russian sanctions? Ah, yes. Your boy Trump.

#37 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-01 01:53 PM | Reply

RE#35

Oops! And another one bites the dust.

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions just "resigned".

#38 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-01 01:54 PM | Reply

Mark Warner‏ @MarkWarner

I've seen the underlying Intelligence documents behind the #NunesMemo, and it is a distortion of the facts. Anyone can selectively pick documents out of a huge storyline and cook up a case. That doesn't make it true.

#39 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-01 01:54 PM | Reply

What?? People shouldn't trust Nunes and Trump who are trying to undermine the Russian Probe?

Please, say it ain't so!

#40 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-01 01:56 PM | Reply

John O. Brennan‏ @JohnBrennan

John O. Brennan Retweeted Adam Schiff
I had many fights with Congressional Dems over the years on national security matters. But I never witnessed the type of reckless partisan behavior I am now seeing from Nunes and House Republicans. Absence of moral and ethical leadership in WH is fueling this government crisis.

Adam Schiff‏ @RepAdamSchiff
The decision by Nunes to employ an obscure rule to release classified information for partisan political purposes crossed a dangerous line, and increases the risk of a constitutional crisis and another Saturday Night Massacre.

My oped on Washington Post:

Rep. Nunes's memo crosses a dangerous line www.washingtonpost.com

#41 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-01 01:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Manu Raju @mkraju

New concerns in the WH that Christopher Wray MAY QUIT over the release of the memo; WH officials hope redactions could ease tension. per @evanperez @jeffzeleny @DanaBashCNN

White House worried FBI director could quit over Nunes memo release
www.cnn.com

#42 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-01 02:12 PM | Reply

THE BIG IDEA: The classified memo written by Republican staffers for Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) could be released as early as today, despite an FBI statement expressing "grave concerns" and complaints from Democrats that it's been materially altered at the last minute.

Senior White House officials and advisers say that President Trump wants the document published because he sees it as key to making changes at the Justice Department, particularly pushing out Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

"Few things have frustrated Trump as much as the law enforcement agencies he cannot fully control," Josh Dawsey, Devlin Barrett and Karoun Demirjian report.

"Allies say he is upset that he can't control ‘my guys' at the ‘Trump Justice Department' and that no one seems particularly loyal to him. He has also broken long-held protocols by directly calling Justice Department officials, and instructed his chief of staff to do the same, without the White House counsel on the phone."

www.washingtonpost.com

#43 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-01 02:14 PM | Reply

"it might have been PJ Media. Given that it's not a news site, take their claim with a grain of salt." - #8 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-31 01:09 PM

Apparently, salt to some people is very newsworthy:

#3 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-31 12:37 PM | Reply | Flagged newsworthy by sawdust, newsworthy by Kaikane, newsworthy by fishpaw

#44 | Posted by Hans at 2018-02-01 02:54 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

emptywheel‏ @emptywheel

Curious: Has Devin Nunes considered launching an investigation into how Clinton Cash was used at FBI to generate leads for investigation into Hillary?

#45 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-01 03:26 PM | Reply

#34 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

Who dropped the ball on Russian sanctions? Ah, yes. Your boy Trump.

#37 | Posted by rstybeach11

Has Humpy Trumpy even admitted that the Russians are in a cyber war with us (but apparently not us with them) and that we are STILL under cyber attack by the Russians yet?

Are we ever going to do anything about it?

Are we just supposed to be doing something/anything about it or are we to just lay back and try and enjoy it and hope it will all be over soon?

#46 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-01 07:12 PM | Reply

There is obviously something there. Look how many people have been demoted and fired.

Nixon's apologists, after the Saturday Night Massacre.

#47 | Posted by YAV at 2018-02-01 07:53 PM | Reply

It's a guarantee you're on the right side of history if you're on the opposite side of "Kill List" John Brennan.

#48 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2018-02-01 08:52 PM | Reply

James Comey‏ @Comey

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.

#49 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-01 09:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Thank goodness the counter memo is hot on the heels of this one to spin us out correctly. You decide. Looking forward to seeing it!

#50 | Posted by Nuke_Gently at 2018-02-01 11:22 PM | Reply

Timing is everything, NUKE.

The Repubs jump will undoubtedly put their narrative in the lead for months. It'll take a strong, concerted effort to dissuade Trump base from the Memo.

Hopefully, ultimately it won't matter.

#51 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-01 11:50 PM | Reply

#43 wait you mean Trump has despotic shitbag tendencies? I never would have guessed!

#52 | Posted by jpw at 2018-02-02 12:25 AM | Reply

Gee, I wonder why Trey Gowdy isn't running for reelection?

I must be really old. I remember a time when the GOP opposed the Kremlin and would have gone absolutely ballistic at the POTUS getting caught paying off hookers.

#53 | Posted by morris at 2018-02-02 04:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There is obviously something there. Look how many people have been demoted and fired.
#28 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

Agreed.

There is obviously something there. That something is Trump trying to take out anyone in the FBI who could investigate him for collusion, money laundering, etc.

Hey, remind me, Comey, McCabe, Mueller, Rosenstein, Wray and Sessions...which party do they belong to again?

#54 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-02-02 10:45 AM | Reply

Don't care! Constitution bad, Trump beh-heh-heh-ter!
--Trumpvoter© sheep--

#55 | Posted by E1G1 at 2018-02-02 10:59 AM | Reply

Russians are toasting their success with champagne and laughing at us and clapping each other on the back congratulating themselves on how well their attack has worked.

Who would have guessed that their investments in Trump would have worked out so well for them that Trump is now willingly giving out classified info on how FBI surveillance and FISA works in investigating Russia's attempts at undermining our Democratic institutions.

Good job deplorables.

Mother Russia is so proud of you.

#56 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-02 11:10 AM | Reply

"You decide. Looking forward to seeing it!"

If you ever see it Wikileaks or similar will be involved because the Russpublicans will never allow it to be released.

#57 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-02 11:15 AM | Reply

Even the guy that Trump picked to run the FBI says the GOP is now run by scum.

#58 | Posted by Tor at 2018-02-02 02:32 PM | Reply

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