Monday evening, members of a U.S. House Panel voted to release the controversial FISA memo. Shortly after the vote, Democrat Adam Schiff issued a statement that added to the drama of the day’s events. So, what (or who) is his party so afraid of? The answer is, Donald Trump.
One week after news broke of the four-page memo, the House committee voted to release it to the public. The FISA memo, according to several Republicans, details surveillance abuses by the Obama administration against the Trump campaign.
Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intel Committee, responded to the vote in a statement suggesting the memo was a distraction. “This is an effort to circle the wagons around the White House and distract from the Russia probe,” Schiff said.
Days earlier, Schiff along with Senator Dianne Feinstein demanded that Facebook and Twitter suppress the trending tag #ReleaseTheMemo. Which, and we’re sure you’ll agree, is an odd request if they have nothing to hide.
Curiously, Democrats are not the only ones opposed to releasing the FISA memo. Stephen Boyd, assistant attorney general of legislative affairs at the Department of Justice, also warned against making the memo public.
“It would be extraordinarily reckless for the Committee to disclose such information publicly without giving the Department and the FBI the opportunity to review the memorandum and to advise the HPSCI [the House intelligence committee] of the risk of harm to national security…,” Boyd wrote in a letter to Chairman Devin Nunes.
Just hours before the scheduled vote on the memo, Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe resigned. McCabe’s “early retirement,” came after agency Director Christopher Wray viewed the contents of the FISA memo.
The Perfect Storm?
In light of these events, it’s not hard to understand why Democrats are in panic mode. Between the revelation that the Hillary Clinton was purposely exonerated, McCabe’s resignation, and FISA abuse against Trump, Democrats are in it neck deep.
The only question now is- what will the president do about it?
The final decision to make the memo public rests with President Trump. Based on his prior statements, it’s likely that he will do just that. Either way, a storm is brewing in D.C. and the damage is going to be catastrophic.