A hot microphone picked up President Trump, on his way out of the House of Representatives, telling a congressman that the controversial “Nunes Memo” would be released to the public: “100%.” And to be sure, thanks to the House Intelligence Committee voting to do just that, the decision over whether or not to share the memo with the American people lies with the president alone. And, since the memo reportedly documents grave errors in judgment on the part of the intelligence community – errors that led to a FISA court authorizing the surveillance of Trump campaign associates – it would seem to be in Trump’s interest to let everyone take a look.
But will he?
The FBI and the Justice Department are hoping desperately that he does not. Not only did FBI Director Christopher Wray personally ask the White House to keep the memo under wraps, but a Bureau spokesperson is casting doubts on the document’s validity ahead of its potential release.
“With regard to the House Intelligence Committee’s memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it. As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,” the spokesperson said. The FBI, he said, “takes seriously its obligations to the FISA Court and its compliance with procedures overseen by career professionals in the Department of Justice and the FBI. We are committed to working with the appropriate oversight entities to ensure the continuing integrity of the FISA process.”
Make no mistake: If the Democrats (and, for that matter, the FBI) really thought this memo was just a piece of meaningless Republican propaganda, they would not be fighting its release with this much vigor. Their very opposition to its release proves this thing has teeth. It is not, as some liberals have suggested, merely an overview of how Rod Rosenstein reauthorized the ongoing surveillance of Carter Page. Why would Democrats fight to keep that information secret? No, no, there is something extremely revealing within these four mysterious pages, and Washington anti-Trump forces are scrambling to keep it hidden from public view.
As far as Wray goes, he’s playing the role of dutiful FBI director and showing his allegiance to “the boys.” We can respect that.
But there comes a point where this nation’s foundations must be protected. And that point comes when the intelligence community begins using its vast powers for political purposes. If that is the kind of wrongdoing that this memo exposes, it’s high time the people see it. We trust that Trump will make the right call.