The GOP Plans to Release ‘The Memo,’ But What Is It?

If you spend any time on conservative websites, happen to catch a minute of Fox News or have Republican friendson social media, you’ve probably heard someone demanding that the House “release the memo.” Now, that may finally happen.

But what exactly is “the memo,” who’s “releasing” it and how will it affect the political landscape? Here’s everything you need to know about the already infamous memo.

1. “The memo” is a GOP-authored document.

Despite most of the hype surrounding this document, the memowasn’t written by the FBI. The memo was written by Republicanswhoclaim tohave chronicled a series of abuses in the FBI, such as misuse of surveillance techniques, that were allegedlycommitted to hurt President Donald Trump and his administration.

The memo itself has been classified, so the four-page document couldn’t be made public. Now, thanks to efforts spearheaded by House Intelligence Committee Chair and Republican CongressmanDevin Nunes, the memo will be released beyond the committee — and everyone will be able to read its contents.

2. But what is it about?

The memo focuses on the Russian probe, of course. AsCNN reports:

The Nunes memo says the FBI abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act over its use of the opposition research dossier on Donald Trump and Russia as part of the case to obtain a FISA warrant for former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.It cites the roles of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and outgoing Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe in overseeing aspects of the investigation, according to a source briefed on the matter.

The memo claims thatthe FBI maintainsan anti-Trump bias,promptingagency leadersto approve otherwise unacceptable surveillance in an effort to bring the president down.

3.Why is this partisan?

The memo is just a summary — it’sthe Nunes version of what he believes happened inside the FBI,providing only theinformation he wants to highlight and disregarding the rest. Meanwhile, a second “memo” — this one written Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff,allegedlyexamines the source materials offered by the FBI. Schiff claims Nunes didn’t bother to read those sources,only cherry-pickingRepublican talking points:

The chairman never bothered to go read these underlying materials. After months and months of making thisargumentthat the FBI and DOJ are involved in some sort of conspiracy, he didn’t even bother to read the materials himself.

While the committee voted to declassify the Nunes memo, they voted to keep Schiff’s response classified so no one can see it.

4. Why is this a big deal?

The memo really isn’t that big of a deal — after all, pretty much everything in it has probably already appearedon a right-wing website by now, and it’s assumed tocontain mostly retreaded GOP fever dreams. That said, the debate surrounding the memo highlights just how partisan Congresshasbecome.

The GOP haspushed to get “the memo” into the public eye, regardless of how many times they’ve been toldthat doing so could jeopardize the Russian investigation, potentially endanger agents and even undermine the trust in the FBI itself — a bureau that needs to be both non-partisan and independent from any political administration.Huffington Postreports:

In a letter last week, a top Justice Department official said releasing the classified memo would be an “unprecedented action” that would be “extraordinarily reckless” and could “risk harm to national security and to ongoing investigations.” The department did not “understand why the Committee would possibly seek to disclose classified and law enforcement sensitive information without first consulting with the relevant members of the Intelligence Community,” the letter read.

5.If Republicansare concerned about national security, whywould they do this?

Two reasons: they want to clean out the FBI and replaceexisting officialswith Trump administration yes-men, as well as todiscredit any findings thatsuggest theRussians played a role inthe 2016 presidential election.And that claim is gaining even more traction now thatthe president just announced he will not impose the Russian sanctions Congress passed last year to punish the country for meddling in the election.

6. Well, when do we get to see “the memo”?

Now that the committee has voted to release it, the memowill move to the White House. The president hasfive days to decide whether he agrees with declassifying and releasing the document, and if so, the public will finally get a peek at the most highly sought after three-and-a-half pages of information in recent years.

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45 comments

Marie W
Marie W4 months ago

Tks for sharing.

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Mike R
Mike R10 months ago

Thanks

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Mike R
Mike R10 months ago

Thanks

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David F
David F10 months ago

This article is a long-winded opinion without a smidgen of anything specific. Somehow Marty thinks that only her opinions are facts.
Whatever happened to all the Russia Russia Russia collusion articles that were going to take down our president?
Marty Robin just quoted "It takes in informed populace to keep the government in check".
What hypocrisy, she just wrote a long article criticizing the release of the FISA memo to the public when she had not even read it. See January 31st.

Washington is ablaze with the biggest abuse power scandal in our history, yet because it is her X that is doing the abusing....... crickets

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John B
John B10 months ago

Stupid propaganda ploy.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E10 months ago

david f
The facts were "cherry picked , out of context and incomplete" The FBI URGED idiot trump not to release it and you know it.(trump hadn't even read it when he agreed to release it . I'm sure he already knew what was in it from his stooges)
Seems like it may have done trump more harm than good when it was found out he called his cronies and bragged about how it would put an end to Mr. Mueller's investigation. Nunes is just a butt kissing stooge as he has been shown to be in the past. As for the market, it may recover but did you notice that your hero wasn't bragging about it yesterday? :-)

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Janis K
Janis K10 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Just Human
Just Human10 months ago

It's the GOP whining about how they're so mistreated. They're acting like a bully who got punched in the nose. It's so obvious that the memo is a distraction. Everybody knows it except for those brainwashed by Faux.

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David F
David F10 months ago

Rhoberta E, the FBI has already reviewed the memo prior to being released and confirmed it was completely factual.
DOW down 665 points, NASDAQ down 135 yesterday, reminds me of last November 9 when all the liberals were selling stock crying over the election. The market plunged, Now they're crying over The largest US government (Democrat) abuse and corruption scandal of our lifetime.

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David F
David F10 months ago

Jone E, your bamboozled again by your fake news claiming a grave danger and people would die by the release of this memo. There was not one word in the memo that would have an effect on national security.

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