Once the public was made aware of the (House Intelligence Committee Chair, Devin Nunes (R-CA)) 4-page memo that is supposedly so explosive it deserves public release, despite its confidential source-data, the opposition started circling the wagons.
Those on the GOP side who actually read the memo called it shocking, troubling, and alarming.
Initially, the leading Democrat response came from Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, and Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA). Their response was to focus on Russian interference (again) by writing a letter to Facebook and Twitter blaming Russian bots for the #releasethememo movement.
NEW: Sen. Feinstein, Rep. Schiff urge Facebook and Twitter to investigate involvement of Russian bots in pushing "Release the Memo" campaign: "If these reports are accurate, we are witnessing an ongoing attack by the Russian government through Kremlin-linked social media actors." pic.twitter.com/SkAci5NefK
— ABC News (@ABC) January 23, 2018
Rep. Schiff (D-CA) also announce that Democrats have drafted their own rebuttal memo aimed at exposing Republican mischaracterizations of the classified information tied to the Mueller Russian collusion probe.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) January 24, 2018
Then, Assistant Attorney General Steven Boyd stepped in to voice his concern, calling the potential memo release “extremely reckless.”
JUST IN: DOJ's Stephen Boyd has sent a letter to @DevinNunes saying release of *the memo* without review by DOJ/FBI would be "extraordinarily reckless." Says the memo purports to be based on "classified source materials that neither you nor most of" the committee "have seen." pic.twitter.com/F0pmL34vhk
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) January 24, 2018
IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION: If the Nunez memo is about corruption within the DOJ and FBI, why should they be entrusted to review the information prior to release?
In response, Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC), also a member of the House Intelligence Committee, weighed in regarding Boyd’s warning, specifically with regard to Boyd’s judgment prior to actually reading the memo.
“I mean, I would say this again. I like Stephen. I work well with him,” Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, replied. “It’s really difficult to say a memo is reckless when you haven’t read it. To the extent he says that they’ve seen no evidence of any impropriety or untowardness or inappropriate conduct during the process we just respectfully disagree.”
Who’s telling the truth? Is there a vast conspiracy against President Trump as the Nunez memo may suggest, or does the truth lie on the other side, namely that the Republicans are simply trying to distract from the real truth of Trump-Russian collusion?
Maybe there are other seemingly unrelated clues that may shed light on who’s really telling the truth.
According to an article in the Jerusalem Post, former Secretary of State John Kerry seems to be angling for a 2020 presidential run, and in trying to remain politically relevant, met with a close associate of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Hussein Agha, regarding the Jerusalem declaration and ongoing peace negotiations. During the meeting, Kerry apparently made some potentially damaging remarks.
“According to Kerry, Trump will not remain in office for a long time. It was reported that Kerry said that within a year there was a good chance that Trump would not be in the White House… Kerry hinted that many in the American establishment, as well as in American intelligence, are dissatisfied with Trump’s performance and the way he leads their country.”
As someone who was a senior official in the Obama administration when the alleged misdeeds began, maybe we should pay attention to Mr. Kerry.