RELEASE THE MEMO: DOJ Seeks to BLOCK CONGRESS from Releasing FISA Bombshell

Mainstream Media Begins Push to Minimize Russian Investigation Memo

This week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) commented on the lost texts, saying: "The omission of text messages between December 2016 and May 2017, a critical gap encompassing the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, is equally concerning".

On Wednesday, the Justice Department characterized Republicans' push for the release of Rep. Devin Nunes's classified memo on alleged government abuses of surveillance as "extraordinarily reckless", the Times.

One of the lingering questions for Democrats is what intelligence supporting the memo is not physically in the committee's possession. That alone is a tipoff that the memo's goal is suspect.

Last week, the committee voted along party lines to allow all House members to view the classified memo, and to date roughly 200 Republicans have done so, along with a handful of Democrats, Conaway said.

Their texting history, which Sessions said included over 50,000 messages outside of the uncollected period, is now under review by the Justice Department's inspector general, who is conducting a separate probe of the FBI's handling of the Clinton email investigation.

But others fear a smear campaign and say the document is based on misleading information.

Boyd asserted that the "unprecedented" move could create national security risks and damage future investigations.

Citing media reports that the memo suggests Federal Bureau of Investigation abuse of FISA authorities, Boyd says the Justice Department is "currently unaware of any wrongdoing relating to the FISA process", but says the department takes any allegation of such abuse seriously and "we agree that any abuse of that system can not be tolerated".

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The accusers said they were regularly molested after they sought medical treatment for various injuries. Nassar pleaded guilty to assaulting seven people in the Lansing, Michigan, area between 1998 and 2015.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the Intel Committee, plans to ask the committee Monday to permit all House members to read the memo, according to The Washington Post. Richard Burr of North Carolina, "shows how little confidence they have" in the memo.

"I think the memo shows us the Mueller probe is rotten to the core, built on a rotten foundation", Gaetz said.

"That vote could occur as soon as next week", said Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) in a statement Wednesday. An FBI application for a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in connection Mueller's investigation allegedly relied at least partially on the dossier.

Clawson argues it makes no sense that such an entrenched anti-Trump conspiracy could have been so careless with their communications. Republicans rebuffed attempts by the Justice Department and the FBI to obtain copies of the memo, including a personal request from FBI Director Christopher Wray to view the document.

As Senate moderates pushed their leader to make a commitment to have a bipartisan immigration vote, House conservatives on Tuesday were pushing their leadership to tack to the right on the issue.

It's naturally become a partisan flashpoint, with Republicans siding with Nunes and Democrats coming out against the memo, accusing it of being willfully misleading.

Simpson believed the transcripts would provide a more accurate picture of what he said, rather than selectively leaked bits to put the company in a bad light. Jaffer was referring to text messages between the two that disparaged Trump - but also commented negatively on some Democrats. The Justice Department has provided the texts to Congress.

Nunes' office didn't immediately respond to the complaint.

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