In an interview with Fox News this weekend, Rep. Devin Nunes said that the only reason the public hadn’t seen the Democrats’ rebuttal to his FISA memo was because the Democrats themselves are making it impossible to release it. Instead of presenting the White House with a memo cleared of all the classified information that cannot be released to the public, he says, they intentionally sandbagged their own efforts. Their game, he implied, is to keep the memo hidden, blame the White House for refusing to release it, and profit from the narrative that the media will be only too happy to parrot.
Nunes said the Democrats should spend the weekend “redacting it so that we can get it back to the White House so the president can declassify it.”
He said he was hoping for that to happen as soon as possible.
“We actually want the Democratic memo out,” he said. “We think it’s ridiculous on the face of it. We think it’s very political how about they attack myself, they attack Chairman Gowdy, they turn Carter Page into some super-secret Russian spy, they talk about how Christopher Steele is a really, really good source when we know that he lied to the FBI.”
Trump was singing much the same tune on Saturday, saying in a tweet that the Democrats should have known better than to send him this garbage. “The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency,” he wrote. “Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!”
This is actually a pathetic stunt by the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee and it proves that they have no interest in actually giving the truth to the American people. This is a political game to them, not a major national security crisis. It’s all about how they can score points against the president while keeping afloat this leaky, battered, systematically-partisan Russia investigation. They know they have no response to that Republican memo that will pass muster, so they are going to play this silly game that makes them look like the oppressed heroes of the republic.
Because, honestly, what can they say? What can they tell us that will dissuade us from believing that the Obama administration relied almost exclusively on a piece of Clinton-paid-for opposition research to spy on an American citizen? Because, trust us, we would LOVE to read it. We would love to believe that Obama did NOT sink this low. We would love to believe that our intelligence community did NOT purposefully deceive the FISA court for political purposes. So if the Democrats can prove that, we’re all ears.
Unfortunately, we don’t think they can.