Courtesy of Politico:
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee are on the verge of defying the Department of Justice and voting to release a classified memo they say will reveal misconduct by senior FBI officials involved in investigating President Donald Trump's campaign.
POLITICO contacted or reviewed statements by the committee’s 13 Republicans, and found near-unanimous support for making public the memo, which Democrats call a misleading effort to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Trump’s ties to Russia.
A vote by the committee — expected as soon as Wednesday — to release the controversial document would put its fate into the hands of President Donald Trump, who has not taken a clear position on its public disclosure.
The committee sentiment suggests that House Republicans are unfazed by a top Justice Department official’s warning that doing so without first consulting the department would be “extraordinarily reckless,” and underscores the GOP’s determination to shift attention from Russian election influence onto alleged anti-Trump bias among federal Russia investigators.
Keep in mind that this is the same Devin Nunes created document that the House Republicans refuse to allow the FBI to fact check, or let the Senate Intelligence Committee take a peek at, and the one about which a Democratic member of the committee had this to say:
A member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Jim Hines (D-CT) has read chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) hyped and secretive “Justice Department abuses” memo — and says its contents are far from the bombshell his GOP colleagues claim they are.
“Having read it,” Himes told MSNBC host Chris Matthews during a Thursday evening interview, “you’d hope that whoever wrote that was a couple of whiskies into the bag.”
So this memo is too secret for even the FBI or the Senate to see, but it is perfectly okay for Donald "Here let me call my friend Vlad" Trump to read on the toilet.
We already know that Trump is going to overreact once he has somebody explain the big words to him, because that is what he does.
If they do give it to Trump, and he starts ranting about it on Twitter, then the Democrats are simply going to have to leak it to the press so that all the rest of us can see it for ourselves.
Because I think we can rest assured that this is most likely another nothing sandwich like that Putin calendar kerfuffle.