Courtesy of the New York Times:
The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously on Monday to make public a classified Democratic memorandum rebutting Republican claims that the F.B.I. and the Justice Department had abused their powers to wiretap a former Trump campaign official, setting up a possible clash with President Trump.
The vote gives Mr. Trump five days to review the Democratic memo and determine whether he will try to block its release. A decision to stop it could lead to an ugly standoff between the president, his top law enforcement and intelligence advisers and Democrats on Capitol Hill.
I like this line: "The vote gives Mr. Trump five days to review the Democratic memo and determine whether he will try to block its release."
Please, we KNOW he is going to try to block it because it will undercut his mythology about the Nunes memo vindicating him.
However I am not really convinced that this memo needs to be released.
After all the Nunes memo was essentially its own rebuttal, as it did not deliver ANY of the things that Trump and his acolytes claimed that it would deliver.
Either the Democratic memo will serve to drive a final stake through the heart of the Republican attempts to vilify the FBI and Justice Department, or it will serve as a distraction while the Republicans regroup and launch their attack from another direction.
Remember the goal here is to keep Donald Trump in office for as long as possible, and the Republicans have already demonstrated that there are no ethical or moral barriers that will keep them from that objective.