Battle over Nunes memo tests Congress’ ability to oversee FBI

by Dan Boylan and Jeff Mordock
February 2, 2018

Rep. Devin Nunes‘ fight to publicly release his memo detailing potential abuses of power at the FBI has turned into a major test for Congress, which is trying to prove it can pierce the veil of secrecy that Republicans say has been used to hide wrongdoing in the government’s security agencies.

The memo from the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence could be released as soon as Friday, the White House said. President Trump read the document and sided with congressional Republicans who want the information made public.

“The president is OK with it,” a White House official said. “I doubt there will be any redactions. It’s in Congress’ hands after that.”

The decision pits Mr. Trump against FBI Director Christopher Wray, who has pleaded for the document to remain secret. Mr. Wray said the memo presents a skewed picture of his bureau, which secured the warrant that allowed the government to spy on Trump campaign figures in 2016.

But analysts say bigger issues are at stake, including Congress’ ability to oversee a powerful national security bureaucracy that may be trying to avoid a deserved black eye.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Humble Servant says:

    We know the FBI is an unconstitutional organization formed in 1908 under Theodore Roosevelt. This group of people believe they are untouchable by the public and if you are a Democrat president they can do your dirty work while going unscathed. The best thing is to expose this organization to it’s corruption and take away the powers of it’s head people. YOUR FIRED!!!! If America cannot cleanup the corruption in the government then we will be doomed. The best way to do this is get rid of the power and the money that is driving it.

  • ccblogging says:

    The FBI Dirty Cop Club aka the Secret Society doesn’t want credit for their attempted overthrow of the United States Government. Wray is probably a card carrying member of the Dirty Cop Club too. Release the UNREDACTED MEMO and let the heads roll..

    1. oldgringo says:

      The “dirty cop club” of which you are referring to is an element of the “deep state” more commonly know as the “shadow government”…There are three (3) elements of this secret society not including those smaller branches attached to these agencies…The “deep state” agencies being the FBI…the CIA…and the NSA…All corrupt to the bone for the simple reason congress does not intervene in what ever they are doing…purposely…with very little oversight…Why?
      …Because the Shadow Government does not want the American Public to know what it really does…These organizations (agencies) thus also encompasses the liberal MSM to supply dis-informational leaks and other “fake” news which it wishes to express to the citizens of this country via methods of brain washing which even George Orwell was well aware of…Currently we see James Comey acting like the disrespectful citizen that he is by implying the Trump administration reeks of McCarthyism…We can expect Comey and his ilk to next apply the liberal hack words of “Nazism”…”Racist”…
      “KKK”…”Jim Crow”…”White Supremacist”…”Bigot”…etc. These are the tactics the “deep state” uses to subjugate American citizens into turn their backs on a sitting US President…James Comey was a part of this maneuvering and when Trump learned of it he fired James Comey on the spot…As President you or I would have done the same knowing someone under my command was attempting to sabotage my presidency…Lets clear the air about the “deep state”…”There’s a plot in this country to enslave every man, woman and child…Before I leave this high and noble office, I intend to expose this plot”…President John F (7) days before his assassination…Furthermore “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American Public believes is false”…William Casey, Director CIA 1981-1987…in clarification… “Today the path to total dictatorship in the U.S. can be laid by strictly legal means, unseen and unheard by Congress, the President, or the people…Outwardly we have a Constitutional government…We have operating within our government and political system a well organized political action group in this country, determined to destroy our Constitution and establish a one party state…The important point to remember about this group is not its ideology but its organization….It operates secretly, silently, continuously to transform our Government…This group…is answerable neither to the President, the Congress, nor the courts…It is practically irremovable…Senator William Jenner in a 1954 speech before a US Intelligence committee.

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