It could be said that the 2016 election was conservative America’s warning to the Republican Party: It’s time for you guys to either grow a spine or get the hell out of Washington.
Judging by the actions of the House Intelligence Committee this week, at least a few Republicans seem to have gotten the message. The Committee, chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes, voted Monday to make a controversial secret memo available to the public, proving that the GOP – at least in this small wing of Congress – is not going to stop fighting for the integrity of the republic. Ignoring pleas from the Justice Department, the committee’s Republicans have decided to share their classified memo with the American people. Why? Because the only way to yank truth out of the shadows and into the light is to play hardball.
Thank God they understand that.
This is the first time in history the House Intelligence Committee has voted to use their power of declassification; it will still need the approval of the president if it is to see the light of the day. Reportedly, White House lawyers were, as of Tuesday, reviewing the four page document to prepare for that decision. It’s not certain that Trump will approve the release, but all signs point to that. He has already expressed to House Republicans that he would liked to see the memo released, though he apparently said that before personally reading its contents.
While we do not know, as of Tuesday, exactly what information is included in the memo, Republicans have said it is expressly critical of the way the Justice Department went about obtaining a surveillance warrant in 2016. Officials involved in presenting the case to the FISA court did not, reportedly, let the court know how much of their evidence was based off the suspiciously-sourced Russian dossier produced by Fusion GPS and paid for by the Clinton campaign. Republicans have said that (now former) FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is among the officials specifically named in the memo. It is probably not a coincidence that Monday was McCabe’s last day at the office.
One thing’s for sure: Democrats are seething about the maneuver and they’re doing everything they can to discredit the memo as partisan politics. They even typed up their own “rebuttal memo,” but the House Intelligence Committee voted against making that version public. So in lieu of that, Democrats like Adam Schiff and their cohorts in the media are trying to make Republicans look like artists of distraction, waging a war on the Justice Department to provide cover for the president. Unfortunately for them, that narrative falls apart if the memo – which is based on undisputed classified sources – shows wrongdoing on the part of federal law enforcement.
Hopefully, it won’t be long before the speculation can end and we can read the information for ourselves. Then we’ll be able to see with our own eyes whether Republicans are simply spinning their wheels…or if Democrats need to answer for an intelligence operation that had more to do with anti-Trump politics than Russian spies.