Trump’s FBI Director: Nunes Memo Factually Inaccurate And Paints A False Narrative
January 31, 2018
Last night Trump was caught saying that he was “100 percent” planning to release Nunes’ partisan memo designed to tarnish and discredit the FBI and Special Counsel’s investigations.
But today, after Trump’s own DOJ warned releasing the memo would be “extraordinarily reckless,” Trump’s FBI director – who Sarah Huckabee Sanders said just yesterday had Trump’s “full and complete confidence” – reportedly said he also opposes releasing the memo because it contains inaccurate information and paints a false narrative.
It’s clear Trump and Republicans have one goal in mind, and it’s not the truth, transparency, or national security.
Bloomberg: FBI's Wray Opposes GOP Memo Release, Citing Inaccuracies
By Chris Strohm and Billy House
- Trump overheard saying memo ‘100 percent’ should be released
- Republicans say memo raises doubts about Russia probe
FBI Director Christopher Wray told the White House he opposes the release of a controversial, classified GOP memo alleging bias at the FBI and Justice Department because it contains inaccurate information and paints a false narrative, according to a person familiar with the matter.
President Donald Trump was overheard Tuesday night telling a Republican lawmaker that he was “100 percent” planning to release the memo, which was written by staffers on the House Intelligence Committee and is aimed at raising questions about the validity of the investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia, now led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller
The FBI isn’t included in the inter-agency review process led by the White House aimed at deciding whether — and how much of — the memo can be made public following a vote Monday by the House Intelligence panel to release it. Wray was allowed to read the memo on Sunday.
It’s unclear how thorough the White House review process will be. As Trump departed the House floor after delivering his State of the Union address, C-SPAN cameras captured Representative Jeff Duncan, a South Carolina Republican, asking the president to “release the memo.”
“Oh yeah, don’t worry, 100 percent,” Trump replied, waving dismissively. “Can you imagine that? You’d be too angry.”
Republicans in the House moved to release the memo, authored by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes of California, in a party-line vote on Monday. The move has been opposed by Democrats, who argue the memo gives an inaccurate portrayal of appropriate actions undertaken by law enforcement, and by the Justice Department, which has said it should remain classified.
“It’s like having someone else do the book review for you and vouching to the House that it’s accurate,” Representative Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told MSNBC Wednesday.