The Nunes Memo has come out and of course everyone has taken to it. There are the Republicans who are saying one thing, and the Democrats are saying another. Since most sources are either right or left, it’s really difficult to come to a conclusion on what exactly is true and what isn’t, and what’s being pushed so as to move an agenda along. This Nunes Memo is like the Bible; everyone sees and reads the same words, but all come up with different interpretations to fit their narrative.
First, are there any consequences of sending an edit version of the memo to the White House?
No, there are rules to the White House that must be followed: the committee allows for information to be edited in a document as long as its no new classified information. If you take a look at the PDF, it’s said on page 14-16, within Rule X, Clause 11, Article G, Section 1.
Second, why was Trump allowed to release the memo after five days?
Because the committee must approve the release and by doing so, it needs to go through the executive branch. If the executive branch wants something to be edited out then it goes back to the committee, and the committee then must tell the president of this new change. It is then, there is a five day release clock.
Third, did the FBI act improperly?
There are four reasons to go by and the sources are in the memo itself. However, there’s no actual evidence that can be sited because of the FISA warrants and request of secrecy, and/or confidentiality has been blocked from public view. Since these FISA documents more than likely won’t be released for a good while, all any one can really do and what they are doing is speculating. Remember:
The Carter Page FISA application also cited extensively a September 23, 2016, Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff, which focuses on Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow. This article does not corroborate the Steele dossier because it is derived from information leaked by Steele himself to Yahoo News. The Page FISA application incorrectly assesses that Steele did not directly provide information to Yahoo News. Steele has admitted in British court filings that he met with Yahoo News—and several other outlets—in September 2016 at the direction of Fusion GPS. Perkins Coie was aware of Steele’s initial media contacts because they hosted at least one meeting in Washington DC in 2016 with Steele and Fusion GPS where this matter was discussed.
Again, we can’t see that FISA application so the only thing we can go on is:
“FISA application also cited extensively a September 23, 2016, Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff, which focuses on Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow.”
That’s it. That’s all we have; as you can see, it’s not telling us anything. It just keeps referring to the FISA documents. Personally, until I can read the FISA reports then I’m not going to believe or find anyone else’s interpretation credible.