Axios: Trump’s Already Decided To Release Memo

Mike Allen reports at Axios:

Jonathan Swan and I are told that President Trump has already made up his mind to release the memo, which he sees as vindication, despite Justice Department resistance. Trump believes it will solidify in the public’s mind that there’s a Deep State out to get him.

Couple that fact with some genuinely troubling text messages between FBI agents, and the Fox News chorus warning of a Deep State coup, and you have the makings of a disorientation machine.

Last night, I saw how hot the House was burning when I interviewed Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat, just after Sean Hannity had told his prime-time Fox audience that the memo would expose “the biggest political scandal in American history.”

Hannity said he has been told memo’s contents “will shock the conscience,” and that the bias in the early stages of the Russia investigation “makes Watergate like stealing a Snickers bar from a drugstore.”

Schiff also tells Axios that his office has been getting “obscene calls and death threats” over the memo.

  • Joe in PA

    This is news?

    • Todd20036

      No. It’s just more lies because Trump is desperate to prove the democrats treat him the way republicans treated Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama

      And yes, I realize I just mentioned Clinton and Obama in the same sentence as Trump

    • OdieDenCO

      the background should the fire. noway is there anything heavenly in or around putin

      • TominDC

        That looks heavenly to you?

        Personally it reminds me of those poisonous sprays Big Ag sells, like DDT.

  • Leo

    The Dems have their memo too. They need to release it unilaterally.

    The old rulebook has gone up in flames but Schiff’s still trying to read it.

    • jm2

      The Repugs voted AGAINST releasing the Minority (Dem) Report! Who will be the Diane Feinstein and release it her/himself?

      • Rambie

        Schiff said on NPR this morning that the FBI and Justice is reviewing it. Maybe a few papers will fall out of a folder as it’s passed around or he’ll release the redacted copy after they’re done reviewing.

      • Leo

        Operate word: unilaterally. Call up their offices and not just if you’re a constituent of any of the Dem members (especially Schiff in CA-28). It’s the best (albeit limited) way to try to make a difference as a citizen in all of this.

      • killreligion

        In this case being classified it would be a serious violation of the law, I don’t believe she released classified info in that transcript?

        • fuow

          That’s my memory of it, too. However, given how easily everyone on the planet hacks into our government’s IT…it wouldn’t surprise me if somehow our side’s view got out.

        • J Ascher

          I suppose the Democrats could release a redacted version of their memo with this disclaimer that sensitive information has been hidden to protect the country.

        • jm2

          Feinstein released information ABOUT what this entire thing is about – the Steele Dossier! She released the transcript of the owner of Fusion GPS who hired Steele in front of the Senate committee, who wanted it released also!

  • SkokieGuy

    If the memo is propaganda based on cherry picked facts without including the actual classified documents, it may not be possible to properly publicly debunk it.

    There sure is a very coordinated effort to obstruct justice. In a perfect world, RICO statues could take down half the Republican Congress. Remember “Unmasking”? The Trump cabal keeps trying new angles to discredit the investigation, and when you throw enough shit, sooner or later something sticks.

    • clay

      even calling most of the bullet points “cherry picked facts” is being generous; many of them are simply suspicions, suppositions, or truly unsupported conclusions.

    • killreligion

      And it’s incredible that our government isn’t united in fighting the Russian threat to our voting system. It’s unbelievable actually.

      • SkokieGuy

        We have sent our military to fight and die to help other countries hold democratic elections, yet the official position of the administration is ‘nothing to see here’

  • tbj5

    Unmasking 2.0

    It’s autocratic propaganda to fire someone in the DOJ that actually has a conscience.

    And once Trump replaces Rosenstein, that person can clip Mueller’s investigation in a number of ways

  • Stogiebear

    “…there’s a Deep State out to get him.”

    That’s right folks, ego-centric geriatric white billionaires are so persecuted. Never remember to forget that!

    • DaddyRay

      Stogiebear – good to see you, have not seen you posting lately (of course I have been pretty busy)

      • Stogiebear

        Been busy here too — client work, moving the school, and have entry for a competition that’s due tomorrow and have almost finished it. LOL. Luckily, the competition is right here in Dallas so I can hand deliver it. What’s that other old saying? “Never put off for tomorrow what you can put off for week after next.”

  • gaycuckhubby

    we are in for some scary times.
    I know it has felt scary for about a year, but this is the real deal

    • Leo

      We were at DEFCON 3 and now we’re at 2 in other words.

    • fuow

      You’re right.

  • Gustav2

    The text messages are not deeply troubling.

    STOP using Republican talking points in your reporting.

    • clay

      The text messages are ONLY deeply troubling if the TWO persons were NOT re-assigned early on, but they were.

      The text messages are ONLY deeply troubling considering it shows a weakness in the general backup of FBI communications, but not like the GOP is calling for more funding to update FBI, IRS, and CIA computer systems.

      • Gustav2

        And if they didn’t use government devices for private messages (like we tell all government employees) none of this would matter.

      • AC


        • Gustav2

          Looking in the mirror again?

    • AC

      “genuinely troubling” is what the article says, not deeply troubling

      the texts surely do muddy the waters, which makes them troubling

      keeping one’s wits is half the battle in war

      when you start with a distortion, all that follows is diminished

  • Nax

    The unraveling of a decent republic continues. It will not end well.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    Um … .No shit? This whole episode is top down

  • itsjoe618

    Yeah, this partisan hack memo is just fodder for his cultist followers. No neutral person who is aware of current events is going to see this as anything other than a political stunt

    • marshlc

      Are there any neutral people left?

      • David Walker

        Don’t know, but I do know there are a lot of wishy-washy types who give you whiplash if you try to follow their convictions.

      • itsjoe618

        I suppose there are a few, but not many. Probably should amend that statement to say anyone who lives in a reality based world, which certainly wouldn’t include the vast majority of his deluded followers.

  • olandp

    Do you think that Sean Hannity realizes that Watergate was a series of CRIMES and their cover up?

    • DaddyRay

      Sean Hannity realizes that Nixon would have totally gotten away with it if Fox news existed back then

    • DaddyRay

      Roger Ailes’ Secret Nixon-Era Blueprint for Fox News

      But according to a remarkable document buried deep within the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, the intellectual forerunner for Fox News was a nakedly partisan 1970 plot by Ailes and other Nixon aides to circumvent the “prejudices of network news” and deliver “pro-administration” stories to heartland television viewers.

      The memo—called, simply enough, “A Plan For Putting the GOP on TV News”— is included in a 318-page cache of documents detailing Ailes’ work for both the Nixon and George H.W. Bush administrations that we obtained from the Nixon and Bush presidential libraries. Through his firms REA Productions and Ailes Communications, Inc., Ailes served as paid consultant to both presidents in the 1970s and 1990s, offering detailed and shrewd advice ranging from what ties to wear to how to keep the pressure up on Saddam Hussein in the run-up to the first Gulf War.

  • Christopher

    I really wish there was a “Deep State” out to get him. It’s not like Congress is doing its job.

    The man is a fucking nightmare! He needs to be removed from office immediately! He’s destroying this country, and imperiling the world with his dangerous rhetoric.

    Go Deep State!

  • Of course Trump has already decided to release it, as if that was any surprise. Trump’s a self-righteous coward.

  • mikemmiv

    The only Deep State is one of Denial.

  • DaddyRay

    When the purpose of the memo was designed to help Trump it is a foregone conclusion that not only will Trump will release it but will also tweet about it at nauseam and use it as justification to try to silence Mueller

  • killreligion

    The uneducated mob is so gullible this might actually work

    Those of us paying attention already know why the FISA court did what it did.

  • TexasBoy

    But those God-fearing Christian Republicans would never do that. /s

    • JCF


  • kareemachan

    “Genuinely troubling”?

    Only to conspiracy theorists.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Yeah, I caught that, too. It wasn’t two normal human beings having personal feelings that they can separate from their jobs, it was Deep State!!! You know, both sides are equally to blame. /s

  • fuow

    This is what happens when sane people withdraw from the political system. The decision not to vote or to vote ‘Green’ to ‘teach us Democrats a lesson’ coupled with the extremely low non-turnout in 2010 and 2014 did this to us.
    Yes, I know there are other major problems – Russians and voter-disenfranchisement and gerrymandering and Diebold machines.
    Just – as long as we don’t vote the Republicans out of office, how are we going to correct for any of those four? We have to start showing up and voting, regardless of how awful a particular Democrat may be on 0.00001% of the key issues. We have to support the party which doesn’t want to hurt us and our families, even if some members of the Democratic Party weren’t fully on board with gay rights in 1927.
    But, heh – don’t say Republicans can’t learn. They learned from Nixon’s mistakes and are set to come out of this case of treason winners.
    Why? Because we don’t engage. Not in the passive and not in the active franchise.

  • Halou

    “Schiff also tells Axios that his office has been getting “obscene calls and death threats” over the memo.”

    Such fine people right-wingers are.

  • boatboy_srq

    Best description of the memo I have seen so far compared it to Geraldo Rivera’s explosive expose on Al Capone’s vaults,with the note that with the vaults Rivera did his homework more thoroughly and produced better content than is apparent in the memo.

    • Treant

      I don’t like Rivera, but always felt kind of bad for him about that incident. It wasn’t his fault that there wasn’t anything in there.

      • boatboy_srq

        True. But that there’s equivalent content in the Nunes memo IS Nunes’ fault.

        • Treant

          Totally agreed. Rivera couldn’t possibly have known the vault was empty (it wasn’t, really; those papers were of interest to historians). Nunes knows what he just did.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    The only public mind that will be solidified by a Devin Nunes manufactured fiction will be the cement heads who already salivate and froth at the mouth where they hear their master’s voice. So, really, what does he think is going to happen here?

    My fear? Is that CNN et al will run with it to exclusion of everything else like they did with Benghazi and the emails, thus pushing out facts for a more explosive fiction. That’s the real danger here.

  • Pip

    So it’s okay when FBI, CIA, etc folks are Republican and have red views on everything they look at. But dear and fluffy lord help those who are Democrats and have an opinion of their own?

    More hypocrisy, got it.

  • SFBruce

    Of course little Donnie has already decided to release this memo, despite the fact that he hasn’t read it yet. The fact that the DOJ believes it’s release is reckless, if anything, makes Donnie that much more determined to make it public. He’s perfectly happy to sacrifice the public confidence in critical democratic institutions to save his own ample, yet extremely thin skin.

    • David Walker

      Why would he even bother to read it? I’m willing to bet one of his “advisers” will tell him what he wants to know and he’ll sign off on it. President shithole read? Please.

  • JCF

    You just know, that after quickly wipe off Nunes’ Rethug spin, there’s no there, there…