Trump Likely To Release Memo With FBI’s Redactions

The Washington Post reports:

President Trump is expected to approve the release of a controversial congressional memo alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI, after the White House agreed to some redactions at the bureau’s request, according to senior administration officials.

The redactions were the result of a review of the memo’s classified contents by White House and intelligence community officials, including Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats. The memo, which has created a political firestorm, suggests that the early origins of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election were tainted by political bias.

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray had opposed its release, citing “grave concerns” about key factual omissions and accuracy. The White House was not convinced that release would compromise national security but agreed to redactions to protect sensitive law enforcement methods, according to the officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

  • Lazycrockett

    Releasing this memo will just let Putin know what agents have been compromised and have them killed.

    • ScubaBearLA

      So some good will come of it then.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Let them find out what the “reward” is for being on Team Trump.

  • KarenAtFOH

    Only a guilty person would be angry with the FBI statement.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Why don’t you release your taxes while you’re at it ?

  • Gigi

    Many have been telling Trump not to release the memo, so he’s releasing the memo. If Dems had demanded he release the memo Dolt 45 would have flipped them the bird and refused. Like a child.

    • CanuckDon

      You’d think the Dems would catch onto this psychological warfare that Trump and his goons are already having.

      • Tomcat

        They have, all over the cable news.

    • Randy Left Brooklyn

      This way he can say that the full memo exonerates him but the Democrats will not let him. So unfair to him.

  • Boreal

    Shitgibbon cave.

  • Slippy_World
  • bkmn

    If he thinks this “memo” is going to free him from Mueller’s investigation he is very mistaken.

    • Uncle Mark

      Most of us know that this memo is cherry-picked BS from 1000s of pages of FISA documents. This is nothing more than a fabricated excuse for getting rid of Rosenstein, so Trump can replace him with someone to get rid of Mueller. It’s so blatantly obvious that’s it’s painful. Trump’s been desperate to find a lackey to do his bidding. He’s finally found a treason-weasel in Nunes to aid and abet.

      Nunes will prove to be one of the weak links in the investigation when this plays out

      • Oh, Parker

        Nunes cherry picked and altered this memo to be interpreted by a select audience with the intent to create doubt and uncertainty about the investigation and bring it to a close. In other words, he is attempting to deceive. That’s obstruction. He’s going to be indicted.

  • Sam_Handwich

    deep state wins again!

  • bkmn
    • Christopher

      He’s a fucking Kapo, and I wish him nothing but ill will!

  • Rebecca Gardner
  • Boreal
  • shellback

    For fuck’s sake, he’s still alive? I’ll be back tomorrow to check again.

  • Reasonoverhate

    Time for true patriots to start leaking info that will prove Drumpf for the fraud and traitor he is!

  • Boreal
  • another_steve

    Trump is guilty as fuck.

    For those without law degrees, here’s everything you need to know: If you’re truly innocent, if you have nothing to hide, you show and reveal everything. You cooperate fully with law enforcement.

    Guilty as fuck.

    • Scott MB

      You cooperate and you don’t try to beat down the people that are investigating you. When you don’t cooperate and you scream corruption on the other side it just makes you look more and more guilty. A truely innocent person will let the investigation takes its course and prove out their innocence. If you are a guilty person then you will do anything and everything to take the focus off yourself. However, when one does this it justs brings more attention to that persons probable guilt. tRUMP is just screwing himself by keeing this in the spotlight and screaming so loud about it all the time.

      tRUMP is a guilty man trying to get everyone to believe he is a victim. One who knowingly commits treason isn’t a victim just as rapist isn’t the victim. tRUMP just happens to be both, a rapist and a treasonous person.

      • boatboy_srq

        Why else would everyone laugh at “No puppet! No puppet!”

        Honest to FSM, it’s like watching a real-life political version of A Private Function. I’m just waiting for Maggie Smith to come on and excuse Lord Dampnut’s wingnutsery with a coy “Seventy-four!”

      • another_steve

        Perfectly said, Scott.

        Trump established his guilt the moment he refused to release his tax returns.

    • Smokey
    • JCF

      Um, a_s? That applies ***IF*** you’re white and upper-class (preferably straight, too). What you advise can literally be SUICIDE for a person of color!

      • another_steve

        “Can,” perhaps.

        (I don’t buy into the “all police forces in the United States are cesspools of racism” far-leftist meme.)

        • JCF

          You say “far-leftist meme”, I say “I TRUST my black friends” realism (not to mention the time that my black then-spouse and I were pulled over for NOTHING, because—and I quote—“he fit a profile”).

          • another_steve

            I don’t for a moment doubt that there are plenty of racist cops out there. Just as there are plenty of homophobic and misogynistic cops. They need to be rooted out and sent packing.

            I do doubt that racism, homophobia and misogyny are systemic and pervasive in all police forces all across the nation.

          • JCF

            I really do like you, a_s. But as a Canadian, there may be some thing about the USA you just don’t get.

            Racism—specifically, white supremacism, w/ special focus on keeping African-Americans subjegated—is baked into the DNA of the United States. It CAN be overcome, absolutely—but ONLY w/ *constant effort*. Never-ending.

            Which is to say, if a police department, any U.S. police department, is not specifically TRYING to overcome white supremacist racism, then it WILL be racist. It’s not because its cops are especially evil. It’s just because white supremacist racism is the DEFAULT in the United States. It IS systematic. And if not *constantly fought*, it is pervasive.

            Wherever you’ve heard otherwise: they’re part of the problem.

          • another_steve

            I like you too, JCF. (Btw I’m a resident of Maryland USA – not Canada. 😉

            Racism and white supremacy are not the default here in the states. They used to be, prior to the civil rights uprising of the 1950s and 60s. Today there are racist pockets around the country and racist organizations – but they’re the exception, not the rule. The majority of Americans aren’t racist.

            There are plenty of racists, but the majority of Americans aren’t racist.

            Don’t drink the far-far-leftist Kool-Aid, my friend. 😉

          • JCF

            My bad re the Canada thing (why did I think you shared that nationality w/ billbear?).

            Everything else I said stands, though. But note: I didn’t say “racists”, I said white supremacist racism. With the exception of those torch-wielding turds (mostly all talk, because they’re mostly all cowards—though the criminally violent among them need to be locked up PDQ), it’s not personal. It’s structural. And it’s everywhere …unless constantly resisted (and resisting is the part that’s both personal AND structural).

            That “racism was then, but it’s over now” thing? That’s your white privilege talking: again, NOT a personal critique, I have it too. I challenge you to resist yours. I challenge you to THINK CRITICALLY, re how phrases like “far-far-leftist Kool-Aid” let white privilege slide: “heh-heh, racism is over, only wacky lefties say otherwise! I certainly don’t have to examine MY life now, do I.”

            “The majority of Americans aren’t racist.”

            The majority of white Americans VOTE to maintain white supremacy. Year after year after year after year. Because they don’t examine how white supremacy unfairly props them up, and holds others down. And too many get reactionarily defensive when called out to examine that privilege.

            Now I know, a_s, that since most politicians who support white supremacy are ALSO anti-LGBT, you probably don’t vote for them. But take the next step. Actively EMPATHIZE w/ persons-of-color in this country (particularly African-Americans but also, in this “Build The Wall!” age, Latinos). Educate yourself, on how they’re held down, put down, let down in SO many ways, and allow yourself to imagine what that feels like (bearing the burden of history, something that a couple of decades of “civil rights uprising” only BEGAN to make dent in).

            It’s not enough to lust after black people, a_s (who doesn’t lust after black people, amirite? ;-/). You need to LISTEN to them.

            Pax et bonum, steve.

          • another_steve

            Any and all attempts by the far left to make white people feel inherently guilty for crimes they aren’t part of – crimes they condemn – are far-leftist crap and bullshit.

            “White privilege” is a crap concept. PC crap, pure and simple. Anyone who looks at someone’s face and based solely on its color reaches any conclusion whatsoever about that person based solely on the color is a racist.

            Zero difference in these two statements. Zero:

            (1) Because your face is black, you are lazy and undeserving.

            (2) Because your face is white, you bask in your “white privilege” and are part of the problem.

          • JCF

            Well, as I seem to have run into the “get reactionarily defensive when called out to examine that privilege” wall (hmm, I sense a theme here. “Build That Bridge!”, I say), we’ll just have to let this convo drop…

            ETA: FTR, I—as an American of predominantly European descent, aka “white” person—don’t “feel inherently guilty for crimes they aren’t part of” in the slightest. Understanding privilege isn’t about “guilt”. Quite the opposite. It’s a dispassionate examination of the past, as it influences the present. Guilt is something one does to one’s self…based upon one’s own conduct. My guilt is only for the things I have done, and (hopefully) it spurs me to change my own life. HTH.

  • tbj5

    And now the rollercoaster will reach its peak.

    Waiting for unsealed indictments to start the real ride.

  • Rex

    I’m no detective, but I’m starting to think Trump is guilty.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • PickyPecker
  • jimbo65

    I’m sorry ,but I can’t help but have a lasting disgust for James Comey. It was said that during the campaign , FBI was Trump land. Especially the NY branch And btw where in the world is Ghouliani? Comey’s reopening of the Hillary emails helped to give us 45. And now the chickens have come home to roost. Comey and his like minded colleagues are seeing the systematic destruction of their beloved FBI.
    Saw this elsewhere, but so true; If you complain about the monster, then don’t give Dr. Frankenstein the parts.

    • Scott MB

      Speculation about Ghouliani is he is cooperating with Mueller. I bet he knows where a LOT of the skeletons are hidden!

      • jimbo65

        That would be a delicious surprise revelation. Ugh interesting times. ..

      • Oh, Parker

        If Giuliani is cooperating with Mueller, which I think is likely, it is to keep himself out of federal prison for leaking classified FBI information through James Kallstrom and then bragging about it on Fox News. Remember him saying there was going to be info coming to light that would leave Hillary’s campaign scrambling, then poof, October surprise? Comey reopens the email investigation 11 days before the election. The fix was in.

  • witch

    Muddying up the waters once again

  • Hue-Man

    The Economist
    America sits in 21st place in the ranking, level with Italy. It remains a “flawed democracy” for the second year in a row.
    https://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2018/01/daily-chart-21
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f295ec01a8c104dcc3ed8109593497a60b7c7cad8b831d1ee5aa4aaa7af34f02.gif

    • The_Wretched

      And it’s not just one magazine making the comment.

    • BobSF_94117

      Someone in one of the authoritarian regimes should punish whoever picked the colors for this map.

    • prixator

      It must be a huge coincidence that the most successful countries – in terms of happiness, equality and wealth – are the ones coloured green.

      Or maybe there is something to this “democracy” thing, after all.

  • Butch

    And, while we’re all chasing our tails over this memo, can we remember that once again we’re a week from another government shutdown and there hasn’t been a peep from Congress about a budget?

  • Joe in PA

    So, Sarah Huckabilly…THIS is an example of Trump, fully “cooperating” with the investigation? Good to know.

  • Michael R

    The FBI isn’t a fan of your crimes , it’s not considered political bias or prejudice .

  • Joe in PA
    • JCF

      No shit, Sherlock!

  • Learjet

    He reeks of desperation.

    • boatboy_srq

      He reeks. Desperation is just one stench of many.

  • The_Wretched

    If you only redact the classifed info are you left with just Nunes’s embellishments?

    • Pip

      I was actually wondering the same thing.

  • Tomcat

    Anyone other than me notice how quiet the trump family has become?
    Almost like they have gone into hiding.

    • jimbo65

      Well Jr shot off a tweet attacking Joy Reid for her tweets after the SOTU. Miss Joy as you can imagine took him to the back of the wood shed as only she can.

  • whatever. i just want this to be over. charge the traitor already, and be done with it, and everyone he worked with, who knew what he was doing and how deep Vlad is in it all. honestly, this is worse than Fitzmas. suggestions and ‘bombshells’ and rumors… all leading to no arrests, no indictments. i am getting really impatient with mueller. i really wanted to believe he was an honest enough man to see all this thru. but the evidence isn’t just out there for public view, it’s in the words of the treasonous administration officials themselves, on national TV. just arrest someone already.

    • Ross

      Actually, there have been indictments.

      And I have no doubt that Mueller is hard at work.

  • lymis

    I don’t think a lot of people understand how weird it is not to take the classifying authority’s opinion on whether to release it into account.

    This is especially troubling given the recently discovered information (Rachel covered it last night) that Coats was one of the people who met secretly last month with several of the heads of Russian intelligence. (The information was released openly by the Kremlin, but not given to US media or officials by our own people.)

    Given that the whole situation is about Russian interference in the election, having an intelligence head who met recently with the Russians being the one deciding what gets redacted is problematic at best. The whole thing smells to high heaven.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-intelligence/russian-spy-chief-met-u-s-officials-in-u-s-last-week-sources-idUSKBN1FJ2PF

  • Harveyrabbit
    • Joe in PA

      Too late…his lawyers have lawyers.

      • The_Wretched

        And then his lawyers’s lawyers will need lawyers on down until all we see is a spinning top.

  • boatboy_srq

    Dear Conservatist Law Enforcemrnt Professionals: this is the smaller government you all demanded. Take a good hard look down, and you’ll see the bathtub you’re about to be drowned in.

  • Max_1
    • The_Wretched

      I would dearly love the rest of that information released.

    • Oh, Parker

      He forgot all of the recorded intercepts between his team and the Russians. Just wait until those are played out loud on television. He has already laid the groundwork for claiming those are fake by saying it wasn’t his voice on the Access Hollywood pussy tape.

  • OdieDenCO

    “The White House was not convinced that release would compromise national security..”
    the white house is run by idiots who have no problem releasing classified information to America’s enemies. what they think is irrelevant.

  • Ninja0980

    So FBI folks, still glad you put your thumb on the scale for Trump now?

    • The_Wretched

      Trump burns everyone who works with, for or on behalf of him. It’s about as true a statement as there is.

    • GeneInSJ

      EXACTLY!!! They’re the reason he’s there!

      • The_Wretched

        Well, they are on the short list of 7 things anyway.

  • TrollopeReader

    A trio of Federal Marshals should take up position just outside the Oval Office …remind POTUS that the nation is (unknown to him) founded on laws and 241 years of precedence ….and that they can take him away.

  • R W C

    Meanwhile what is NOT being accomplished? What’s being done unnoticed under the cover of controversy?

  • JWC

    this will be the ultimate black mark on the GOP Nunes and Ryan need never feel proud of themselves Shame gentlemen shame

  • GeneInSJ

    This guy is very dangerous. He’s trying to undermine the FBI and DOJ.

    • The_Wretched

      Yes, sort of bizarre to watch in real time.

    • kanehau

      “One other person is typing…”

    • MBear

      “Trying”?!? LOL

  • kanehau

    So… the entire thing will be blacked out except the word INNOCENT.

    Sarah: Look, the memo clearly shows he is innocent.

  • Joe in PA

    Ok, this is done to deliberately troll everyone here…I admit it. Teeheehee. 🙂

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fa144f5bfe02994cfaba0ba304dba041e5e9763004f99a64c10238d45c725b35.png

  • Uncle Mark

    Of course the shitgibbon is going to release the memo. He’s desperate to discredit the Intelligence Services, and establish a pathway to removing Mueller, since Sessions won’t unrecuse himself to do it.

    The game plan is to:
    1. Release this BS memo before the weekend to let the talking heads blather about it all weekend, to avoid having to talk about its “shocking revelations” for days, while letting the treason-spoxes do all the heavy lifting…claiming “FISA court abuses by Rosenstein.”
    2. Toward mid-week announce that they will be investigating this since there is so much “public outrage” (that they have intentionally manufactured.)
    3. Remove Rosenstein by Friday for “abuses and lack of confidence in the FISA courts.”
    4. Put a replacement in for Rosenstein ASAP, who’s loyal to Trump
    5. Rosenstein’s replacement fires Mueller ‘cuz (insert excuse here)

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    But of course, what better way to feed conspiracy nuts like Alex Jones and the like than to release a document with lots of blacked out sections. Yeah, that will totally calm things down. Further, it will do exactly what Trump/Russians want it to do, create massive doubt.

    • Ross

      Good point.

  • Gene Perry
  • JWC

    Can only say that both the FBI and Justice have cautioned and prepared the public . They have given every opportunity to have the Administration stop this procedure.Like the rotten little kid with the overripe tomato being told not to squeeze it ..WILL .Like the little kid most of the squished tomato will be all over him Just like this will be all over Nunes

  • Friday

    NUnes, who’s been publicly-dirty on this whole affair, still has credibility why, and with whom, again?

    • The_Wretched

      It’s like the news media forgetting that O’keefe’s “Project Veritas[sic]” is just a right wing think tank as opposed to a source of fraud from a convicted felon.

  • sdnative1958

    So from what I gather, the MEMO will be released tomorrow and will be heavily redacted to the point of irrelevancy?

    • Natty Enquirer

      We’ll ███.