White House aides recognize there could be a high cost to President Trump’s decision to allow — with no redactions — release of that classified memo about the Russian investigation.
The White House plans to dress up the decision by arguing that it’s an action of “transparency.” But this puts President Trump publicly crossways with both the intelligence community and the FBI — not a place you want to be.
And then there’s the lead-balloon factor: Axios scooped yesterday that many in the White House think the memo will be a dud — hardly delivering on the expectations that Fox’s Sean Hannity and others on the right have whipped up with the online #ReleaseTheMemo frenzy.
Breaking: Trump authorizes release of controversial Republican #FISAMemo
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) February 2, 2018
Nunes memo release now imminent after Trump authorized approval
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 2, 2018