Republicans in Congress are demanding the release of a memo created by Rep. Devin Nunes, that they say details extensive allegations of wrongdoing against the FBI and Justice Department. The misdeeds include activities that the agencies, under the Obama administration, used to undermine the candidacy of Donald Trump in 2016.
Democrats say the push to release the memo is an effort to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign. However, Republicans say that the memo will expose the “deep state” tactics used by the government against President Trump, and will expose Mueller’s investigation as a witch hunt.
While members of Congress have seen the four-page memo, which includes classified information, the push is to have the public see it as well.
In a interview with Fox News (video of it is posted below), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) outlined why it is important for the public to see the memo. “Look, what I believe is what my colleagues have said, what I’ve said is the American people need to see this,” he said. “We want the journalists in this great country to see this. Mostly, we want the American people to understand what the FBI did, how wrong it was, and again, we’re not allowed to talk about it. The last point Ed [Henry] made was right on target. The committee could meet today, could meet tomorrow — if the majority of the committee votes to release this — it goes to the White House, the White House could say ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’. My guess is they’re going to say ‘thumbs up’ and then it’s out there and the American people can see what took place at the highest levels of our FBI, at the highest levels of the Justice Department that should not happen in this great nation.”
Jordan could not speak about the classified material in the memo, but hinted that it is connected to information that has already leaked to the public already. “Again, I can’t talk about the specifics, that’s why we’re pushing so hard make it public so we can talk about the specifics. But think about what we knew a long time ago. The Clinton campaign paid for the dossier. Think about those text messages from Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, where they talk about — remember the text messages where they talk about ‘walking through Wal-Mart, I can smell the Trump supporters.’ The anti-Trump bias, the pro-Clinton bias and then think about the text messages that talks about an insurance policy to make sure Donald Trump is not elected by the American people.”
Here is video.