Reports of the FBI’s abuse of power have been circulating in the headlines and now it seems there are revealing details, naming top officials of the bureau, in the FISA abuse memo.
According to a report from the Daily Beast, FBI Director James Comey, bureau Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are officially named in the shocking document.
The Daily Beast reports: A controversial Republican memo alleging surveillance abuse specifically names FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein along with former FBI Director James Comey.
Capitol Hill sources on both sides of the aisle say the memo’s release is only a matter of time. And when it comes out, these current and former officials — all GOP bêtes noires — are likely to face even more criticism from the right over their involvement in FBI counterintelligence work.
Republicans, including Trump himself, have spent months attacking McCabe and Comey while special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Team Trump’s connections to the Kremlin. Rosenstein put that probe in place—a move Trump has derided as a witch hunt. […]
Rep. Chris Collins, a New York Republican, told The Daily Beast that Nunes has told Republicans his staff spent months putting the memo together.
The publication’s report comes in the middle of the Justice Department’s request from Devin Nunes (R-CA), who is the House Intelligence Chairman, to permit the FBI to review the memo before it is released to make sure there will be no threat national security.
At face value, the DOJ’s actions are logical, however it makes one question what FBI officials will do once the memo is in their possession? It is, after all, a memo that makes the bureau very bad.
On Friday, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) appeared on CNN stating the focus of the “shocking” FISA abuse memo circles around the idea of whether or not the Obama Administration’s FBI and DOJ falsified information to the FISA court in order to obtain surveillance warrants.
Even Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has hinted the U.S. government may have committed fraud by presenting such falsified information.
“You’re aware as a Judge of the way evidence has to be authenticated and presented to a court to get a warrant,” the Florida Republican said to Judge Jeanine Pirro.
“Of course, and prosecutors and investigators cannot perpetrate frauds on the court by presenting false information or information they know to be false,” Rep. Gaetz continued.