Capitol Hill conservatives are pressuring the Republican leadership to approve releasing a memorandum produced by The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on how President Barack Obama’s administration used the national security apparatus to surveil the campaign of Donald J. Trump to the American people.
The Intelligence Committee approved a motion Thursday proposed by Rep. Peter T. King (R.-N.Y.) that made the four-page memorandum and the relevant source material.
The memo chronicles how the Obama administration watched the Trump campaign and sought to use that collection to manipulate the election process, including how the administration and associated people participated in the construction and distribution of the opposition research file on Trump paid for by the campaign of the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary R. Clinton–a file known as “The Dossier.”
Throughout the day, House Republicans, like the Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus Rep. Mark Meadows (R.-N.C.) took to the House floor to describe what they could about the classified memo and express their desire for the memo to be made public.
“I am here to tell all of America tonight that I am shocked to read exactly what has taken place,” Meadows said from the House well.
“I would think it would never happen in a country that loves freedom and democracy,” he said.
Meadows said the House Intelligence Committee and its chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R.-Calif.) have done an outstanding job resolving the confusion around the charge that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government in the 2016 election cycle.
The dossier is a narrative of this collusion and the dossier was used by Democratic operatives, members of the media supporting the Clinton candidacy and the Obama national security team to taint President Donald J. Trump as an agent of the Russian government and justify its intelligence collection operation on the Trump camp.
Obama administration officials used the ruse of tracking foreigners in the United States under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court process for permission to monitor the movements and communications of the Trump camp, after asserting that the Trump team was in a collusionary relationship with agents of a foreign power.
“It is time we become transparent in all of this and I am calling on our leadership to make this available, so that all Americans can judge for themselves,” Meadows said.
I viewed the classified report from House Intel relating to the FBI, FISA abuses, the infamous Russian dossier, and so-called "Russian collusion." What I saw is absolutely shocking.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) January 19, 2018
On Twitter, the hashtag: #ReleaseTheMemo has been a leading domestic and international trend and many Capitol Hill conservatives have Tweeted their own support for the memo’s release.
I have read the memo. The sickening reality has set in. I no longer hold out hope there is an innocent explanation for the information the public has seen. I have long said it is worse than Watergate. It was #neverTrump & #alwaysHillary. #releasethememo
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 19, 2018
While the report is classified as Top Secret, I believe the select committee should, pursuant to House rules, vote to make the report publicly available as soon as possible. This is a matter of national significance and the American people deserve the truth.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 18, 2018
President Trump Rules Out Deploying Troops to Restore Order, Even as Riots Show No Signs of Slowing Down
Trump has opted to not show strength in the face of this crisis.
Just one day after President Donald Trump said he was willing to send military forces into states across the country to put down riots, he is reportedly backing off of the idea.
According to administration officials, Trump is happy with the result of yesterday’s enforcement measures during the riots – which included law enforcement officials being shot and police getting hit by SUVs. He will not be using the Insurrection Act to put troops on the streets to restore order anytime soon.
“The law is absolutely still on the table if things get really bad, but as of now he doesn’t think it’s going to have to go that far,” an administration official said to Axios.
“As President Trump has said, we cannot allow the voices of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by angry mobs, which is why the President will continue to take lawful, decisive action to stop the violence and restore the security of all Americans,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.
Trump made the pivot after RINO Republicans whined about his harsh rhetoric as the country burns due to extreme left-wing riots.
“I don’t think the Pentagon’s keen on getting brought into this unless they absolutely have to. We need to restore order, but using active duty military troops in circumstances like this is a fairly rare occurrence,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Tuesday.
“I would prefer that these things be handled by the state and local authorities,” Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said. “You want to de-escalate, rather than escalate.”
Yesterday, Trump declared that he would show zero tolerance for any more rioting and looting in the streets:
President Donald Trump announced tonight that he will deploy military force in cities that are gripped by riots if blue-state governors do not get their acts in order and do so soon.
“My first and highest duty as president is to defend our great country and the American people,” Trump said in his speech. “I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation and that is exactly what I will do.”
Trump made it clear that he is an “ally of all peaceful protesters” who are protesting about injustices committed against George Floyd, who died during a police encounter with former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. However, Trump will not allow the rioters to disgrace Floyd’s memory with their looting and wanton property destruction.
Trump announced that he would deploy “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers” in order to restore order in American cities. These forces could be deployed as soon as tonight considering how blue-state governors have done so poorly at keeping their states safe.
Earlier in the day, Trump had criticized governors throughout the country for their “weak” response to the growing violence.
President Trump has backed off at least temporarily from his boasts, showing yet again that his bark is much worse than his bite.
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