FBI Director Ready With "Rebuttal" If Memo Released: Report

It is clear that whatever is in 'the memo' will reflect poorly on The FBI (past, and perhaps present).

FBI Director Christopher Wray was allegedly "shocked to his core" after viewing the four-page FISA memo Sunday night - hours before asking Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe to step down, according to journalist Sara Carter.

That is likely why Wray opposed the release of the memo:

"With regard to the House Intelligence Committee’s memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it. As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy," the FBI said in a statement.

But now, according to CBS News senior national security analyst Fran Townsend, FBI director Christopher Wray is prepared to issue a rebuttal if the White House releases Rep. Devin Nunes's classified memo alleging inappropriate surveillance of the Trump campaign by the FBI and Justice Department.

Townsend, who served as homeland security adviser to President George W. Bush, told "CBS This Morning" she believes the FBI is worried about both the accuracy of the memo's contents and what it may reveal about their sources and methods.  

"I think we have to remember the Nunes memo is an advocacy piece. It's not a fact piece. This is Chairman Nunes' summary of what he believes the abuses are. For that reason, it's one-sided," Townsend said.  

Townsend, who spent 13 years at the Justice Department, said it's simply "not possible" for one partisan actor to push through a FISA warrant or to obtain one based on a single piece of evidence.

"There's multiple internal reviews in the FBI, there's a legal review at the Justice Department, it goes to the attorney general, or in this case, the deputy who reviews it and then it goes to an independent federal judge who looks at it. No FISA warrant relies on a single piece of evidence. So if the allegation from Chairman Nunes is that they relied solely on the Steele dossier, that's not possible. It never happens," she said.

Of course, given the allegedly terrible picture the memo paints of The FBI, it is perhaps not entirely surprising that Wary would oppose its release and rebutt its accusations.


espirit AllTimeWhys Thu, 02/01/2018 - 14:16 Permalink

Everybody getting their panties in a wad over the word 'rebuttal'.

Who actually said Wray was writing a rebuttal to the intel committee memo?

Perhaps Wray knows the Bureau is going to get it's dick stepped on, and has been asked to prepare a recommendation to save it's face...

I'm not endorsing either/or, but apply a little critical thinking skillz here, so downvote if you must...

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Oldwood IH8OBAMA Thu, 02/01/2018 - 14:29 Permalink

They cannot allow the truth to be known, and most assuredly not conceed to it. They understand how destructive this will be to everything about "Big Government". The unaccountable power that allows them to police themselves and NEVER get too specific or punative in their condemnations. Every person serving in government, regardless of if they support or are part of the most aggregious corruptions, are still believers in the powers that be and will fight to preserve even the most corrupt....to save the whole.

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joeyman9 CheapBastard Thu, 02/01/2018 - 14:28 Permalink

This is the same FBI that recently shot and killed Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, and of course gave us the WACO, and Ruby Ridge and of course is involved in the covering of the truth in the Las Vegas Shooting.  Not to be trusted and needs a house cleaning at the top.  BTW, the FBI is unauthorized by the Constitution and it is in conflict with the original Federalism supported by the Founders, a Federalism that put law enforcement within the States and not the National Govt.  

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Bring the Gold joeyman9 Thu, 02/01/2018 - 16:00 Permalink

And wiretapped MLK and did cointel pro and hay market square. They bash anyone not part of the oligarchy. I sure wish people could see beyond partisan bullshit to the fact we have a Oligarchy/aristocracy they brutally repressed ANYONE not in the club. Cherry picking times that the Right Wing was beaten down and ignoring the even lengthier beat down of the left is foolish. We continue to fall for divide and conquer. 

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LightBeamCowboy Bring the Gold Thu, 02/01/2018 - 16:28 Permalink

You are correct about the FBI being used as a political weapon against everyone right or left not a member or a tool of the oligarchy. But remember that most of the top names in this corruption have had relationships with both the Clintons and the Bushes going back decades, long before Trump became a threat to their game. And remember that when this kind of long-term bipartisan loyalty is required of the players for participating in crimes of this magnitude (some of them capital crimes) the motivator is MONEY, not political ideology. We can assume that these players have been handsomely rewarded with fat payoffs.

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Beam Me Up Scotty The_Juggernaut Thu, 02/01/2018 - 13:55 Permalink

" "There's multiple internal reviews in the FBI, there's a legal review at the Justice Department, it goes to the attorney general, or in this case, the deputy who reviews it and then it goes to an independent federal judge who looks at it. No FISA warrant relies on a single piece of evidence "

So then let's see what the other evidence is.  And also, lets see the txts and emails of all of those people who were also involved in the FISA warrant.  Are they all politically motivated too?  Oh you won't show us SHEEP all of that info?  Why not?  Like a pedophile says to the child he just molested-----SHHHHH, Don't tell anyone about this, its our little "secret".

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two hoots Jim in MN Thu, 02/01/2018 - 14:31 Permalink

Mr. Wray,

Might I suggest, instead of a rebuttal, you prepare an announcement of internal reviews, standards of conduct for all FBI employees, re-aligning the FBI mission on constitutional grounds, prosecuting those employees that violated laws and rebuilding trust with the people, the government and foreign nations that depend upon the fidelity, bravery, integrity of "our" agency.  Someone will have to do it so it might as well be you, put on your big boy pants.

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