Update: perhaps in response to rising fears that Trump is about to unleash a nuclear war between Republicans and the Deep state, here is what Paul Ryan just said:
- U.S. HOUSE SPEAKER RYAN SAYS REPUBLICAN-DRAFTED MEMO ON FBI SURVEILLANCE IS NOT AN INDICTMENT OF THE FBI OR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT: RTRS
- RYAN SAYS MEMO IS LEGITIMATE EFFORT TO MAKE SURE FBI SURVEILLANCE IS CONDUCTED CORRECTLY
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With the nation's attention transfixed on the fate of the "bombshell" 4-page FISA memo, and when (and if) it will be released to the public, moments ago Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC), unveiled another big hint about not only the contents of the memo, but why the FBI is fighting valiantly to prevents its release, to wit:
"Having read “The Memo,” the FBI is right to have “grave concerns” - as it will shake the organization down to its core - showing Americans just how the agency was weaponized by the Obama officials/DNC/HRC to target political adversaries."
Having read “The Memo,” the FBI is right to have “grave concerns” - as it will shake the organization down to its core - showing Americans just how the agency was weaponized by the Obama officials/DNC/HRC to target political adversaries. #ReleaseTheMemo— Rep. Jeff Duncan (@RepJeffDuncan) February 1, 2018
And, appropriately enough, moments later CNN reported that "according to multiple sources", White House aides are worried FBI Director Christopher Wray could quit if the highly controversial Republican memo alleging the FBI abused its surveillance tools is released.
Wray has made clear he is frustrated that President Donald Trump picked him to lead the FBI after he fired FBI Director James Comey in May, yet his advice on the Nunes memo is being disregarded and cast as part of the purported partisan leadership of the FBI, according to a senior law enforcement official.
Wray's stance is "raising hell," one source familiar with the matter said.
The potential release of the memo penned by House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes has set up a standoff with Trump against both the FBI and Department of Justice. Although the President has signaled that he is inclined to release the memo, as part of an effort to undercut the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, senior officials inside the White House are trying to come up with a solution that satisfies both the President and law enforcement officials like Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
CNN caveats that Wray "has not directly threatened to resign after clashing with Trump over the possible release of the memo, the source added, because that is not his style of dealing with conflict" which likely means that the CNN report is just another trial balloon attempt to escalate the situation, and prevent Trump from greenlighting the memo's release, although considering earlier reports from the White House that Trump will approve the memo, it is unclear how he can reverse now; if he does, Wray may now have no choice but to resign once the memo is made public.
In any case, should the FISA memo go public, Trump's standoff with the deep state is about to go nuclear.