I know how the eyes of most Americans glaze over when they hear about “FISA memos.”
It’s understandable. Washington-speak has what we once called in American newsrooms a “high MEGO factor.” MEGO was an acronym for “my eyes glaze over.”
But I’m going to tell you why there’s one FISA memo you need to see with your own eyes. Have I seen it? No. But I know it’s red hot because Democrats in the House are unanimous in their opposition to releasing it to the public.
This four-page memo is said by Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee to be “explosive,” “shocking,” “troubling” and “alarming.”
Before we go any further, let me say that FISA stands for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. It has been abused for political purposes in the past. And the suggestion is that this memo is smoking-gun proof that it was abused for political purposes by Barack Obama and former FBI Director James Comey.
There are strong suggestions from my sources that this memo would turn Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether President Trump or his team colluded with Russia into a laughingstock – if it isn’t already for a significant portion of the American public.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., says the memo should be made public and that “the consequence of its release will be major changes in people currently working at the FBI and the Department of Justice.” Others expressed similar sentiments.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, says, “It is so alarming the American people have to see this.”
Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., compared what he saw in the memo to what he would expect from the Soviet KGB.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said, “Part of me wishes that I didn’t read it because I don’t want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much.”
Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., tweeted: “Releasing this classified info doesn’t compromise good sources & methods. It reveals the feds’ reliance on bad sources & methods.”
Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., tweeted that memo “raises serious questions about the upper echelon of the Obama DOJ and Comey FBI as it relates to the so-called collusion investigation” and that “the select committee should, pursuant to House rules, vote to make the report publicly available as soon as possible” because it “is a matter of national significance and the American people deserve the truth.”
With all this disclosure, we’re sure to get more. So, why not just release it? Republicans are in the majority in the House. House Speaker Paul Ryan can get this done. But he has not.
In any interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Rep, Gaetz went further. In answer to a question about whether Mueller “should disband” his probe, he responded: “Absolutely. This was a lie – built on corruption – built on a sham. The entire investigation is a fiction – is a fallacy. And when the American people see how this began – when the American people see how different people interacted with one another – how organizations were infected and infiltrated and subjected to tremendous bias of individuals – and how that really played out, I think that every American will understand how absolutely ludicrous it is that we continue to allow the Mueller probe to go forward.” He added, “It needs to end because the entire basis is a lie.”
Do you understand why every Democrat in the House opposes releasing the memo publicly?
Doesn’t the public have a “right to know”?
But it gets even worse, according to Gaetz. He says the public release of the memo would not “just end with firings,” adding, “I believe there are people who will go to jail.”
Excuse me, but this sounds way bigger than Watergate.
Release the memo!
See “Hannity” segment on FISA memo: