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Memo Release Increases GOP Support for Trump

Memo Release Increases GOP Support for Trump
U.S. President Donald Trump listens while participating in a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) roundtable discussion after touring the CBP National Targeting Center February 2, 2018 in Sterling, Virginia. (Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

By Monday, 05 February 2018 10:31 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The release of what hysterical Democrats and left-leaning media call the “Republican memo” was made public on Friday. It clearly indicates grave misconduct among top FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) individuals.

The contents of the memo may change the course of an unending investigation into supposed Russian collusion by President Donald Trump, his administration, and 2016 campaign staff. The now public information may be the starter for a firestorm of controversy.

Democrats, who had been steady advocates of past document releases and scrutinizing investigations, have suddenly changed their tune. They now fear the next shoe to drop will be the president asking for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s resignation or firing and the end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

That is the centerpiece of efforts to discredit and possibly remove Trump from office by the “resistance” movement in the Democratic Party. They continue to contend, despite the contents of the memo, there was indeed collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign, as well as the possibility of obstruction of justice.

A revitalized Republican Party, fresh off Trump’s triumphant State of the Union Address, are clearly supportive of the president. They insist the memo has provided solid evidence of political bias against him.

Trump had no qualms about approving the release of the notorious memo. He overruled dire warnings from the FBI and DOJ to allow congressional Republicans to release it. The contents of the document solidified their inward fears.

The president’s old nemesis Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) aid in a statement released Friday, Trump and his allies were “looking at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan sideshows.” It has become more difficult by the day to determine if McCain realizes which party is the affiliation after his title.

Meanwhile, both the FBI and the DOJ, still mostly controlled by Obama appointees, urged the White House to block publication of the memo. The word “reckless” appeared as the standard operative adjective.

The question is where does this all go from here? All eyes are on Trump. When interviewed after the memo’s release he said, “It's terrible. You want to know the truth? I think it's a disgrace.” Those remarks were soon followed by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who suggested more revelations will be forthcoming.

Interviewed after the memo’s release by Bret Baier of Fox News, Nunes was quick to note a malfeasance on the part of the State Department would be the focus of further investigation. The Democrat’s threaten to release a “countermemo” in the coming days. What that would consist of remains a mystery.

Nevertheless, the memo has created growing suspicions of federal agencies out-of-control with their assigned powers. It is not the rank and file that are targeted here, but rather a select elite at the top of the chain of command. The House Intelligence Committee was merely doing the job they are assigned; watchdog for America’s security.

Will Trump fire the center of the controversy, Deputy FBI Director Rod Rosenstein? The president responded to that question by saying, “You figure that one out.” White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah denied on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" Friday that there are plans to oust Rosenstein.

But it would appear that is the logical next step. Rosenstein is the anchor in the Mueller probe. His power allows him to limit the scope of the special counsel’s inquiries and place other restrictions. The memo suggests that would be the last thing he would do.

Why does Rosenstein have such vast powers? It is directly because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any role pertaining to the Russia probe 11 months ago. It had been disclosed he had undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during Trump’s campaign. Since that time, that portion of the investigation has been cast aside as irrelevant.

Then there is speculation that FBI Director Christopher Wray would resign in protest at the decision to release the memo on Friday. That was quickly receded when it drew speculation he had something to hide. He urged his staff to “keep calm and tackle hard.” Whatever that statement means is anyone’s guess.

The political atmosphere is Washington is reaching fever pitch. Both sides of the aisle are contentious as the time grows near to see who will be most affected by the memo’s revelations.

Republican comment was typical. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), said in a statement Friday that the memo amounted to “convincing evidence of treason” on the part of the FBI. On the other hand, former Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), tweeted that “congressional Republicans are quite clearly complicit in this White House’s efforts to undermine and obstruct justice. Lock every single one of these bastards up.”

The former powerhouse in congress appears a bitter man. He is not alone in the Democratic Party or the mainstream media. The memo is not good public relations for Democrats as a whole, the nation’s upper echelon of law agencies, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the DNC, or the former Obama administration.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is the most camera-ready member of the House Intelligence Committee. He called the decision to release the Nunes memo “shameful” in a Friday statement in which he also pushed back against several specific accusations. An interesting observation from a man convinced that Trump is in bed with Russian President Vladimir Putin after 11-months to prove it without success.

Schiff contends, "The Russia investigation did not begin with, or arise from Christopher Steele or the dossier, and … the investigation would persist on the basis of wholly independent evidence had Christopher Steele never entered the picture,” Schiff asserted. All very interesting considering the memo refutes that line of thought completely. Apparently Mr. Schiff thinks the American people cannot read.

Meanwhile, President Trump need not direct the aftermath of the memo. Based upon his newly found popularity with his fellow Republicans and rising numbers in national polls, others can handle the load. He alone does not have to move directly against Mueller or Rosenstein. Pro-Trump voices can argue his case.

It may be imperative for the president to remain presidential. Many within the Republican Party fear overreach in this situation. But it is almost a certainty there will be a movement to oust Rosenstein. The rogue element of his actions makes him vulnerable.

President Trump cannot rely on the left-leaning media to make his case. And far be it for a political party to do so. It will be the American people who make the final judgment call in this heated situation.

Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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The release of what hysterical Democrats and left-leaning media call the “Republican memo” was made public on Friday. It clearly indicates grave misconduct among top FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) individuals.
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Monday, 05 February 2018 10:31 AM
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