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Andrew McCarthy: FBI, DOJ Could Add Context to Memo

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By    |   Friday, 02 February 2018 10:23 AM

The FBI and Justice Department have a right to be concerned about a controversial GOP memo alleging abuses while surveilling a member of President Donald Trump's campaign team, but they also could fill in the memo with context on anything they feel is misleading, National Review contributing editor Andrew McCarthy said Friday.

"I think one of the misconceptions about the process that we've had, which has been fed by a lot of people in Washington, is that they did not have a chance to weigh in on the memo," McCarthy told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.

The memo, compiled by Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee, is made of materials the Justice Department and the FBI had in their possession, he added.

"There was always going to be a five-day period of when President Trump got to make a decision about whether to object or not to the memo becoming public," said McCarthy. "So, they were always going to have a chance to weight in."

Also, McCarthy said since the FBI and Justice Department own the classified information, "there is no reason why they can't add whatever context they say is necessary to understand what gets disclosed."

Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has come under fire over the memo, but McCarthy said such attacks are a case used often by defense lawyers in a trial.

"You can't fight the case, you can't fight the evidence, [so] what you try to do is pick a person and ruin him and try to make that person the embodiment of the evidence in the case," said McCarthy. "It rarely works, but it doesn't mean they don't try."

He said he also thinks Nunes doesn't understand "the way the game works" in Washington.

"What he should have done is leaked this to the media," said McCarthy. "Then he could have cherry picked the version of events he wanted out there. That's the way it's done in Washington. Instead, he played by the rules, so he is getting fried."

McCarthy also said he does believe FBI Director Christopher Wray is defending his agency by voicing doubts over releasing the memo. However, he added, change needs to happen and the director should be part of that.

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