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Rep. Himes: Unlike GOP, Dems Won't Release Memo

(CNN's "New Day")

By    |   Monday, 12 February 2018 03:28 PM

Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., said Monday on CNN's "New Day" that Democrats won't release their memo due to national security concerns, noting that Republicans decided to release their memo "over the objections of the Department of Justice and FBI."

After host Chris Cuomo pointed out "an apparent double standard" in the memos, one written by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and one by Democrats on the committee.

"This is very simply the White House saying over the objections of the Department of Justice and FBI, we'll release the Nunes memo. When the counterfactual rebuttal to the Nunes memo comes out and the FBI and the Department of Justice, well, now those concerns are to be taken seriously. This is a charade, Chris, to keep information that would show the Nunes memo for what it is, which was conjecture and ill-founded allegations, they are determined to keep that from the public," Himes said.

"Is there fair criticism that there is stuff in your memo that may need to be redacted and it is a different use of classified information than the Nunes memo?" Cuomo then asked.

"I don't think so. The initial outing of the FISA application, which is a big deal, the government has never done that before. It happened with the Nunes memo. So now the American public knows there was a FISA application made on Carter Page, that's a big deal. Now to say it points to other elements to refute, rebut the contention that, for example, the Steele information, the Steele dossier information was critical to it," Himes said.

"But no, the big deal is making that FISA application public to begin with. It is all a big deal. The point is that the White House didn't care one iota for what the Department of Justice or the FBI thought the first time around. But now that there is a rebuttal, now they have to take classification seriously."

"Well, I think unlike the Nunes memo, which was political, designed in an in artful way against the president's argument that the whole Russia thing is a hoax, as he puts it, we're being careful here," Himes continued.

"We don't want to — we're uncomfortable with the establishment of a precedent where this happened with the Nunes information, for political reasons, it gets out there. We don't want to do that. We want to say, hey, we're not gonna be political, we want the rebuttal to be out there, we do want to listen to the FBI — something the president did not afford."

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Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., said Monday on CNN's "New Day" that Democrats won't release their memo due to national security concerns, noting that Republicans decided to release their memo "over the objections of the Department of Justice and FBI."
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