There were a lot of “ums” and “uhs” from White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders this morning, as she attempted to begin damage control for Trump and the GOP as their controversial and classified GOP “Nunes” memo was essentially debunked today by FBI Director Christopher Wray.
President Trump claimed last night that he would “100 percent” authorize the public release of the secret memo of alleged surveillance abuses at the FBI and Department of Justice, but now they are seriously reconsidering releasing it.
“There are no current plans to release the House Intelligence Committee’s memo,” Sarah Sanders said on CNN this morning, also noting that Trump had not “seen or been briefed” on the memo’s contents before he said he would release it last night. Textbook damage control. You can see her comments in the footage below;
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says the White House will still "complete the legal and national security review" before potentially releasing the Nunes memo https://t.co/76YNd8VXfr https://t.co/SMs9DEFD5a
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 31, 2018
Keep in mind too, that this memo was the GOP and Trump’s key to arguing that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation was essentially illegally started. With this memo exposed, they have no chance at ending the probe.
FBI Director Christopher Wray informed the White House and Trump that he opposes the release of the controversial and classified GOP “Nunes” memo.
Director Wray opposes the memo because it contains inaccurate information and paints a false narrative, according to a person familiar with the matter. So in other words, Wray is saying that everything the GOP has been saying about this memo is fake news.
The Nunes memo has been highly politicized and right after his State of the Union address, Trump even talked about it with Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and said that he himself wants the memo released.
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 31, 2018