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FISA Memo Released FBI Assistant Director Resigns

Last night the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) voted to release the FISA memo publicly. The President now has five days to review the memo and if he does not object, the Committee will make the memo public.

In a statement released after the vote, the Committee majority said, “We took this vote due to the extraordinary information we have collected about FISA abuses and the public’s extraordinary right to know this information.”

Andrew McCabeThe release also stressed that Committee’s handling of the memo, including the vote to release it, has completely adhered to all relevant House and Committee rules.

The statement also stressed there is no information in this memo which, if published, would jeopardize our national security, despite arguments to the contrary from the DOJ leaders and others with a vested interest in keeping this information secret.

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which is responsible for overseeing the activities of the Intelligence Community, hopes the publication of the FISA memo will help inform the public about abuses that have occurred at the Obama-era DOJ and FBI, and spur needed reform and accountability at those agencies so that similar abuses will not occur under any administration, Democrat or Republican.

The FBI Director himself read the memo on Sunday night, and HPSCI staffers met with FBI agents on Monday to further discuss its contents.

After the memo was released to the FBI Director, FBI Assistant Director Andrew McCabe abruptly resigned.

However, it may not have been the FISA memo alone that gave McCabe the push out the door.

McCabe has been expected to leave the bureau for weeks, but the abrupt Monday afternoon resignation stunned FBI officials and came just days after his boss, Director Christopher Wray, suggested demoting him over an upcoming inspector general report, sources told The New York Times.

The New York Daily News’ Chris Sommerfeldt and Terence Cullen report the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the paper the IG report looks into actions taken by McCabe and other bureau officials during the campaign, when the FBI was probing both Hillary Clinton and the Trump camp’s ties to Russia.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back against suggestions that President Trump had anything to do with McCabe’s ouster. Asked about how people should view Trump’s frequent Twitter tirades against McCabe, Sanders suggested the President is doing the public a favor.

“He’s making sure everybody gets the Russia fever out of their system once and for all, that you are all reminded once again that there was no collusion,” Sanders told reporters, “and that we can move forward to focus on things like national security.”

The New York Times reported that McCabe's sudden decision to step down came after he told friends he felt pressure to do so from Wray.

The Times, citing one official close to McCabe, said the deputy director's decision to leave before his anticipated retirement in March came after Wray discussed the looming inspector general report and suggested demoting McCabe from the number two post at the bureau.

In a message to FBI employees, Wray said McCabe would be retiring on March 18 and denied the move stemmed from political pressure. “I will not be swayed by political or other pressure in my decision-making,” Wray wrote.

The Nunes memo is the first official document to summarize the evidence backing up the explosive charges against now-former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein along with former FBI Director James Comey. The public has a right to see that evidence, and Congress has a duty to expose and refer for prosecution all of those involved – especially those who are still serving in government.

We urge you to join the social media campaign to release the memo on Obama’s abuses of FISA, or the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, to the public by tweeting #ReleaseTheMemo, posting this article on Facebook or other social media and calling your Representative (The Toll-Free Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044) to tell your Member of Congress you want the Nunes memo released to the public immediately.

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McCabe should spend his "retirement" years in a Federal prison along with most of the Obama regime. That would be JUSTICE.

Representative Republic

US citizens have the right to see a document indicating that your inalienable rights have been infringed upon and our privacy and choice because of a political weaponization of our own law enforcement agency folded to a political party and allowed us to suffer a intrusion into our legal rights...This is another instance in the reign of the same admin that this has happened, Barry Sotero needs to now produce his birth certificate, his own credentials and his own college records...WHO IS BARRY SOTERO and how was he elected to the WH??...his admin runs the gamut of breaking and obstructing law would you not agree this man needs to be sunlighted and put a end to the farce of his administration?