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The Morning Briefing: Rosenstein Wanted Trump to Help Him 'Fight' Congressional Oversight and Much, Much More

Good Thursday morning.

Here is what's on the President's schedule today:

  • The President will depart for Lewisburg, WV
  • President Trump delivers remarks to the 2018 House and Senate Republican Member Conference
  • The President returns to Lewisburg WV
  • President Trump attends the winter meeting of the RNC at the Trump Hotel

MEDIA ANTI-MEMO BLITZ

Things are heating up (!panic!) as the clock nears the hour when the House Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) memo will be released. Rumors are the memo could come out as early as (today) Thursday. Let's talk about media blitz to discredit and distract from the memo before it is released.

First up, the government agency implicated in the memo is resisting its release. The FBI has "grave concerns" about the accuracy of the memo. The stories detailing the FBI's objection to disclosing the memo don't like to mention that the FBI is implicated in the memo which would suggest that the FBI has an interest other than accuracy for keeping the memo secret.

"As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about the material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,’’ the FBI said in a statement.

Late yesterday, leaker Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that Rep. Nunes, chairman of the HPSCI, altered the memo that was sent to the White House for review. The activists at the Washington Post tell us the story:

The House Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat accused the panel’s chairman of making “material changes” to a GOP-drafted memo alleging surveillance abuses before sending it to the White House to approve its public release, a move he charges should prevent President Trump from releasing it.

Ranking Democratic member Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) sent a letter late Wednesday to chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), accusing him of “deliberately misleading” the committee, demanding he withdraw the version he sent to the White House because “there is no longer a valid basis for the White House to review the altered documents” and approve their public release.

The majority on the committee responded:

A spokesman for the committee’s Republican majority said the changes to the memo were “minor edits,” such as grammatical changes, “and two edits requested by the FBI and by the minority themselves.”

The spokesman defended the memo’s release as “procedurally sound,” adding “to suggest otherwise is a bizarre distraction from the abuses detailed in the memo.”

Once the memo is released, Schiff can tell us all the "material" that was omitted. It's time to release all the memos and the material the memos are based on.