BETWEEN NOON AND 1:00 P.M.?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 2, 2018) — At the end of what has turned into a week of dramatically-unfolding events, commentator Sean Hannity tweeted late Friday morning, “Tick Tock…… next hour” in a likely reference to the “FISA memo” which he reported would be released today.
There has been great controversy over whether or not the four-page, Republican-authored memo should be released to the public, with the FBI reportedly changing its position on the matter Wednesday after finding no “factual inaccuracies” in the document Monday.
On Sunday, FBI Director Christopher Wray reviewed the memo, and on Monday evening, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) voted to make it public. It was provided to the remainder of the House of Representatives and then to the White House on Monday night.
According to Hannity and reporter Sara Carter, the memo is said to contain reports of abuse of the U.S. intelligence community’s surveillance capabilities by means of faulty information having been provided as probable cause to the FISA court, which approves or denies warrant requests under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
The granting of the warrant presumably led to the “Russia” investigation in which allegations of “collusion” between Trump campaign aides and the Kremlin have been pursued by the FBI in its own capacity and later, under Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III.
In a statement responsive to the FBI’s objections voiced on Wednesday, HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes wrote that the objections of the FBI and its parent agency, the U.S. Justice Department, are “spurious” given that the agencies reportedly have “stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year.”
On Thursday morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for Nunes’s removal from his position by Speaker Paul Ryan, which does not appear to be likely given Ryan’s remarks made later that day.
Hannity’s reference to “next hour” could mean between 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. EST since his tweet appeared at approximately 11:30 a.m. EST.
Update: At 11:50 a.m. EST, Fox News’s Catherine Herridge is currently reporting that the “4 page Nunes memo has been declassified.”
“First excerpts of Nunes memo released” appeared on the Fox News screen at 11:56 a.m. Herridge said she “believed” that the memo will be published on the HPSCI website.
At noon, Fox’s Harris Faulkner announced that the outlet has obtained “excerpts” of the HPSCI memo.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.