White House: “We don’t have to approve it. They have the right to de-classify the document”

The House FISA memo is on track to be released by the House Intelligence Committee sometime in the near future. In the meantime, there are those that want it released and there are those who want the President to quash it. In this case, the President has no Constitutional authority to say one way or the other. He does have the influence of his position and he has the Bully Pulpit. He will have to wait like the rest of us for the process in the House to work itself out. As a spoiler alert, this is a House generated memo, and the origins of the information are still unclear. Will it actually be the bombshell advertised?

As Written and Reported By Saagar Enjeti for the Daily Caller:

The White House does not have to approve the release of a currently classified memo assembled within the House of representatives which purports to display extensive abuse of FISA authority within the FBI, deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told WMAL Wednesday morning.

“We don’t have to approve it. They have the right to de-classify the document,” Gidley told Daily Caller editorial director Vince Coglianese and WMAL host, citing “legal minds” consulted by the executive branch.

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes assembled the memo with fellow committee members and staff based on classified information turned over by the FBI and the DOJ. The document allegedly contains proof that the Obama administration abused its authority to obtain surveillance warrants on members of the 2016 Trump campaign.

Congressman Steve King said the contents of the memo show a scandal “worse than Watergate.” House rules allow the intelligence committee to take a vote to declassify information in the public interest. The president can object to the release of information but does not have to approve it.


White House Approve Memo | The Daily Caller


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