UPDATE: Just now, the House Intelligence Committee voted to #Releasethememo. At the same time, the Committee voted to not release the Minority Memo.
Representative Schiff seen in hallway crying his eyes out.
The House Intelligence Committee has called for a business meeting at 5 PM EST, where a vote is expected to take place authorizing the release of the memorandum detailing widespread abuse of power by the FBI and quite possibly the DOJ and other agencies.
However, Chairman Devin Nunes says memo vote not 100% certain at the moment.
Should the committee vote on releasing the memo, it would likely pass given the current makeup of the panel. Republicans hold the majority of seats on the panel.
Republican members of the House have been calling for the release of the classified memo since it was made available to lawmakers and, we can assume, their staff members.
Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the committee, told CNN’s Ana Cabrera that Americans were too ignorant of the underlying materials and wouldn’t understand that the memo was just the House Republicans making “common cause once again with Russian bots.”
Schiff told Cabrera, “It’s in a redux of the campaign. We have Assange and WikiLeaks and Russian trolls and bots saying, you know, hash tag whatever the GOP narrative is. That ought to tell you a lot about what’s driving this. And that is…”
Cabrera stopped him and quickly posed a question, “Why not allow people to look at it and let Americans make the decision for themselves about whether it’s useful information or not?”
Schiff answered, “Well, because the American people, unfortunately, don’t have the underlying materials and therefore they can’t see how distorted and misleading this document is. The Republicans are not saying make the underlying materials available to the public. They just want to make this spin available to the public.”
Update: Democrats Now Want to Release the Memo
The Democrats on the committee are now pushing to release the memo. With their assistance, the memo is virtually certain to be released today.
Colleague Catherine Herridge rpts Dems may push to publicize FISA memo. If cmte votes yes to publicize, there is a 5-day waiting period for Trump to weigh in. If Trump says memo can be published, it’s good to go.