A startling report published this week revealed that the mysterious memo which some congressional Republicans claim contains proof that the Obama administration spied on the election campaign of President Donald Trump specifically lists the names of three top-level current and former FBI officials.
According to The Daily Beast, the memo “names FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein along with former FBI Director James Comey.”
What’s particularly noteworthy about this is that McCabe, Rosenstein and Comey have all previously been accused of wrongdoing and/or anti-Trump animus.
After the president dismissed Comey last May over his mishandling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server, Comey released a batch of “private memos” he had written while still at the FBI to the media.
The memos detailed the contents of his personal conversations with the president and also reportedly contained classified information as well.
Ever since this feud broke last spring, Comey has made it very clear publicly that he dislikes the president. Just last month he took the following shot at the president after Trump’s former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, admitted to having lied to the FBI, as reported then by The Daily Wire.
To be fair, the president has been equally critical of Comey, though some would argue deservedly so. He’s likewise been vocal about his dislike of McCabe, who oversaw the investigation into Clinton despite his disturbing ties to the former secretary of state.
A political action committee formed by former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat with close ties to the Clinton family, donated significant money to the 2015 state Senate campaign of McCabe’s wife, Dr. Jill McCabe, as reported by the Conservative Tribune.
McCabe later helped oversee the investigation into Clinton — a fact Trump rather dislikes:
Regarding Rosenstein, last month Rep. Devin Nunes, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, announced that he could hold both him and FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt for withholding crucial information regarding special counsel Robert Mueller’s decision over the summer to reassign two individuals.
Those individuals, investigator Peter Strzok and attorney Lisa Page, were reassigned elsewhere after Mueller learned that they had during the 2016 election exchanged anti-Trump and pro-Clinton text messages.
“By hiding from Congress, and from the American people, documented political bias by a key FBI head investigator for both the Russia collusion probe and the Clinton email investigation, the FBI and DOJ engaged in a willful attempt to thwart Congress’ constitutional oversight responsibility,” Nunes said in a statement.
Dovetailing back to The Daily Beast’s astonishing revelation, it seems both odd and perhaps telling that this mysterious memo — whose release every single anti-Trump Democrat has fervently been trying to prevent — lists McCabe, Rosenstein and Comey by name.
What does this mean? We don’t know and won’t know until the memo is finally released. Speaking of which, #ReleaseTheMemo!
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