All should appreciate the FBI speaking up. I wish more of our leaders would. But take heart: American history shows that, in the long run, weasels and liars never hold the field, so long as good people stand up. Not a lot of schools or streets named for Joe McCarthy.— James Comey (@Comey) February 1, 2018
Former FBI Director James Comey spoke against the White House’s efforts to release a secret Republican memo, alleging bias against the FBI.
The controversial memo was written by the Republican lawmakers and questions several aspects of the inquiry. However, the FBI is against the memo's public release because they say it has “grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”
Comey took a swipe against the “weasels and liars” who wish to publicly release the memo that alleges top officials in the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) of apparently obtaining a spy warrant against a former President Donald Trump campaign adviser.
FBI Director Christopher Wray urged Trump not to release the memo as it can pose a threat to national security due to the sensitive information.
Democrats also expressed concerns over its release. However, just last week, Republicans on the community voted for its release — despite the fact it could cause implications for national security.
According to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the committee’s chairman, made “material changes” to the memo before it went to Trump.
The former FBI director also mentioned the darker days of the misguided communist-hunter Joseph McCarthy’s era. McCarthy led the infamous 1950s probe of suspected communists he believed had infiltrated the U.S. government during the Cold War, without having evidence.
Other FBI officials who weren’t in support of releasing the memo also expressed their concerns.
“We are at a very weird stage of our democracy,” former FBI counterterrorism special agent Ali Soufan told The Daily Beast. “It’s not just about the FBI. It’s about loyalty to the president, or loyalty to the Constitution. We are at a crossroads. We need to fight back. It’s probably the most important fight in modern American history.”
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