The Republican Party has come to President Donald Trump's rescue just when the noose started to tighten around his administration, in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Trump's allies in Congress have voted to release a classified memo that slams the FBI and the Justice Department and specifically names officials like former-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein along with former FBI Director James Comey.
Republicans say the memo shows how the FBI eavesdrops on suspects in national security probes, which, they claim, will prove anti-Trump bias in the Russia investigation.
However, critics say its release would not only damage public confidence in the impartiality of the FBI and Mueller’s probe but also reveal some of the most sensitive state secrets — and the GOP is, apparently, willing to do just that.
All to save Trump from possible prosecution.
Just days ago, a top DOJ official, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, wrote in a letter to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who authored the memo, that releasing the memo would be "extraordinarily reckless.”
“Indeed, we do not understand why the Committee would possibly seek to disclose classified and law enforcement sensitive information without first consulting with the relevant members of the Intelligence Community," Boyd stated.
While Mueller has been investigating the Trump campaign's alleged connections to the Kremlin, Republicans, including the commander-in-chief, have spent months attacking the FBI and DOJ officials.
In fact, in December, Trump chose to side with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the U.S. intelligence community. The POTUS told reporters he believed Putin didn't meddle in the 2016 U.S. elections even though institutions like the FBI, CIA, and NSA had already assessed that Putin did orchestrate the meddling.
Meanwhile, instead of holding Trump accountable, Republican higher-ups are joining him in his attempt to undermine national security institutions.
"It's astonishing," Orin Kerr, a former prosecutor and law professor at the University of Southern California told NBC News. "The idea of revealing the contents of a classified briefing to a judge — that can reveal lots of information other than what people are interested in. It would set a very dangerous precedent."
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