Donald Trump Jr. made yet another push for the release of the notorious classified House intelligence memo by placing a $100 bet on its fate.
“I just bet a friend $100 that Schiff’s (fake try to get ahead of the bad for them narrative) memo ‘leaks’ to the media before we see the real memo. Media will be complicit in helping obviously. #ReleaseTheMemo,” Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter.
I just bet a friend $100 that Schiff’s (fake try to get ahead of the bad for them narrative) memo “leaks” to the media before we see the real memo. Media will be complicit in helping obviously. #ReleaseTheMemo https://t.co/ML6m52HcoQ— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 28, 2018
As Trump Jr. aims to have the memo released, his efforts have been backed by others who wish to discredit the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller amid the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia probe.
However, many Democrats — including Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California) — are opposed to releasing the classified document. According to Schiff, the entire campaign to release the memo is nothing more than a “burn-down-the-house strategy to protect the president.”
“The majority seeks to selectively and misleadingly characterize classified information in an effort to protect the president at any cost,” he added.
While the House Intelligence Committee voted for the memo to be available to House members, President Donald Trump is in favor of declassifying it to make it accessible to the public. But the justice department has determined that releasing the memo would be “extraordinarily reckless” if done without an official review.
Alas, 66 lawmakers signed a letter requesting that the memo be released to the public.
“The audience of this document should not be limited to Members of Congress—the American people deserve to know the information it contains,” the letter read.
This ploy to protect Trump is clearly just a deflection from the ongoing Russia collusion investigation. The problem with Trump Jr.'s friendly wager, however, is that it completely trivializes a serious political matter and really highlights the pettiness and immaturity that he has consistently exhibited during his father's presidency.
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