The objections to the release of the GOP memo on FISA abuses do not hold water

Andrew McCarthy:
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There is no problem a priori with the fact that Nunes’s memo is a summary prepared by Republican members of the Intelligence Committee’s professional staff. There is no need to delay its release by permitting the FBI and Justice Department to vet it; they will have that opportunity in any event when the president is given five days to weigh in on whether the memo should be disclosed. And complaints that the memo is a distraction intended to discredit Mueller’s investigation are meritless political talking points.

Republicans have made extravagant corruption claims in recent days; if the memo does not bear them out, many a face will be covered in egg.

Democrats contend that Chairman Nunes is engaged in a partisan stunt. The allegation that the Obama administration put the law-enforcement and intelligence arms of the federal government in the service of the Clinton campaign to undermine the Trump campaign is, they maintain, an overwrought conspiracy theory. If that is true, then Democrats — who have had the opportunity to review the memo — should be clamoring for it to be disclosed, not fighting its release. After all, Republicans have made extravagant corruption claims in recent days; if the memo does not bear them out, many a face will be covered in egg.
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The memo should be released and sent to the President.  The objections to its release raise the question of whether there is something in the memo that is unhelpful to the political position of the objecting party.   If that is the case, let the chips fall where they may.

BTW, this is a long piece by McCarthy that appears to be a careful analysis of the arguments of both sides.

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