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Turley: Nothing in this Memo Remotely Justifies the Rhetoric Used by Pelosi, Schiff, Chris Wray

‘This thing wasn’t even remotely classified’
By Grabien Staff


CARLSON: "This was the explicit concern of the agencies and Department of Justice in releasing Nunes memo. If we release this we will have to start the public a lot more about what they are doing? Will they have to?"
TURLEY: "That’s what’s ask most disturbing about. This regardless of the content of the memo you have a disconnect between what FBI members said about the release of this memo. Those of us who have been working in national security cases long time expected there to be some type of footprint of sources and methods. There wasn’t. This thing wasn’t even remotely classified. That really concerns a lot of us because it’s the use of classification laws for tactical purposes. If you look at what the FBI said, they said we want this thing to remain classified because it’s inaccurate due to omission. Well, that’s complaining about how the facts are being portrayed. Not that they are classified. And many critics have said for years that the FBI and other agencies have been classifying material to avoid embarrassment. This may be the most public and relatively rare example of that there is nothing remotely in this memo that justifies the rhetoric used my minority leader Pelosi and ranking member Schiff. They all said there would be dire cons sense scws. The FBI director said there would be grave problems that would rah rise with the release. You look at the memo and it’s sort of an empty grave."
CARLSON: "The freedom of information act as I understand it says unless government has compelling information secret it has to release everything unless it can show it shouldn’t because it belongs to the public. The in Washington the instinct is opposite. Everything is classified unless there is political pressure to declassify."
TURLEY: "I think that’s right. Take a look at this memo. It was written to avoid sources and methods. It’s basically what we had already heard with the differences that discussion of detail. No disclosures of new sources. It was confirming that the dossier was a critical part, if not the determinative part in securing that FISA order. So, the question returns us to why did all of these members say that this would jeopardize national security? We didn’t have disagreements about what to do FBI. We should not get disagreements about something like this. When you say there is a national security risk about a document being released and it is something of this kind that doesn’t have any sources of methods or sensitive information. It’s a problem. Because that’s lying to the American people."
CARLSON: "That’s exactly right. We actually have a member of the Intel committee on in a minute. I will lead with that question there. Thank you for that."
TURLEY: "Thank you."

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