by Joshua Caplan
February 2, 2018
White House press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement following the FISA abuse memo’s release. Sanders made clear the decision to release the memo “was made with input from the President’s national security team — including law enforcement officials and members of the intelligence community, for whom the President has great respect.”
“The memorandum raises serious concerns about the integrity of decisions made at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the FBI to use the government’s most intrusive surveillance tools against American citizens,” the statement says. “This decision was made with input from the president’s national security team—including law enforcement officials and members of the intelligence community, for whom the president has great respect. He is especially grateful to the hardworking rank-and-file public servants who work every day to keep America safe and uphold our laws while protecting the constitutional rights of all Americans. Minority members of the Committee have reportedly drafted a separate memorandum. The Administration stands ready to work with Congress to accommodate oversight requests consistent with applicable standards, including the need to protect intelligence sources and methods.”
Meanwhile, President Trump is none too pleased about the memo.
When asked about the document in the Oval Office Friday, the President responded, “”The memo was sent to Congress. They’re going to do whatever they’re going to do, but it’s a disgrace what’s happening in our country,””
Below is footage of the exchange between Trump and the press on Rosenstein.