Former FBI Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi swore on MSNBC today that he would call for the criminal federal prosecution of Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee if he releases his infamous classified memo without going through the proper vetting and declassification procedures.
Rep. Nunes is the author of the controversial memo which Republicans claim provides proof of the FBI’s bias against the President in their investigation of the Trump campaign’s links to Russia and its interference in our elections.
The memo cannot be released to the public because it contains material that is classified as “top secret” which can’t be seen by anyone without the proper security clearances, but Nunes and other top Republicans have been calling for its release nonetheless, using the supposed existence of its inflammatory revelations as a propaganda weapon while refusing to even show the memo to the FBI and Justice Department that it is accusing of improper conduct.
Meanwhile the few Democratic members of Congress who have been able to read the memo in a secure reading room on Capitol Hill declare that the memo’s conclusions are a faulty, misleading misinterpretation of the facts and that the whole controversy is a blatantly political move to cast doubt on the investigation into the President’s connections to Russia and his attempt to obstruct justice by impeding the probe into his campaign.
Figliuzzi, who is now a top executive at a risk management firm, cited Nunes’ calls for the memo’s contents to be made public, a stance that was reportedly echoed by President Trump who stands to benefit from the discrediting of his investigators, as incredibly risky and patently illegal if it is not done through the proper declassification procedures that would ensure that top secret info is not made public. The Justice Department has said that any release of the memo without their review would be “extraordinarily reckless.”
The former FBI Counterintelligence agent detailed the steps that Nunes has available to him if he is concerned about improper procedures by the FBI, but the House Intelligence Committee Chairman apparently sees more value in creating a phony scandal that will discredit the FBI and the Justice Department in hopes of protecting his party’s leader than in actually addressing any issues with intelligence gathering.
Figliuzzi says that if Nunes doesn’t follow the normal declassification procedures that he’ll return to MSNBC to publicly call for criminal charges against the Congressman for leaking classified information. Given the White House’s typical response to unauthorized leaks, it will be interesting to see whether they sign off on disclosing the classified memo and what the ultimate outcome will be.
You can watch the MSNBC interview with Frank Figliuzzi at the link below.