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GOP-Nunes Memo Part of Unfolding Constitutional Crisis

Posted Feb. 7, 2018

MP3 Interview with Mel Goodman, former Soviet analyst at the CIA and State Department, author and senior fellow at the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy, conducted by Scott Harris


For the last few weeks, Washington has been focused on the controversial memo written by Devin Nunes, former Trump transition team member and Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, which described alleged bias against Trump and improprieties by the FBI and Justice Department in the process used to obtain a FISA surveillance warrant targeting Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. While the FBI, Justice Department, former intelligence officials and most Democrats condemned the decision by the House Intelligence Committee and White House to release the memo due to concerns regarding classified material, most of the information in the three-and-a-half-page document had already been published.

Although President Trump erroneously declared that the Nunes memo had vindicated him in allegations that he colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election, many observers have concluded that the memo had, in fact, backfired. In cherry- picking the information in his memo, Nunes misrepresented important facts, and failed to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation.

House Democrats are now waiting for the White House to authorize release of their own 10-page memo which is said to refute the Nunes allegations point-by-point. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Mel Goodman, former senior CIA analyst at the Office of Soviet Affairs and author who currently serves as a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. Here, Goodman assesses the partisan conflict triggered by the Nunes memo, in what many fear is part of a growing and dangerous constitutional crisis.

MEL GOODMAN: The observation I have is based on 42 years of security clearances with CIA, the State Department, the Defense Department, the United States Army for that matter. And I've dealt with the military, I've spent time helping to train FBI officers, I did it at the CIA, Defense Department. These are very conservative individuals who lead these institutions. They are for the most part, Republicans. They're not Democrats. So the whole notion that somehow there's this deep state that's working within all these institutions to compromise and even overthrow the president of the United States is really just an absurd notion.

As for the Nunes memo itself, this is a very dangerous trend. It furthers the politicization of the intelligence committees on the Hill. And remember, these committees – like the FISA Court itself – came out in the mid- and late-1970s because of the crimes that were committed by the FBI and the CIA and the National Security Agency under the heading of COINTELPRO. These were the counterintelligence programs that were aimed at Americans who were in the antiwar movement, for example. So there were mail openings, there were illegal surveillance, there were wiretaps without warrants. So in the 1970s after the Church and Pike committee hearings, you've got the creation of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees and the creation with the FISA Act – the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act – the creation of the FISA Court, which had to approve any warrant, any surveillance of an American citizen.

So with the Nunes memo, and clearly Devon Nunes has demonstrated he's simply a stooge of the White House, a stooge of President Trump, he's trying to act as Trump's defense lawyer on the Hill, and he's doing a pretty miserable job of it. Remember his midnight to the White House to get documents that he claimed came to him from a secret source? It wasn't a secret source, it was someone in the White House giving him documents that the president's staff had already seen.

And with this Nunes memo, you get a very one-sided account of the warrant that was issued to monitor the activities of Carter Page. And that's why the House Intelligence Committee, voted, I believe unanimously to release now the Democratic memo. And this is an unfortunate trend to have these dueling memos. But I think the Democrats had to go ahead and get on record, their view of the evidentiary basis that's involved in the Nunes memo because the Nunes memo was so one-sided, and how these warrants were obtained.

Now the point that is really controversial in this memo is that without (former FBI Deputy Director Andrew) McCabe giving the Steele dossier to the FISA court, there would've been no FISA warrant. Well, that's a lie. I won't say it's false. It's a lie. The key issue in getting the warrant on Carter Page, who had been in the Trump campaign at some level, really that was the former campaign worker George Papadopolous who gave that information to an Australian diplomat and we're told that the Australian diplomat was so concerned about the information he got from Papadopolous that he gave this information to the FBI. I'm assuming that the FISA court had good reason to permit this warrant of an American citizen.

However, what we've seen since 1978 and 1979, when this court was created – and remember, it's a secret court without any way of challenging the court. They've received thousands of applications over the years and maybe a dozen of these applications were ever denied. So it raises certainly, the obvious observation that the FISA court to some degree, has become a rubber stamp for the FBI and the Justice Department. So I think we need to learn more about the FISA court.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Well, Mel, we only have time for one more comment and I wanted to get your take on this. There's a lot of concern out there about a coming constitutional crisis in the United States, where various branches of government will be pitted against one another in this attempt, it appears, by the White House to marshall all its forces to try and discredit the Mueller investigation and put off, for the moment, anyway, as they see it, some kind of event that will bring down this presidency. What are your concerns about a constitutional crisis?

MEL GOODMAN: Well, I think we're already in a constitutional crisis. You have a president of the United States who is not fit to serve, and he's surrounded himself with authoritarian figures, mostly from the military. So the crisis is already there. The problem is, I don't think Democrats know what to do about it. They've been in a crisis, frankly, since the Republicans said they weren't going to give Merrick Garland a hearing as a nominee to the Supreme Court – I think really, was the signal that the Democrats are in for a real battle and I don't think they're in a position to wage it with any great strength because they're a diverse coalition to begin with, the way a political party should be – and they're up against this old, white man Republican party from another time that I think over the long run run is going to fail, but in the short-term it's going to cause a lot of friction and tension in American political life.

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