It is now clear that Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have received documents that are extremely disturbing. While we do not have access to the documents we do know that several Republicans are describing this as much worse than Watergate.
Today Representative Matt Gaetz released a very strong statement:
“The House must immediately make public the memo prepared by the Intelligence Committee regarding the FBI and the Department of Justice. The facts contained in this memo are jaw-dropping and demand full transparency. There is no higher priority than the release of this information to preserve our democracy,”
The House Intelligence Committee voted today to allow all congressional members to view a summary report of classified documents behind the “Clinton Dossier.” Let me correct that. Every Republican on the committee voted for this. Every Democrat on the committee voted against it.
This clearly is a bombshell document. Look at the controls that are in place to allow House members access to this document.
“There will be no copies of the report handed out to House members. Instead, a copy will be made available for them to read in a secure room in the Capital. They won’t be able to take the report out of the room, but they will know the answers to the questions.”
Democrats on the House Intelligence committee are clearly desperate to prevent anyone, in either party, from seeing this. That is confirmation that both Republicans and Democrats view this document as a political bombshell. It is extremely disappointing and unacceptable that Democrats are stonewalling this. The House Intelligence committee is one of the most important institutions in congress. Both parties are expected to only appoint members to this committee that are dedicated to putting the country first. That is why this committee, and in many cases ONLY THIS COMMITTEE, is authorized access to highly classified documents. Sadly, it is hard to argue that the Democrats on this committee come close to meeting this standard.
The delay tactics by those Democrats on the House Intelligence committee are doomed to failure. It is no longer a question of whether or not this information goes public, but rather when it goes public. There are 193 Democrats in the House of Representatives. All it will take is for one of those 193 Democrats to have the same opinion of this as Republicans. It is hard to imagine someone like Senator Joe Manchin ignoring this. I think it is only a matter of time and when it blows it will blow sky high.
It is often said that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. People may forgive someone for doing something wrong. They are not nearly as forgiving when one is caught trying to hide the truth from the public. A lot of Democrats may learn this the hard way.