The secret four-page memo describing abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) within the DOJ and the FBI is alleged to contain information that could halt Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Donald Trump Jr. joined the rallying chorus of Republicans demanding for its release to the public.
"I don't know what's in it, but if all of these guys are saying people's heads are going to roll, people may get fired and people may actually go to jail, I think the American people deserve to know," Trump Jr. told Tucker Carlson on Friday about the "troubling" memo.
.@DonaldJTrumpJr on #FISA memo: "The interesting thing about it is the only collusion, the only shadiness, the only… https://t.co/BKlUSoctS5— Fox News (@Fox News)1516412242.0
Trump Jr. tore into the DNC saying Democrats and the mainstream media are not interested in the contents of the memo because they are feigning ignorance to the truth.
They both went so all-in with this contrived Russia thing ... that they needed it to be true. Now it turns out to all be nonsense, and it turns out it was [the DNC] and the prior administration doing some pretty shady stuff, I mean, that is earth-shattering, that is disgusting, and the American people should be really upset about it.
He took to Twitter and predicted that "Democrats will take an even stronger stance on shutting down the govt so that becomes the narrative rather than talking about the release of the apparently very damaging memo."
Prediction: Democrats will take an even stronger stance on shutting down the govt so that becomes the narrative rat… https://t.co/rfnH7zhJN8— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.)1516377822.0
Americans deserve to know the contents of the memo. Democrats & deep state govt officials are doing everything they… https://t.co/BK1KRBLZ0Q— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.)1516378607.0
Conservatives pushing hard for House Intel to publicly release four-page summary of Nunes investigation over what t… https://t.co/1TQhErkTiC— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju)1516327640.0
According to CNBC, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. said that the information in the top-secret memo was "jaw-dropping and demand full transparency."
The response inside Congress and on social media sparked the #releasethememo initiative while Republican Congress members were shocked at the information they've found.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., demanded full transparency was in order. "I am shocked to read exactly what has taken place. I would think that it would never happen in a country that loves democracy and freedom," he said on Thursday.
The Huffington Post pointed out, however, that the damning report on FISA was penned by Republicans in the House Intelligence Committee. The Post explained:
That committee voted along partisan lines this week to allow any member of Congress to take a peek at the document themselves. Republican members soon flocked to a secure room to read the memo written by their allies — and then ran to tell the press about it."
Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, however, dismissed the report as "a profoundly misleading set of talking points" and "rife with factual inaccuracies."
Although Trump Jr. has not taken a peek at the document, he ardently believes that the "alarming" information still needs to be released.
"I don't know what's in it, but if all of these guys are saying people's heads are going to roll, people may get fired and people may actually go to jail, I think the American people deserve to know," he told Carlson.
But Twitter is tuning him out.
@FoxNews @DonaldJTrumpJr Changing the narrative to deceive your low info viewers won't change the fact that… https://t.co/QdXePSUqP5— Nicole (@Nicole)1516416014.0
@dstouty @FoxNews @DonaldJTrumpJr #TrumpShutdown #GovtShutdown https://t.co/zv1RGU1JCX— Nicole (@Nicole)1516417251.0
American journalist Glenn Greenwald, known for his work published by The Guardian, also weighed in.
This makes no sense for multiple reasons: 1) your dad could declassify the docs, which he should do if they really… https://t.co/ugWyIHklJF— Glenn Greenwald (@Glenn Greenwald)1516372538.0
These same conservatives are claiming that the underlying source material corroborates the claims in the memo. Ther… https://t.co/viCfIGKuab— Glenn Greenwald (@Glenn Greenwald)1516369152.0
If you're someone who is madly tweeting #ReleaseTheMemo because you remotely believe the claims being made about it… https://t.co/VXZLUbIwGa— Glenn Greenwald (@Glenn Greenwald)1516369216.0
One last point: a memo authored by Devin Nunes is totally useless no matter how inflammatory the assertions are if… https://t.co/W65X6LvCxS— Glenn Greenwald (@Glenn Greenwald)1516372677.0
Republicans Have Four Easy Ways to #ReleasetheMemo — and the Evidence For it. Not Doing So Will Prove Them to Be Sh… https://t.co/GIQc70rE3X— Glenn Greenwald (@Glenn Greenwald)1516397073.0