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Call Your MoCS on Releasing the Democratic Rebuttal Memo, the Dreamers, and Dozens of White House Staffers Who Lack Security Clearances, February 12, 2018

Call your MoCs about supporting the release of the Democratic rebuttal to the Nunes memo; helping the Dreamers; and the revelation in the wake of Rob Porter’s resignation that as many as 40 White House staffers don’t yet have, or cannot get, security clearances.

 

Bumping the scheduled post out of the way because our friend Celeste Pewter has made several good points about several nutty and infuriating things that have happened over the last few days that deserve action.

 

All credit goes to her for the scripts given below. Please follow her Twitter feed (@Celeste_Pewter) if you aren’t already.

 

First, the Democratic rebuttal to the Nunes memo.

 

As you know, the House Intelligence committee voted to release the Democratic rebuttal to Devin Nunes’s memo about alleged anti-Trump bias at the FBI.

 

Both the FBI and the DOJ asked Nunes and the White House not to release it. The Democrats on the House Intelligence committee prepared a rebuttal memo in case the Nunes memo was made public.

 

It was, which moved the House Intelligence Committee to vote for its release.

 

But its release was subject to approval by the White House. It waited the full five days before declining, claiming that the Democratic rebuttal could not be made public because of some “classified and especially sensitive passages.”

 

We at OTYCD hold the opinion that many do on this mess–nothing should have been released, but since it has, now, damn near to everything should be released to put the Nunes memo in context.

 

Here’s a good tweet from Celeste on why it’s worth calling on this:

 

I know there’s a feeling of: “What’s the point?” but you should be letting your elected know you’re against the WH’s decision. Remember: 1) the Nunes memo was basically released, as is. 2) House intel. voted unanimously to release the Dem. rebuttal.

 

Here is Celeste’s script for your members of Congress (MoCs) to protest the refusal to release the House Intelligence Dem rebuttal memo:

 

 

 

Point two is defending the Dreamers and getting a good resolution for those folks. Here’s Celeste’s calling script for that:

 

Lastly, we tackle the news that 30 to 40 people who work at the White House do not have security clearances or can’t get them, more than a year after the start of the Trump administration. That number includes Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.

 

That many people having access to classified information without having the required security clearances is A Bad Thing, dammit. It’s especially galling given the hay that Trump’s 2016 campaign made from how Hillary Clinton handled sensitive information transmitted via email.

 

 

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Here are background stories on the Nunes memo and the embargoed Dem rebuttal:

 

https://www.factcheck.org/2018/02/qa-nunes-memo/

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/02/read-the-full-text-of-the-nunes-memo/552191/

https://www.vox.com/world/2018/2/2/16965086/nunes-memo-dud-release

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/09/donald-trump-blocks-democrat-nunes-memo-russia

 

Here’s a Washington Post story on the large number of White House staffers who still don’t have security clearances:

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/dozens-at-white-house-lack-permanent-security-clearances/2018/02/08/50e3cfd6-0d15-11e8-8890-372e2047c935_story.html?utm_term=.f97c19b17533