Within days we will learn that the Russian Collusion narrative was by design an intentional and deliberate cover … a deception and distraction implemented to serve as a cover to former President Obama’s spying on the Trump campaign, transition team and early days of his administration. This will be America’s biggest criminal scandal! It will over shadow Watergate and Iran-Contra combined.

Ignoring the Democrats on the Hill and brushing aside opposition from the Department of Justice (DoJ), Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee voted Monday night to authorize the release of House intelligence Committee Chairman Congressman Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) highly classified (above Top Secret) four-page memo that purports to be an objective analysis which reveals, at a minimum, the improper use of electronic surveillance by the Obama FBI and Justice Department in the Russian Collusion investigation.

Certainly, this highly classified memo has become a political flashpoint, with President Trump and many Republicans having been pushing for its release. Because of the push back, senior executives have suggested that some in the Justice Department and FBI have conspired against the president. Similarly, it is widely acknowledged that many of his officials are loyal holdovers from the Obama administration who either is protecting him, and or covering their own asses, as well.

Further, it is known that privately, the President has been fuming over the Justice Department’s opposition to releasing the memo, according to a number of administration officials. I for one see this as the lynchpin to allow Attorney General Jeff Sessions to finally, and quite likely as planned use The “Memo” and what it finally reveals as the green-light to do a major housecleaning of the Deep State within DoJ.

At the behest of Trump, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and other White House officials have been in contact with Justice Department officials in the past week to convey the President’s displeasure with select members of the department’s leadership on the issue specifically. The likes of which included; Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, and former Director James Comey. General Kelly last urged the Justice Department officials to do more within the bounds of the law to get the memo released.

Further, on Monday, just hours before Monday night’s vote, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders underscored the administration’s position, saying that President Trump favors “full transparency,” an indication that he wanted the full release of the Nunes’ FISA memo to be made available to the American people.

President Trump, has been informed and has now read the Memo, he has five days to decide whether he wants the information released. FBI Director Christopher Wray has also read the Memo and has said to be shaken to the core. Based on the President’s decision, House Intelligence Committee panel could release the information to the general public within five days after the vote if President Trump does not object. As noted, we already know he will not.

On the other side of the aisle, the Democrats are livid about the Memo, which they claim omits crucial facts and that it should not be selectively released. They have pushed back on Republican criticism of the FBI, saying it is an attempt to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether Trump’s campaign was involved. The probe has already resulted in charges against four of Trump’s former campaign advisers and has recently moved closer to Trump’s inner circle.

Of course, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, California Representative Adam Schiff, said that Democrats on the panel had put together their own memo. Accordingly, it is once again a distraction and a cover to attempt to misinform, confuse, and deceive the American people, as well as delay the release. It is for the most part a sign of desperation on the part of the Democrats.

In that effort, on Monday evening, the Intelligence Committee voted to make the Democrat’s version of the Nunes memo available to all House members — but not to the general public. This of course, is because the Democrat version is essentially a fraudulent piece of propaganda which certainly would be mocked in the wrong hands, such as mine. We of course will not hold our breath and can expect a leak of that document rather quickly. Likewise, Texas Representative Mike Conaway of Texas, who’s leading the House’s Russia investigation, said he was open to making it public after House members have a chance to review it.

While Trump’s White House signaled the President would likely support the Memo’s release, as I previously noted. Additionally, as I also indicated, there are those in the Justice Department who have voiced concerns. They again, are of course many of the politically entrenched Obama holdovers. In a letter to House intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes last week, many of those Justice officials, without having read the memo said in an obvious sign of desperation that by releasing the classified memo could be “extraordinarily reckless” … and obviously asked to review it. Many are fearful that they will be outed as being part of the effort to go after Trump or perhaps be revealed as witnesses, participations and or contributors.

To that end, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, an Obama era appointee wrote that Congressman Nunes and given the committee’s role in overseeing the nation’s intelligence community, “you well understand the damaging impact that the release of classified material could have on our national security and our ability to share and receive sensitive information from friendly foreign governments.”

Likewise, some Senators have also expressed their concern about the release as well. Similarly, Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina both said they don’t think the memo should be released at all. In fact, Graham said; “No, I don’t want it released yet” on ABC’s “This Week.” ″I don’t. I want somebody who is without a political bias to come in and look at the allegations that I have seen.” As a career senior intelligence officer, I don’t necessarily see the problem as, I believe the right intelligence experts will advise the President as to the best and most optimum guidance and advice, secure and effective process and the necessary terminology to convey in a rational and understandable manner, the terms of the memo to the American people.

So now, with the memo voted on and passed by the House, the fate of the memo now becomes and will be the latest flashpoint in the ongoing contentious relationship between President Trump and primarily the Obama administration political holdovers in the Justice Department.

Let me make this point because this is also extremely critical to this whole situation, process and the outcome. As is well noted, President Trump has frequently raged at the head of the Justice Department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, for recusing himself from the Russia probe. Many believe this has led to the establishing of the Special Counsel and Mueller. While this perhaps is certainly the case, I believe it is a part of his grander strategy designed to force much of what we have seen come about in the past year to come to the surface and both reveal, and to likely implode the Deep State, particularly within the DoJ. The revelations, would certainly not have been identified or revealed the personalities at play, or cause their emails, texts and other communication to be exposed. I for one believe, the Session paradigm and his internal process was the impetus that incited the cover-up that is now engulfing itself into this massive scandal with tentacles that reach across a number of departments and agencies.

Finally, and to some degree ultimately, this reveals how serious and damaging the Nunes FISA Memo actually is. Perhaps Rosenstein and others will be tendering his resignation, my choice of word is let’s just say removed, just like McCabe was on Sunday evening by Director Wray. I’m anticipating that in the coming hours or days to come – meaning, we’ll see other Obama FBI and DoJ officials follow the same suit.

In the next day or so … expect the Top Secret FISA Memo to be approved in some form for release by President Trump, who officially has five days to allow the memo to be made public, most likely by Wednesday, following the State of the Union … in the meantime we will watch Democrats, the Political-Left and the mainstream media to go insane as they attempt to once again confuse, misinform and distract from the evidence in the document.

One last prediction, in the aftermath of the highly classified and damaging memo’s being made public by the President, we can expect a call for a new Special Counsel to investigate the findings within the Nunes FISA Memo.

Jim Waurishuk is a retired USAF Colonel, serving nearly 30-years as a career senior intelligence and political-military affairs officer and special mission intelligence officer with expertise in strategic intelligence, international strategic studies and policy, and asymmetric warfare. He served combat and combat-support tours in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as on numerous special operations and special mission intelligence contingencies in Central America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. He served as a special mission intelligence officer assigned to multiple Joint Special Operations units, and with the CIA’s Asymmetric Warfare Task Force, as well as in international and foreign advisory positions. He served as Deputy Director for Intelligence for U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) during the peak years of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Global War on Terrorism. He is a former White House National Security Council staffer and a former Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C. He served as a senior advisor to the Commander U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and is Vice President of the Special Ops-OPSEC -- which provides strategic and operational security analysis and assessments to governmental and private entities, as well as media organizations on national security issues, policy, and processes. He currently provides advisory and consulting services on national security, international strategic policy, and strategy assessments for the U.S. and foreign private sector and governments entities, media groups and outlets, and to political groups, forums, and political candidates. He is an author and writer providing regular commentary and opinion to national and local TV, radio networks, and for both print and online publications, as well as speaking engagements to business, political, civic and private groups on national security matters – focusing on international strategic policy and engagement, and strategic intelligence, and subject matter expertise on special mission intelligence and operations, counter-terrorism, and asymmetric warfare and conflict.

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