A couple of important guests today:
6:37 AM Chris Sims, Special Advisor to the President, joins us to preview President Trump's first State of the Union address. I'll also ask Chris about "the memo" and the McCabe resignation (more about which below.)
7:06 AM Dana Perino, host of The Daily Briefing on Fox News, joins the show again to talk about her experience with State of the Union addresses. We'll try to fit in come questions about the other news of the past 24 hours as well.
The House Intelligence Committee voted Monday to release a 4-page memo which is rumored to contain conclusions about wildly improper FBI and DOJ behavior. The memo was created by the Republican staff of the committee working under the Chairman Devin Nunes; the committee voted against releasing a Democratic memo which is said to rebut the conclusions in the Nunes memo.
The While House now has 5 days to determine whether to object to releasing the memo. It's being reported that President Trump strongly supports its release. I'm not surprised.
I think that the release of the memo will probably help Donald Trump in the short run. As far as the long run and the risk of Democrats politicizing intelligence investigations to get back at the GOP, well, I guess the thinking is much like that of Lord Keynes: In the long run, we're all dead.
Earlier Monday, we learned that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe had stepped down, going on "terminal leave", meaning using up his vacation days until he reaches his official retirement date. At least that's how I understand the story right now. The left is making a very big deal of this...I think they're making far too much of it given that McCabe was already known to be leaving in March so this probably sped things up by just a few weeks.
Late news reports imply that an impending report by the FBI's Inspector General will show wrongdoing by parts of the FBI, including possibly McCabe, and that FBI Director Chris Wray pressured McCabe to step down now.
McCabe's likely replacement seems to be David Bowdich, a one-time sniper, the guy responsible for the FBI response to the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, and a guy who seems to have no real connection to McCabe.