Update: This article has been updated with additional information to better serve our readers. If you are returning to this article for a second time, check out the statement made by Chairman Grassley.
Speaking to Neil Cavuto, Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) revealed a key detail about the FBI report review process currently undergoing in the Senate. Despite widely circulated talking points, social media trends, and political commentators making emotional denials, the decision to only provide one copy of the FBI’s investigation was initiated by Democrats back in 2009.
Liberals won’t let facts get in the way of a good trend
Earlier today, social media was set ablaze with angry liberals hammering keyboards in response to the news that the FBI report was being read in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF).
The received wisdom these liberals inherited from their talking faces on MSNBC and CNN, is that the use of a SCIF was a Republican tactic to limit the exposure of the report. Some liberals convinced themselves that the SCIF was selected because the FBI’s findings were so damning that this case was shut and dry. Ridiculous!
“Photocopying or other reproduction of the FBI background reports is prohibited.”Obama Era Senate Memo
Things couldn’t have been more different than the narrative they’ve chosen to run. The reality is that it was Democrats in the Senate Judiciary Committee alongside staffers in the Obama Administration that determined the new regulations pertaining to sensitive intelligence reports.
This joint-decision can be read in a report, “Memorandum of Understanding Between the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Counsel to the President Regarding FBI Background Investigation Reports on Nominees.”
Chairman Grassley explained all of this!
The failure of Democrats to adequately convey information about this review process to their constituents is likely deliberate. None of this was a secret to them. They do benefit greatly from energizing their voters before the midterms, even if they’re fired up for all the wrong reasons. That’s the play they’re probably making, but it is also a double-edged sword. Conservatives are furious, too.