'What I'm smelling here is fear': Ex-FBI counter-intel director claims Nunes memo release shows White House desperation
Frank Figliuzzi on MSNBC -- screengrab

Appearing on AM Joy, the former Assistant Director for Counterintelligence at the FBI said the widely derided memo issued by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Friday looks like a desperate attempt to derail special counsel Robert Mueller out of fear of where his investigation is going.

Speaking with host Joy Reid, ex-FBI man Frank Figliuzzi said he pored over the memo prepared by Republicans and found it sadly lacking.

"What I'm smelling here is fear," Figliuzzi began. "There is something about this investigation, something about the special counsel's work."

"You have to go backwards," he continued. "Something about that Carter Page wiretap. In the header and the footer of the memo page released, that are clearly redacted and crossed out, they state 'top secret'. This isn't being talked about a lot, but the average FISA affidavit, the underlying document -- the average one is classified at the 'secret' level. This memo is top secret, which means it was derived from TS information."

'What is TS information?" he posed. "It is the most sensitive techniques another government agency, not the FBI, utilizes. What does that tell us about the underlying affidavit on Carter Page? That there were signals intelligence inside that affidavit. That signals intelligence is most often used against a foreign intelligence service somewhere else."

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