Media and left dismiss Nunes memo, but this is just the start

The media and left-wing are busily attacking Donald Trump, yet again, this time over the release of the Nunes memo.

The response from Democrats should be “if this is true, it is appalling, heads should roll, and action should be taken to ensure this never happens again”

But the media, the guardians of holding the powerful to account, are simply saying it’s horseshit, within seconds of its release. I didn’t realise their investigation departments were that efficient.

The memo prepared by staff of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) was released today, alleging as expected that the FBI withheld information from the FISA court and going hard after the British intelligence operative who crafted a controversial dossier.

A White House letter topping the document clarified that the memo “reflects the judgments of its congressional authors” and said President Trump “understands that oversight concerning matters related to the Memorandum may be continuing.”

The memo notes that Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was the subject of multiple approved Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants from the FBI and Department of Justice; new probable cause must be proven at each renewal. Former FBI Director James Comey signed off on three warrants and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one, the memo says, while at the DOJ then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, then-Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “each signed one or more” applications. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been recused from the Russia investigation since March 2.

The memo does not go into detail about why Page was being monitored. Page, who has admitted to traveling to Russia during the presidential campaign but said it was for personal reasons, met with Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft during his Trump campaign tenure, according to the Steele dossier.

Renewal by the FISA court, the memo states, “is necessarily dependent on the government’s production to the court of all material and relevant facts,” and “should include information potentially favorable to the target of the FISA application.”

“In the case of Carter Page, the government had at least four independent opportunities before the FISC to accurately provide an accounting of the relevant facts,” the memo alleges. “However, our findings indicate that, as described below, material and relevant information was omitted.”

The memo states that the Democratic National Committee “paid over $160,000” to former MI6 operative Christopher Steele, referred to as “a longtime FBI source,” via law firm Perkins Coie and research firm GPS “to obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.” The memo does not note that the dossier project was started by the Washington Free Beacon as a “never Trump” effort during the GOP primary.

The Democrats have to oppose this because when you follow the money all roads lead back to the DNC, and the Clinton campaign.

The October 2016 FISA application to the court, as well “any of the renewals,” the memo continues, didn’t “disclose or reference the role of the DNC” or “any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then known to senior DOJ and FBI officials.” The first FISA application doesn’t explicitly say Steele was working for Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson or say “the FBI had separately authorized payment to Steele for the same information.”

That is playing fast and loose with the law, in a highly political hit job, that now inveigles the FBI and DoJ into the conspiracy. It is only a matter of time before someone starts asking what Obama knew.

Finally, the Nunes memo notes that the Page FISA application “mentions information regarding fellow Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos,” who pleaded guilty Oct. 5 to “lying to federal agents about the nature and timing of his contacts” with Russians, but the GOP staffers claim there is “no evidence of any cooperation or conspiracy between Page and Papadopoulos.” The memo goes on to mention Papadopoulos’ information to the FBI that preceded the original July 2016 Russia investigation led by former chief of the Counterespionage Section, Peter Strzok, and cited Strzok’s widely reported text messages with “a clear bias against Trump.”

The memo does not go into detail about other evidence not related to Steele submitted in the Page applications.

Nunes, a former Trump transition team member, said in a statement accompanying the release that his committee “has discovered serious violations of the public trust, and the American people have a right to know when officials in crucial institutions are abusing their authority for political purposes.”

“Our intelligence and law enforcement agencies exist to defend the American people, not to be exploited to target one group on behalf of another,” he added. “It is my hope that the committee’s actions will shine a light on this alarming series of events so we can make reforms that allow the American people to have full faith and confidence in their governing institutions.”

Shameful use of intelligence services to attempt to essentially commit a coup against a political enemy.

House Intelligence Democrats released a lengthy rebuttal statement in which they said the memo “mischaracterizes highly sensitive classified information that few members of Congress have seen, and which Chairman Nunes himself chose not to review.”

“It fails to provide vital context and information contained in DOJ’s FISA application and renewals, and ignores why and how the FBI initiated, and the Special Counsel has continued, its counterintelligence investigation into Russia’s election interference and links to the Trump campaign. The sole purpose of the Republican document is to circle the wagons around the White House and insulate the president,” they added. “Tellingly, when asked whether the Republican staff who wrote the memo had coordinated its drafting with the White House, the chairman refused to answer.”

They added that FBI “had good reason to be concerned about Carter Page and would have been derelict in its responsibility to protect the country had it not sought a FISA warrant.” Page’s interactions with Russian intelligence operatives are included in the Democratic memo not yet approved for release by the Intel Committee, lawmakers said.

The memo “ignores the inconvenient fact that the investigation did not begin with, or arise from Christopher Steele or the dossier, and that the investigation would persist on the basis of wholly independent evidence had Christopher Steele never entered the picture,” the Intel Dems continued.

“The majority suggests that the FBI failed to alert the court as to Mr. Steele’s potential political motivations or the political motivations of those who hired him, but this is not accurate,” they said. “The GOP memo also claims that a Yahoo News article was used to corroborate Steele, but this is not at all why the article was referenced. These are but a few of the serious mischaracterizations of the FISA application.”

Democrats will make a motion Monday to seek approval of the release of their memo.

The Democrats are protesting and saying it’s out of context and missing stuff, Sweet!

Release the rest then. What was in the FISA request?

To summarise, a guy paid by the Democrats created a dossier, that is mostly fake, and hands it to the FBI. Who then start an investigation based on it ,all the while knowing that their source is a political operative in the pay for the Democrats.

The Democrats are desperate to hide the evidence and cover it all up because they know when you pick the scab off the pus that runs is going to infect them all.

To cap it all off, the same source who presented the dossier to the FBI also leaked part of it to media and then used that story to justify his investigation.

It’s quite brilliant, really.

But, they got caught. Their problem is that they were playing with FOI-able stuff. It wasn’t in the shadows.

If it was, things might be different. But, playing this game at that level was highly risky.

And now they’re finding out just how badly they misjudged it.

RAW DATA:

https://intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/memo_and_white_house_letter.pdf

 

-Pajamas Media


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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