Media Fumble Their Latest Attack on Nunes Memo

The media and Democratic spinmeisters think we are stupid. Wait, check that. Not just stupid—illiterate.

How else to explain their latest attempt—to borrow a promo from CNN—to tell us an apple is a banana? More specifically, how could they twist media reports that do not say the Justice Department informed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that the infamous Steele dossier was funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign into reports that say they do?

A few hours after the Nunes memo was released Friday afternoon, the Washington Post rushed to dispute one of the missive’s most explosive claims: That none of the FISA applications “disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts.” As anyone who is not living off-the-grid knows, the DNC and Clinton campaign paid millions for the shady dossier that was leveraged to win FISC approval to spy on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page months after he left the campaign.

On Friday night, the Post reported that two U.S. officials speaking on condition of anonymity claimed “ample disclosure of relevant, material facts” were made to the court that “revealed the research was being paid for by a political entity.” The sources went on: “No thinking person who read any of these applications would come to any other conclusion but that [the work was being undertaken] at the behest of people with a partisan aim and that it was being done in opposition to Trump.”

Even though the Post attempted to create a phony plotline that of course the court must have known the dossier was paid for and peddled by the same party of the sitting president, as well as by the campaign of his former secretary of state and the Democrats’ presidential candidate, the paper had to fess up that “the application did not specifically name the Democratic National Committee or the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.” I mean, duh, don’t FISA court judges read Yahoo News?

But that was all the ammo that the desperate and dishonest Nunes-smear merchants needed. In a classic case of media telephone-tag, The Hill published a story Saturday morning—citing the original Post article—that begins: “The Justice Department may have told a court of the political origins of an opposition research dossier that formed part of the application for a warrant to surveil a former Trump campaign adviser.” No. The sources did not say the Justice Department told the FISC of the political “origins”—only that the dossier was paid for by a “political entity.”

On Saturday afternoon, the Wall Street Journal posted its own scoop: “The memo is critical of Mr. Steele and notes that prosecutors in their application for the warrant didn’t explicitly state that he was working for a firm funded by Democrats. But the FISA application did disclose Mr. Steele was being paid by a law firm working for a major political party, according to a person familiar with the matter.” Even if that’s true, it still does not meet what one would assume to be the rigorous disclosure standards at FISC. Further, it’s evidence that the DOJ was fully aware of Steele’s bias and artfully attempted to shield those facts from FISA court judges.

Despite anonymous sources and conflicting accounts, the This-Is-An-Apple-Not-A-Banana crowd was off with their social-media pitchforks. Let’s start with the Apple-Banana promoters themselves, CNN:

Two Obama-era flunkies weighed in:

MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin reported the unverified and uncorroborated information as fact:

The perpetually hysterical NeverTrumper Jennifer Rubin weighed in via her customary unhinged manner:

CNNs Jake Tapper also presented the Post story as fact (and don’t miss Rubin’s GIF reply to him):

But amid heavy competition, NBC News political reporter Heidi Przybyla wins the Fakest News tweet of the weekend:

And the list goes on.

You can expect to hear much more of this sophistry from anti-Trump pundits on the Sunday talk shows with little pushback from complicit hosts.

Since we don’t have access to the FISA applications, we don’t know whether the court was informed of the specific sourcing of the dossier. But it’s unlikely the FISC would grant spying powers on a U.S. citizen who volunteered for a presidential campaign based on questionable accusations made by a rival campaign and political party. It’s somewhat safe to assume the judges did not know and Nunes is correct.

And, despite their breathless condemnations that Nunes is lying in his memo, the underlying stories buttress his statement. None of the unnamed sources said the Justice Department informed the court that Steele was being paid by the DNC or Clinton campaign. They confirmed only that the information was funded by a “political entity.” That’s about as vague and broad of a description as you can provide while remaining in the realm of the truth—and it also affirms the House Intelligence Committee’s memo.

Further, these folks are arguing against a claim Nunes never made. The memo was very specific in detailing what the Justice Department told—or, rather, didn’t tell—the court about the dossier: “The initial FISA application notes Steele was working for a named U.S. person, but does not name Fusion GPS and principal Glenn Simpson, who was paid by a U.S. law firm (Perkins Coie) representing the DNC (even though it was known by DOI at the time that political actors were involved with the Steele dossier). The application does not mention Steele was ultimately working on behalf of and paid by the DNC and Clinton campaign, or that the FBI had separately authorized payment to Steele for the same information.”

So, sorry, anti-Trump propagandists, we can read. Perhaps next time you decide to orchestrate a misleading social media campaign, don’t link to the actual article that disproves what you are saying.

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Julie Kelly is a political commentator and senior contributor to American Greatness. She is the author of Disloyal Opposition: How the NeverTrump Right Tried―And Failed―To Take Down the President Her past work can be found at The Federalist and National Review. She also has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, and Genetic Literacy Project. After college graduation, she served as a policy and communications consultant for several Republican candidates and elected officials in suburban Chicago. She also volunteered for her local GOP organization. After staying home for more than 10 years to raise her two daughters, Julie began teaching cooking classes out of her home. She then started writing about food policy, agriculture, and biotechnology, as well as climate change and other scientific issues. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1990 with a degree in communications and minor degrees in political science and journalism. Julie lives in suburban Chicago with her husband, two daughters, and (unfortunately) three dogs.

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95 responses to “Media Fumble Their Latest Attack on Nunes Memo

  • It feels as if we are living in parallel universes. The cognitive dissonance is making my head hurt. I regularly tune in to cnn and msnbc on the radio and there are two distinct and contrasting realities between them and us going on. In reality, the frightening thing is that the leftists I hear do not believe that they are lying at all. That is the scariest thing to me. For the most part they 100% believe.

    The media is loving this divide and many in the business are probably aware of their bs. But they in the media love setting us on one another. Almost as much as they love selling us stuff. The future is pretty grim with this adversarial schism going on in our America.

    • I feel kind of sorry for the people you describe. They are, literally, living in a ‘fools paradise’. When people start being convicted of the various crimes that have been committed in the course of promulgating the ‘Russian collusion’ narrative, they will not understand and think that American as ‘gone fascist’ when, truly, nothing could be further from the truth.

      What they do not, and — at this point — cannot, understand is that they are being used by the media to sell advertising time. They’re like those people in the movie ‘The Matrix’. They are being fed an illusion because it is useful for someone else to do so. There is, no doubt, a ‘political’ reason for the specific content of the media, but, in the end, that content would change suddenly if they could not draw and audience and sell advertising time for that audience.

      • Sorry, this is a vast criminal enterprise that the media is complicit in. You’re living in a fantasy land yourself giving the MSM the benefit of the doubt.

      • That’s the tricky part. How to keep the delusionist in their homes, and not out rioting in the streets, when reality finally hits them over their silly heads. I’m afraid for my country because I know the truth will come out in the next couple months with the OIG report from Horowitz.

      • i’d really like to think the people who have abused the power of government will be held accountable. But so far so many have gotten away with it for so long. Just thinking of Lois Lerner not only free but enjoying a fat pension for which the people she abused are forced to pay….

    • Of course the media loves to divide people; that’s how it sells merchandise. Create a conflict then interject itself into the middle of said conflict as ‘fair’ observers who will sort it all out for the hapless masses.

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    • No, we are not living in ‘parallel universes.’ We are living in one universe populated by wheat and tares. Tares look LIKE wheat, but that are NOT wheat. and they provide no nutrition. The wheat are the good grain of the Sower that produce a crop unto righteousness; the tares are sown in the field by the Enemy. The dynamic we are watching is simply the narrative of the Father of Lies, whose purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. Spoiler Alert: The Sons of Light are victorious, and the Enemy is cast into the lake of fire. These liars and deceivers are merely doing what they see their father do. Be steadfast and pray for grace to remain faithful until the end.

    • it is an intwntional lie that is being propogated. We need to be looking for facts. They lie freely as they believe the FBI and DOJ will keep the documents protected.

    • We now have such a severely fragmented society that we no longer have a common reality which means we’ve become incomprehensible to each other. We’ve basically lost the capacity to communicate. Just consider how incredibly weird it is for a border state like California to declare itself a “Sanctuary State” which, in effect, tells people all over the world that once they make it across the border they’ll be protected from deportation.

      Half the country, the democrats, consider this a wonderfully progressive idea. What would great liberal democrats from the past like FDR and JFK have thought of this though? They would have thought their Democratic Party has become insane and they’d be right.

      No denying our society is now sailing in uncharted waters. Never before has such a huge segment of our society been so detached from reality. Time will tell what fate has in store for us.

    • It applies to the whole of the western world not just the states.

    • You are spot on and I too suffer from the cognitive dissonance I see on a regular basis . My therapy is long walks in the woods and prayer :)

  • This reaction was expected by Nunes et al and calibrated into the contents of the memo. IG Horowitz’s report is due soon and Senator’s Grassley’s requests are making their way through the DOJ labyrinth. My assumption is that the next wave of disclosures will be even more damaging. I am concerned that the President does not seem to be willing to assert his authority over the DOJ/FBI to get them to comply in a timely manner with Congressional requests. They are, after all, Executive branch departments.

    • I am concerned that the President does not seem to be willing to assert his authority over the DOJ/FBI to get them to comply in a timely manner with Congressional requests.

      Actually, I’m glad he isn’t. Never fight a battle on the enemy’s chosen ground. The left is begging for Trump to fire Rosenstein, fire Strozk, fire Page. . .fire anybody because they would play into their narrative that Trump is a fascist hellbent on destroying the Constitution. If the President exercised his authority in any way over the FBI or DOJ there would be no end to the media drumbeat.

      By laying back and letting the deep state expose themselves he is doing greater service to the country. An avalanche is started by a few small rocks hitting slightly larger rocks until the whole mountain face comes tumbling down.

      I am very happy with the way this is proceeding. I expect the IG report, when completed, will expose the whole traitorous lot and public pressure will cause their house of cards to come tumbling down. The spin of the leftest media is so ridiculous even many Democrat voters are beginning to hold their noses against the stench. It bodes very well for the mid-terms.

      • Thank you for your thoughtful and courteous response. I respect your point of view, I just don’t happen to share it.

        I agree that the President should avoid firing various key players in this matter. I agree that the media ‘optics’ would be bad. However, the media do not decide what is right and proper, and, as most of the media are rabidly anti-Trump anything the President does is treated with contempt and suspicion no matter how innocuous. Media response is, in this context, utterly predictable and should not be considered an impediment to doing what needs to be done.

        Please note, however, that I never mentioned firing anyone. My remarks were specific to complying with Congressional requests. The FBI/DOJ have been stone-walling the Committees investigating these matters for months, but the President has the authority (through AG Sessions) to require that they comply in a timely manner. There may be no need to fire anyone who is not an appointee as the normal administrative apparatus (Office of Professional Responsibility) will, eventually, come into play and the malefactors will, one hopes, be punished accordingly. Some, I suspect, will have their actions referred to criminal court.

        As for Executive Branch appointees, they serve at the pleasure of the President. If not other mechanism can be found to remove them from authority, they should be asked to resign and, if they fail to do so, summarily discharged. It’s how the system works. As far as I am concerned, Wray should already be on the streets.

        My concern is that the President (through Sessions) do not appear to be exercising appropriate authority to require DOJ/FBI employees to comply with Congressional requests in support of investigating potential misbehavior within the DOJ/FBI.

        It’s not clear to me why this would be so. The President is at the top of the chain of command for the DOJ/FBI, if he orders an executive branch department employee to perform some action, the employee has only two legitimate options: Comply or resign. At this time, DOJ/FBI employees seem to think they have a third option: Ignore. This is unacceptable, especially in the context of Congressional investigations into possible (now certain) malfeasance by executive branch department employees.

        There may be reasons why the President and the AG are not taking steps to enforce timely compliance with Congressional requests. However, if there are, I haven’t heard explication of their reasoning from either the President or the AG.

        It’s one thing to engage in ‘rope-a-dope’ tactics so far as media are concerned, but within the Executive Branch, no such tactics are necessary (or, to my mind, desirable).

      • I should have been clearer in my writing. As I reread it, it does look like I was tarring you with the “Fire Them All” brush when I meant to include that movement with your call for the President to take active charge with the DOJ in compliance with Congressional requests for information. They are related issues I know, but still separate. AND I do share your frustration that Sessions appears to be asleep when it comes to exercising his authority over the various players in both the DOJ and FBI. He never should have recused himself in the first place and I feel it is a misplaced sense of his honor not to touch anything near the investigation.

      • I would disagree, not sure who Trump has on his side, but an argument can be made that he only has a few house members and loyal military. He needs to game the system for all it is worth to walk the tightrope. I can say for certain Trump doesn’t have a majority in the senate, so none of his cabinet picks were chosen without outside interference by establishment deep staters.

      • Don’t worry about Trump. He’s no shrinking violet. He’s just giving them all the rope the need to hang themselves. To quote The Donald, “I win; I always win.”

      • The whole purpose, to me, of the FBI and DOJ slow walking everything to congress is because of the IG investigation. They, the administration, want to keep that investigation as unmuddied as they possibly can.

        Congress is a political body. Their main purpose is to leak information to their constituents and the greater body of their party. If you want secrets to get out fast, tell congress. When Horowitz is ready with his report, he will let some people in congress read it first.

      • You could be right and I have given that thought a fleeting consideration, but I tend to dismiss it because I don’t think the IG’s office is the one that vets congressional requests. I think it is Rosensteins. I could be waaaayyyy wrong. After Rosenstein made his threat two weeks ago to open up an investigation on Congress so they could get a dose of the same medicine, I tend to believe it is all on him.

        Like you, though, I’m putting a lot of faith in the IG’s investigation. So far Mr. Horowitz seems to be a fair actor in all of this.

      • Thanks for the article. I just read it.

        To be clear, though I’m pretty sure I stated it in my reply to Hamburgertoday2017, I am not for the President firing Mueller, Wray, Rosenstein, Strozk, or Page–not because it wouldn’t be Constitutional but because the political cost would be too great. I doubt he would lose one Trump base vote, but he would surely lose ALL of the Independent vote.

        In reading the article I find Mr. Goldsmith to be slightly other-minded in his points. He seems to dwell too much on de facto arguments as his basis while giving less than weighty services to his de jour ones. In one early paragraph he states:

        Those are the main “legal” guarantees of DOJ/FBI independence. They are very few, and they are not the most important. The most important guarantees of DOJ/FBI come not from the Constitution or statutes, but from norms and practices that since Watergate have emerged within the Executive branch.

        and it isn’t until much later he admits:

        First is the President. Despite the independence principles listed above, Trump retains subtle levers, most of which he is not wielding, to influence DOJ and FBI, even in areas related to law enforcement. The President also has some unsubtle powers. He can still fire political officials, including Sessions, Rosenstein, and Wray, at will. There are hurdles and constraints and costs to doing so, all political. But at the end of the day the President can remove these officials if he does not approve of their performance. The President also has other tools to shape an investigation. For example, the President is in charge of classified markings for the government, and will decide on whether and with what redactions or restrictions the Nunes memo will be released.

        even here he hedges his bet by concentrating on “Trump retains subtle levers. . .to influence DOJ and FBI. . . .”

        So in the end everyone seems to be hanging on to the de facto reasons while trying to stifle Trump’s de jour rights as enumerated in the Constitution.

        Finally, if all Mr. Horowitz does is give a report to Congress then we are still very much in a mess. If, as I believe, his investigation uncovers gross negligence, collusion, and obstruction in the DOJ and FBI but doesn’t accompany them with Grand Jury indictments then we are back to square one–a de facto Banana Republic. None of us wants to see the fallout from that!

      • Lawfare is an extremely biased site. Anti-Trump. Wittes, a co-founder, is Comey’s dear friend that acts like his lover. That’s why I found the article so good. This guy, even while he was holding onto the antiTrump fever, had to write about the truth, also. I found his analysis about the outcome of the OIG investigation insightful. Marvelous, actually.

        As I understand it, the OIG office itself can’t charge anyone. They are required to pass on their findings to the DOJ. I did read somewhere, though, that they can set up a grand jury. From what Rosenstein might have said at his hearing, I think there is one set up already. I couldn’t find a transcript so I’m not saying with 100% accuracy I’m right. He said it so fast, I’m not sure he really said it.

        Wray and Rosenstein are waiting to get the report before they start the process. They are good guys.

    • The Mueller investigation was emplaced for the purpose of claiming obstruction to prevent a Potus directive to release the info.

      • My take is that the Mueller investigation is just a vehicle for investigating every aspect of the personal and professional lives of every individual associated with the Trump administration. Indictments and guilty pleas are like a sugar coating: they make it sweeter, but they’re completely unnecessary. The end goal isn’t indictments for Russian “collusion” or obstructing justice; the end goal is to have a file that contains every possible weakness of every possible Republican operative. And then to use that file over time to destroy those people and any Republican administration that employs them.

        If you think that sounds too cynical, you might want to review Filegate during the Clinton administration, and the John Doe investigations targeting associates of Scott Walker in Wisconsin. Democrats play very dirty, nasty politics. They’ve been doing it for decades, and they’re going to keep doing it until they start doing prison time for their criminal malfeasance.

      • so shamelessly deluded is your assessment that it defies all logic. time will tell the tale until then please remain in your shelters until further notice.

      • It is too bad you couldn’t be more specific. One assumes that the recent nomination of Hillary wasn’t simply because the power brokers preferred her but because she had the dirt on everyone from their time in the White House. We know that they collected hundreds of FBI files. You pretending you didn’t know or that they wouldn’t use them is pretty funny.

        And you called someone else “shamelessly deluded”! That is some serious projection!

      • No, I agree the Clintons have been dirt digging grifters for at least a generation and the run the DNC under the covers. They gather intel and compromise people and groups with a compliant DC civil service team. The fact is the DNC is a fractured identity based party which makes them more prone to corruption and manipulation.

    • It’s not the President’s job. It is Jeff Sessions and Christopher Wray’s job to ensure their departments comply wit Congressional requests.

  • “They confirmed only that the information was funded by a “political entity.” That’s about as vague and broad of a description as you can provide while remaining in the realm of the truth—and it also affirms the House Intelligence Committee’s memo.”

    I guess the FISA judge didn’t want to be the man/woman who knew too much. Very curious.

  • So, where do we go from here? Will FISC, can FISC intervene in any way if in fact it believes it was bamboozled into authorizing a surveillance warrant? Shouldn’t the DOJ be laying charges of, at the very least, contempt of court?

    • Nowhere. To many people have their mouths firmly attached to the government teat.

  • To bring Monty Python skit into this conversation; despite the Progressive left’s pronouncements to the opposite that the Parrot’s not dead, but merely sleeping, and doesn’t the Norwegian Blue have such beautiful plumage,……. this Parrot is dead, it’s expired, it’s gone to meet it’s maker, this is an ex-Parrot who’s now singing with the choir.

  • Everyone who can read knows Democrats are liars. Where is that IG report? Where is Sessions? Where is that Special Council?……. Oh hell, where’s my gun?

  • They are sick, disgusting, treasonous, contemptible liars. Vermin.

  • The only thing I’m certain of is that nothing will come of this because nothing ever does. Remember when the Obama administration lied about the Benghazi attack? Nothing. Remember the IRS targeting scandal? Nothing. People just take the fifth and move on. Nothing to see here…nothing at all.

      • Yes, but … that’s exactly how we ended up with Donald J Trump in the White House. Hopefully, in him, we finally have someone with the cojones to start draining the Swamp.

        Nothing happened to the criminals in government during the Obama administration because as the Nunes memo shows, the DOJ & FBI were just as criminal as everyone else. The crooks were running the investigations. And DOJ, FBI, IRS, EPA, DVA, and all the rest of the crooked bureaucracies were under the executive supervision of the biggest crook of all: Barack Hussein Obama.

      • Sorry, Bob, the Whitehouse ain’t the one holding the cards here. It’s Congress, and they’re up against the entire MSM. Once the press convinces most Americans that this is just the usual partisan bickering, then any Congress critter that makes a stink gets painted as an partisan extremest, and Congress critters ain’t known for their courage. Democrats are now above the law. We Libertarian warned y’all about spying on Americans and secret courts, but y’all were too scared of medieval Muslims (with no power to actually harm the US) to listen.

      • Go fuck yourself. Mohamadeans murder regularly even if they won’t bring down the country. It is hilarious that you think a country that doesn’t defend it’s own citizens from violent medieval worshipers of the pedophile priest is worth having. There is nothing “Libertarian” about surrendering to savages. The word you are looking for is “cowards”.

      • The cowards are people like you who are so scared of terrorists that you’re willing to give up your rights. I’d rather live free and take a slight chance that some primitive is going to blow me up than live in police state as a shaking little sheep bleating out “save me Daddy government, save me.” “The home of the brave and the land of the free” queing up in line to be searched before boarding a plane, agreeing to have all your communications monitored, etc. And you call me a coward.

      • Saying to murder victims “well, Mohammadeans are not going to overthrow the country so shut up and get murdered” may not be cowardice but it certainly isn’t courageous.

        I actually don’t think the government will do shit, and don’t expect them to do anything. Asswipes pretending that Islam isn’t dangerous to the individual are collectivist turds, which describes you, clearly.

      • Lol, I’m a collectivist? Dude, do you know what “libertarian” means?
        This nation has delt with people like this since the beginning of the Republic, and no other generation thought it was necessary to surrender our God-given rights in order to be safe.
        “Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither. He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.” I suppose Benjamin Franklin was a cowardly collectivist turd, also?

  • The plot to Frame Trump, aided and abetted by the complicit media continues.

    Until Mueller’s plug is pulled the Deep State plot to overthrow the 2016 election continues.

    And the lefts attemps to keep Hillary out of prison continue.

  • President Trump is playing the long game.

    He has all his enemies close.

  • Why do we assume that the FISA court judge is ethical and follows the intricacies of National security law? Just recently the federal judge overseeing the Michael Flynn guilty plea reportedly recused himself.However, Judge Contraras may have very well been removed by Justice Roberts as Judge Contraras was on the FISA court. Why should anyone believe that the judges on this court are clean? Seems it was quite easy for the Obamacare administration to unmask over 300 citizens.

  • This shows what the principles and ethics of the democrat party really are. They care about naked power and are willing to support anything in support of it.

  • The “political entity” they may have been referring to truthfully (in this one instance) was probably the FBI, since I understand they paid some money to Steele.

  • As a fan (and 5 time on the air caller and 2x caller of the day) I love the term “drive by media” that Rush uses to describe the MSM. But it’s time to start calling them the “earth is flat” media. They literally think if they say the earth is flat, we will ignore the fact. And CNN, you are a vegetable.

  • How does the FISA court knowing the dossier came from the Clinton campaign make things copacetic. To me, it just implicates them in this deep state crime.

      • Yeah, when was the last time this happened? If I am not mistaken, the swamp creature impeached judge (Hastings?) just turned around after impeachment and ran for and won a Congressional seat.

      • They knew. You are not convinced that the Clintons are as dirty as they come? You aren’t paying attention.

  • The worst part of it is that highly respected DOJ and FBI lawyers thought that they could get away with what amounts to perjury.

  • If I misrepresented facts to a judge, as the FBI did in this instance, I would be suspended and disbarred in short order. There is no accountability in Washington DC.

  • Let’s see how the FISA court JUDGES feel about being LIED to!!!

  • The 18 viewers over at MSNBC think the Nunes memo is a travesty!!

  • It occurs to me that the FISA court judges may well be complicit in this entire setup to spy on the Trump campaign along with Comey, McCabe, etc. Let me explain.

    We know that one of the FISC judges, Rudolph Contreras, also was the judge assigned to the Flynn proceedings. But a few days after Flynn plead guilty to lying to an FBI agent (about perfectly legal meetings with Russian officials), Judge Contreras recused himself from the sentencing phase. That indicates Judge Contreras had some conflict of interest. What, we don’t precisely know. But if Contreras had some conflict of interest at that point in time, and if Judge Contreras heard any application to the FISC related to the authorization to eavesdrop on Carter Page (and, by extension, Pages contacts), then that very same conflict of interest may well have been manifest at the time of any application that he heard.

    But that’s not all. Just last Friday, when the Nunes memo was released, Judge Boasberg, another FISC judge, ruled that the Comey memos must remain secret. Comey could leak those memos to the press, and that, apparently, is fine. But what Comey leaked to the press cannot be revealed publicly. There is something quite rotten in such jurisprudence.

    Now, the Nunes memo indicated that 4 different FISC judges heard filings. But there are only three FISC judges in D.C. with another in Virginia plus one in New York, one in New Jersey, and another in Massachusetts. After that, you have to go to Florida, Oklahoma, or Oregon to present a case before a FISC judge.

    It seems highly improbable that Comey, McCabe, and company would really venture far from D.C. It is quite probably that the three D.C. FISC judges and the Virginia FISC judge heard presentations that allowed spying on Page. That would mean that Contreras and Boasberg would have heard presentations. Again, Contreras had a conflict of interest that suddenly manifested itself after there was a Flynn guilty pleading. And Boasberg makes a very sketchy ruling preventing the public from seeing what Comey himself leaked to the press. Thus, it seems that these justices have aligned themselves against the duly elected President. It would seem a legitimate line of inquiry whether both have some skin in the game against Trump.

    So, if they have skin in the game against Trump, they need some means of protecting themselves against discovery of complicity. What would shield them from such discovery? If they allowed vague references to the qualifications of those presenting evidence supporting the FISA appeal, if they allowed the DOJ to use a statement that a political entity was a source without inquiring who that political entity was, then they could plausibly claim that they were shielded from explicit knowledge of who was involved in the application. They would not be responsible for the FBI and DOJ concealing what they knew to be the source. Plausible deniability!

    The problem is, the FISC is supposed to have extremely high standards for what evidence is allowed. If the FBI and DOJ did not clearly specify who was the source for the appeal, then the FISC should not have allowed the Steele dossier to be used as evidence. So, the FISC justices plausible deniability then becomes a statement of incompetence.

    The FISC is as crooked and complicit as the DOJ and FBI.

    • That all may be true, but why ten did the FISA court twice reject the application for wiretaps on CP et al?

  • “If all this is not a scandal — then the following protocols are now considered permissible in American electoral practice and constitutional jurisprudence: An incumbent administration can freely use the FBI and the DOJ to favor one side in a presidential election, by buying its opposition research against the other candidate, using its own prestige to authenticate such a third-party oppositional dossier, and then using it to obtain court-ordered wiretaps on American citizens employed by a candidate’s campaign — and do so by deliberately misleading the court about the origins and authors of the dossier that was used to obtain the warrants”. VDH

    • Hansen needs to find another hang out. National Review hasn’t been worth reading since they failed to support the fantastic Mark Steyn. They are also a den of never-Trumpers.

  • Have you no sense of decency? The memo says pretty much nothing we didn’t know before and R congressmen are running from it. You’re gonna have to find something better than this.

    • Obamagate will haunt you and Barry long after the Ds get destroyed in Nov.

      Rs defend 8 Senate seats, Ds defend 24 Senate seats in Nov.

      By way of the Reid Rule Trump will reshape the SC and the entire federal judiciary.

      Obama and the progressive movement and politicians like the Clintons, Pelosi and Schumer will be a distant memory when President Pence retires in 2032.

  • If Mueller wants to save face he’d run with this news and drop the investigation of the Trump campaign, that’s costing millions of dollars, making the U.S. look like idiots, hampering a super successful Trump presidency, and dividing the nation even more.

    • You think he cares what the American people think? He is only concerned with what his fellow swamp creatures think.

  • Just who was the FISA judge and why isn’t he/she being questioned?

      • For what? For apparently doing nothing about the fact he/she was lied to by those seeking the warrants. Was the judge in on it?

      • The doj said the judge was told where the info came from. No its not some conspiracy theory, sorry. You might turn your anger toward all those congress people who just reauthorized fisa.

  • Hmmm….no – the media and the Democrats pretty much nailed the ridiculousness of the Nunes/tRump memo.

    Gonna get worse for Nunes and tRump when the Democratic rebuttal memo is published.

    • It’s 20 times worse than Watergate, shitlib for brains.

      • I think you’re right about the ’20 times worse’ part.

        One would think the Republicans would have learned their lesson from Watergate.

      • The only lesson Republicans should have learned from Watergate is all shitlibs should be exterminated … starting with the shitlib media.

      • LOL…well, so long as you aren’t over dramatic or anything…

      • I can’t decide whether I’d rather decapitate you, flick the switch on your gas chamber or slowly remove the skin from your spine with a sander.
        The only way MAGA is eradicate everyone of you.

  • Kill all shitlibs … starting with their media.
    Gunning down these people is no crime and is, in fact, an act of the greatest heroism and patriotism.

  • Who wants transparency?

    White House aide: Trump wants memo released for ‘transparency’

    White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said Sunday that President Trump wants a classified memo that purports to show political bias within the FBI to be released.

    “We don’t know what’s in the memo. But I think the president generally is on the side of transparency,” Short said on “Fox News Sunday.”

  • As usual, the WaPo story was built for those who either don’t want believe the memo or don’t follow closely enough to know when they are being misled. I doubt they think their story will influence either those who do want to believe the memo or those who follow closely.

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