About That Memo...

It doesn't tell us much that's new, but it does seem to confirm some of our worst fears.

So now the memo is out, and much like a teenager who just lost his virginity the entire country is walking around wondering if they feel any different. Meanwhile, the media are out spinning in one direction or the other, depending on which side of the political fence they're on, while the pro-Trumpers and #NeverTrumpers do battle on the mean streets of Twitter like the Jets and the Sharks hashtagging for control of their turf.

But what's it all mean?

Well, the answer to that is--or at least should be--apolitical. Because once you clear away all of the posturing, excuse making and just plain hackery coming from different sides of the debate, the questions all boil down to one: Is it true that the FBI and the DOJ misrepresented themselves to the FISA court so they could obtain a warrant to surveil an American citizen?

Based on what the memo says, the answer appears to be yes.

There's your money quote: "While the FISA application relied on Steele's past record of credible reporting on other unrelated matters, it ignored or concealed his anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations. Furthermore, Deputy Director McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information."

In other words, the FBI and DOJ lied to the court to get a warrant. That's the kind of stuff that undermines not only the letter of our rights under Constitution, but their spirit.

I believe every word of what the memo says about this as well, because disproving it could be done by simply releasing--or leaking--the full text of the FISA warrant application. Adam Schiff and the rest of his Democrat cohorts on the House Intelligence Committee won't do that, of course, because they all know that the application would only prove what the memo says--and that's the last thing in the world they want. In fact, at this point I wouldn't be surprised if they fought the release of the underlying materials that the memo summarizes.

That won't stop them from trying, though--and in the meanwhile, the spin is approaching a velocity that makes NASA's vomit comet look like the Dumbo ride at Disney World. My particular favorite is seizing upon a single word in the assertion that "no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information." Would, you see, doesn't mean could, which means that there had to be other evidence that Trump colluded with Russia which could have been used to get the warrant.

I suppose that's true--there probably was other supporting evidence that the DOJ presented to the FISA court. But if such evidence was so compelling, why would the DOJ take the huge risk of lying to a judge just to get the Steele dossier included? The answer, of course, is that they wouldn't, and that they needed to lard up their application with tales of golden showers and Russian KOMPROMAT to get a judge to sign off on it.

In other words, no dossier, no warrant. That was always the bottom line. So what if the DOJ had to crack a few eggs to make that omelette? Hell, it wasn't any worse than what they'd done during Fast and Furious. Besides, if it kept Donald Trump away from the presidency it was worth it. And, if that didn't work out, it could be used to hobble his administration and drive him from office. Who gives a damn what the voters want?

That folks, is the very definition of the Deep State--but don't worry, because it's totally for your own good:

Yep, it's not the nature of the evidence, but the seriousness of the charge. Is that really the America that Evan McMullin wanted to defend from Donald Trump?

I shudder to think.

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Marc Giller
NWRED
NWRED

This memo was disclosed by it self because it still hid many national security issues and FBI methodology. This memo should be combined with the retirement/resignation/ or firing of McCabe after the Inspector General's report. Comey blew the integrity of the FBI by disclosing the investigation of Hillary and coming up with the wrong conclusion. Trump was treated as the evil outsider who knew nothing. No congressman or former president has as much business experience or has worked with as many people as Trump. Hillary could have lost the election on heir own because of: her arrogance, previous record starting in Arkansas,- the Clinton administration, and as Secretary of of State plus connections to Obama. Loyalty of pubic officials should be to the country not a person. No man can serve two masters. Friendships might be maintained, but that doesn't allow for backstabbing. People knew what they had in the 2016 election. Trump carried 31-32 states. The remark that Russia back funded the NRA is ridiculous, the attack against the 2nd amendment was well known. Resetting the button, drawing the line in the sand, selling of uranium, and Bill giving speeches for the Clinton Foundation is less collusion with Russia because Hillary was Secretary of State.. If the memo is true, and there was a plan to stop Trump at any cost or method, they are guilty of obstruction of justice.

YJ77
YJ77

Last time I checked, we still hadn't repealed the 4th Amendment.

YJ77
YJ77

With this type activity in the DoJ, FBI, and FISC; why would anyone trust any of those agencies to do their jobs apolitically unless they're ALL cleaned out from top down? Replace ALL the individuals down through 5 - 7 levels. Then review the private affairs of, polygraph 3 times, & insist on a new oath to Protect and Defend The Constitution of The United States for each & every person as in each of those agencies; prior to their getting an additional $0.01 of my tax $$. That would achieve several ends: Actually draining the most corrupt swamps other than on Capitol Hill, allowing the reexamination of people whose allegiances may have been corrupted over time by previous administrations, and leaving the fear of God in the ones who remain - You can't sell out the Privacy of the Citizens under the guise of Security.