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Here is the Biggest "Explosion" in the Nunes Memo

George Papadopoulos triggered this investigation, not Carter Page.

I think the biggest explosion in the Nunes memo is the one that the memo seems to want to downplay.

The memo notes that the counter-intelligence investigation began in July of 2016 based on George Papadopoulos's drunken encounter with the Australian ambassador at a bar in London. The FISA application for Carter Page came in October of 2016 and was based, in part, on that Papadopoulos episode.

Additionally, information from the Steele dossier played a role in the Page FISA application.

But this is the explosion, though more a bang than a mushroom cloud: the memo downplays the Papadopoulos bit, putting it at the end of the memo, but chronologically it came before the FISA application and led to the FISA application when coupled with the Steele dossier. The investigation had already begun because of Papadopoulos, not because of Carter Page. Page got dragged into it. There is no evidence of conspiracy between Page and Papadopoulos, but as the memo notes, "The Page FISA application also mentions information regarding fellow Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, but there is no evidence of any cooperation or conspiracy between Page and Papadopoulos."

How is all this an explosion?

(a) This was a counter-intelligence investigation, not a criminal investigation like some have claimed.

(b) Papadopoulos's incident triggered it, not the Christopher Steele dossier.

(c) Nunes, by pushing the precipitating factor to the last paragraph and focusing on Page, downplays that.

(d) The whole thing again reflects the lack of any tangible connection directly to the President. Papadopolous was a bit player in London and Page was and is an idiot.

(e) I'll just quote from the memo, "Deputy Director McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without Steele dossier information."

The fact that the FBI and DOJ tried to prevent the release of this info, because of its classified nature, makes me question the current FBI and DOJ. I see why they didn't want it out, but how is any of that classified to the point that release of it has any negative connotation (for America, not just for those agencies).

You DON'T? Then you had better either do some research, or stop voting. NO branch of government should be involved with our elections, especially if they are working for or against a particular candidate.

What if Trump hadn't won? And what if Trump hadn't won because of things people in government were doing? If they can rig the vote once they can rig it again, and again, and again. FYI the end result would eventually be a dictatorship because those in government can rig things for whomever they want in office.

once the government has power it never wants to give it up. and it always wants more. it would be awesome if the FISA courts were discontinued, or made courts of public record and held accountable for misdeeds, but it is unlikely to happen. maybe hopefully the best we can hope for is cleaning house at the FBI and DOJ

does anyone have a list of all the government agencies the Obama admin used as weapons against the American people? start out with the IRS, EPA, DOJ under Eric Holder, and now add the FBI.

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