Nunes memo is hilariously unimpressive — Editorial

President Donald Trump speaks at the Republican National Committee winter meeting at the Trump International Hotel

The memo offers no such justification. They've also complained that former President Barack Obama ordered Trump Tower wiretapped during the 2016 campaign, that Obama aides improperly "unmasked" Trump aides and more. John Roberts has named every member of the current court, as a well as a separate three-judge panel to hear appeals of FISC orders, known as the Court of Review. Republicans often, as does the Nunes document, exclude any mention of the Washington Free Beacon's funding of Fusion GPS's research even before the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee inquired about retaining its services. Trump and Republicans on the House intelligence committee followed up on those attacks through the publication Friday of a GOP-authored memo that they say shows improper use of surveillance by the FBI in the initial stages of the investigation.

The counterintelligence investigation into Papadopoulos started in July 2016, months before the FISA application was made against Page in October 2016.

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) called the disclosures "very concerning" in a tweet and said "every American has a right to see this memo immediately".

"He went on to say that the intention of the memo was obviously to "sow confusion and chaos" around the Russia investigation". Because the IC distrusts Trump, its investigation of Trump's connections to Russia is therefore illegitimate.

Los Angeles Times The memo was classified as top secret.

However, that argument is being challenged from the other side.

"The sole purpose of the Republican document is to circle the wagons around the White House and insulate the president", according to the Democrats. Trump had five days to object to its release, but he declassified it on Friday.

This would add another instance of obstruction of justice by Trump and result in a constitutional crisis.

In a separate statement, FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) president Thomas O'Connor opposed the release of the memo.

It took 241 years for our citizens to build a nation that has been idolized by the rest of the world.

Is that a big deal?

FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe admitted to the committee that no warrant would have been sought without information from the dossier. If that information were helpful to President Donald Trump, wouldn't you have expected them to include it in The Memo?

But the president was undeterred. "If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin's job for him". "That's it?" Comey said on Twitter.

So how important was the dossier to obtain surveillance?

"This memo is not an indictment of the F.B.I., of the Department of Justice". Then why does the candy factory get one for the same reasons? For the first time the Russians now know the precise dates that Carter Page was under electronic surveillance. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said Nunes should be stripped of his committee chairmanship. "We are honest people and we did this in that way".

Does Sandi realize that the FBI works for us and not for political gain?

No foreign intelligence service could learn anything from the House Republicans' memo except that the FBI retailed the mercenary inventions of a retired British spook and concealed the provenance of its information. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats also privately expressed reservations about releasing the document. "Where Nunes' memo is brief, undocumented and fails to provide data germane to the case it purports to make, the Democrats' response is in-depth, thorough, complete, and fully annotated".

This article was originally published at 10:40 a.m.


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