The best-laid schemes of mice and men oft’ times go awry. – Robert Burns
FoxNews.com reported yesterday that
The House Intelligence Committee on Monday evening voted to release a classified memo circulating in Congress that purportedly reveals government surveillance abuses.
The vote was announced to reporters by California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee, who called it a “very sad day, I think, in the history of this committee.” The motion passed on a party-line basis, he said.
President Trump now has five days to decide whether he has any objections before the memo can be publicly released.
Last week, a top Justice Department official urged House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes not to release the memo, saying it would be “extraordinarily reckless” and could harm national security and ongoing investigations.
The four-page memo has being described by GOP lawmakers as “shocking,” “troubling” and “alarming,” with one congressman likening the details to KGB activity in Russia.
Those who have seen the document suggest it reveals what role the unverified anti-Trump “dossier” played in the application for a surveillance warrant on at least one Trump associate.
Schiff said the GOP-majority committee also voted against releasing a counter memo written by Democrats.
“Today this committee voted to put the president’s personal interests, perhaps their own political interests, above the national interests,” the Democrat said.
Another Democratic member, Mike Quiqley of Illinois, described the GOP memo as “a book report by a high school kid at 1 a.m. on two Red Bulls who hasn’t read the book.”
“It’s a contravention of the facts,” he added. “Today was a demonstration that there are no more rules.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement that the committee’s Republicans had “crossed from dangerous irresponsibility and disregard for our national security into the realm of cover up” and “disregarded the warnings of the Justice Department and the FBI.”
“Chairman Nunes’ memo contains significant inaccuracies and omissions that misrepresent the underlying intelligence and jeopardize the effectiveness of our intelligence and law enforcement communities,” Pelosi added.
The vote came the same day that it was reported that FBI official Andrew McCabe has left his post as deputy director.
The White House seems to favor the memo’s release, but wouldn’t explicitly say whether the president will back the effort.
“We want full transparency,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday. “That’s what we have said all along.”
Sanders said they were letting the process play out before officially weighing in.
On Sunday, FBI Director Christopher Wray went to the Capitol to view the four-page memo, sources told Fox News.
According to one source, Wray was asked to point out inaccuracies or other issues with the wording — and said he would need “his people to take a look at it.” The source said the review is ongoing.
South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, who helped write the four-page memo, said Sunday he wants it made public.
He also suggested the memo indeed addresses whether the FBI relied at least in part on the dossier — paid for partially by Democrats and the Clinton campaign during the 2016 presidential election — to apply to a secret federal court to get a surveillance warrant, purportedly on then-Trump adviser Carter Page.
“If you … want to know whether or not the dossier was used in court proceedings, whether or not it was vetted before it was used. … If you are interested in who paid for the dossier … then, yes, you’ll want the memo to come out,” Gowdy told “Fox News Sunday.”
The dossier was compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele and contained opposition research on Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. Steele was hired by the U.S. firm Fusion GPS, which commissioned the research with funding from the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. At the same time, the firm was allegedly doing work to help the Russian government fight sanctions.
Requests for surveillance warrants are made through the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, also known as the FISA court, and target suspected foreign spies inside the United States.
Responding to reports the U.S. extended surveillance on him last spring, Carter Page told Fox News that U.S.-Russia relations have been “dominated by misunderstandings throughout much of the past 70 years, since the original McCarthy era. I harbor no ill will towards anyone for past xenophobic biases and only hope that justice is eventually served.”
For those of us who are news /political junkies, the past couple of years have been positively amazing.
America has witnessed the rise of an American Businessman/Entrepreneur/Television Star, whom none of the “Political Pundits”, both amateur and professional, gave a snowball’s chance in July, become President of the United States of America..
And, when the “impossible” happened on November 8, 2016, it turned the world of these pundits and that of the Democratic Party, the Main Stream Media, Internet Trolls, and the rest of Modern American Liberals topsy-turvy.
When it was happening, I always wondered why the Democratic Party was not more worried about Donald J. Trump than they were, since it was obvious to anyone who did not live on the East or Left Coast that the Democrats’ Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton, was a lousy choice.
Now, like you, gentle readers, I have come to realize that the Democrats were not overly worried that Trump would defeat the Queen of Mean because they knew that the fix was in.
They knew that Deep State Operatives, working within the Department of Justice and the FBI, were working behind the scenes to make sure that Trump would not win the election and become our 45th President.
Thank God they underestimated average Americans and our desire to end the National Nightmare of the previous 8 years under the Obama Administration’s failed policies, foreign and domestic.
Once Trump got in, the fake Russian Collusion Narrative was presented to the MSM, the Democrat’s Propaganda Arm, who repeated it morning, noon, and night, especially after Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to “investigate” the Trump Campaign.
If you seriously look at the intricacy and all of the moving parts involved in floating this false narrative, it is both impressive…and chilling.
It is also treasonous.
Which explains the reaction of those who have seen the 4-page FISA Memo, including FBI Director Christopher Wray, who told Andrew McCabe to go ahead and “retire” and not to let the screen door hit him where the Good Lord split him.
The reaction of Democrats and the Main Stream Media (but, I repeat myself) has been no less harsh.
The Congressional Democrats threatened to write their own memo and release it, abruptly deep-sixing that idea when they realized the severity of the situation they now face.
Instead, both they and the Liberal Political Pundits on television and Twitter are reacting like schoolyard bullies and Internet Trolls do when someone fights back.
They are whining and crying incessantly, blaming everything on Trump. Or, like Schiff, they are blaming average Americans for not realizing that we are too ignorant to understand all of this “high level secret information”.
To illustrate what they are sounding like, please allow me to share a story in closing that a friend posted on Facebook the other day…
A policeman is driving in a neighborhood one day when he sees a little boy sitting in a little red wagon, being pulled by a cat which has a rope tied around its…err…privates. The policeman gets out of his car and asks the little boy,
“Hey, sport! Why don’t you have your rope tied around that cat’s neck? You may be able to go faster.”
The little boy looks up at the officer and replies,
“Yes. sir. But, then I wouldn’t have a siren.”
The Deep State Operatives in the DOJ and the FBI, the Democrat Leadership, and the Main Stream Media are the cat.
Trump is the little boy.
Until He Comes,