The F.B.I. seems likely to have pointed out to the court that Page, a frequent visitor to Russia, had been on the radar of its counterintelligence division for several years, and that two suspected Russian intelligence agents, one of whom the Justice Department subsequently charged, had tried to recruit him as a spy, in 2013. Did the FBI have an ethical or legal obligation to disclose that the information they provided to a judge was paid for by the political opposition and that the author of the oppo research, Christopher Steele, had a fiscal and ideological reason to peddle it?
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who previously created a short-lived firestorm over a non-scandal about "unmasking" names from surveillance, tried his best to assist President Donald Trump by concocting and Friday releasing a memo that sought to sabotage the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and Trump's subsequent efforts to disrupt that investigation.
"I believe it is a matter of fundamental fairness that the American people be allowed to see both sides of the argument and make their own judgments", said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer.
The four-page memo (read it for yourself here) alleges that the FBI was overly reliant on information in the controversial Steele dossier when applying for a warrant to secretly monitor Trump aide Carter Page. It was not immediately clear whether Republicans would join Democrats in voting for the document's release, as some members of the GOP have expressed concerns about its contents.
Following the document's release, FBI boss Christopher Wray backed his staff, promising to defend them after the Bureau was accused of being biased against the President.
"This memo totally vindicates 'Trump' in probe", Trump tweeted Saturday morning. In December, he posted a Bible verse after news broke that former national security adviser Michael Flynn would plead guilty to lying to the FBI and would cooperate with the Mueller probe.
The memo states that Former FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, and former Attorney General Sally Yates were all required to sign off on the FISC warrant application before it was reviewed and ultimately approved.
But according to Cotter, the memo leaves out information that would be critical to determining if the FISA court ruling was correct. So were his handlers who ignored his leaks to the media until he "was suspended and then terminated as an FBI source for what the FBI defines as the most serious of violations-an unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship with the FBI". Well, yes, and so is everything that Adam Schiff does.
"The dossier has nothing to do with the meeting at Trump Tower", he said. "I wish that they were equally concerned about what's not in the FISA application'".
".The dossier has nothing to do with an email sent by Cambridge Analytica..."
Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was an Obama holdover who had foolishly tried to use the DOJ to go to war with President Trump. That's how badly they want to get Trump.
This would not be the case if not for Nunes's antics - which Trump backed. (The television isn't going to watch itself.) He explained that reading is unnecessary to do his job anyway, because: "I'm a very efficient guy".
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