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The House Intel Memo

After all of the fanfare about whether the House Intelligence Committee Memo should have been released, we can now see what the fuss was about. In my view, the memo outlines a significant amount of serious government wrongdoing by the FBI and the Department of Justice.

But while the allegations of wrongdoing in the Memo are serious, it is hard for anyone following the matter not to ponder what a small percentage of the apparent misconduct this Memo details.

This Memo ignores so much, including the the fake investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email practices and the large scale unmaskings committed by the Obama administration. While there is no way to know for sure at this point, when this other wrongdoing is added to the picture, it is likely that we will have a situation of overwhelming partisan corruption conducted by the executive branch.

For now, what we have is the House Intelligence Committee Memo, and that is pretty serious. What does it charge?

The most important aspect of this investigation is easy to overlook. An administration of one party ran several investigations of the other party during a political campaign (while at the same time running a phony investigation of the candidate from its own party). This is an extremely sensitive situation. Such an investigation should be conducted in a scrupulous way. That is not what happened.

Instead, at least one aspect of the investigation—the application and reapplication for the FISA warrant—was conducted in partisan way that involved serious misconduct. The warrant would never have been sought without the dossier information. Yet, the information in the dossier was not corroborated (being at most “minimally corroborated”). In fact, the dossier information was the result of an investigation paid for by the Clinton campaign. The principal person responsible for the dossier, Christopher Steele, had admitted to strong bias against Trump becoming President, saying that he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.” Moreover, Steele was terminated as an FBI source for violating FBI rules. Still, and most importantly, none of this evidence of partisanship was supplied to the FISA court. Significantly, the failure to supply this information occurred not only in the first application, but in three more FISA renewals.

One could go on about the people involved in the application for the FISA warrant. They read like a who’s who of DOJ/FBI anti-Trump officials. The applications for the warrant were signed by the FBI’s then-Director James Comey, then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

Accepting as true the information contained in the memo, what do we have? An investigation of the political campaign of the other political party by the party in government that failed to follow the proper rules for such investigations. Governmental power of this type—which is exercised in secret—is subject to serious abuse. We know that. We appear to have evidence that such abuse occurred in this case. And it appears to be only the beginning.

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on February 05, 2018 at 10:32:23 am

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on February 05, 2018 at 13:23:05 pm

And it only gets worse, as it appears that the "salacious and unverified" (termed as such by that paragon of probity and rectitude, James Comey) dossier was based upon information supplied to Steele from CLINTON CAMPAIGN SURROGATES.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/laurettabrown/2018/02/05/grassley-graham-reveal-clinton-associates-fed-info-to-dossier-author-chris-steele-n2444619

Can we bring back the pillory and stockade for these buggers?

My how far we have come!

Mid -1960's: Berkeley Free Speech Movement
Mis teens: Berkeley "Quash the Conservative voice Movement

Early 1970's: Wash Post, NY Times, (and all MSM) Release the tapes, etc.
Mid Teens: Quash the Nunes Memo

Yeah, and this bunch of self-congratulatory bullshitters wants us to render unto them great acclaim as a result of a a film fantasy lovingly provided by their Hollywood sycophants called The Post..
Hey how about an update to the film, Hollywood?
Let's call it the Quash!!!

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gabe
on February 05, 2018 at 17:23:10 pm

My question is, what interest in an American election, could Steele, a Brit and former foreign agent, possibly have that would strain him to the point of desperation that Trump should not become President?

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Paul Binotto
on February 05, 2018 at 17:52:30 pm

[W]hat do we have? An investigation of the political campaign of the other political party by the party in government that failed to follow the proper rules for such investigations. Governmental power of this type—which is exercised in secret—is subject to serious abuse. We know that. We appear to have evidence that such abuse occurred in this case. And it appears to be only the beginning.

Indeed it does.

How thoughtful of Rappaport to remind us all of the perils of drawing conclusions based on politically biased, one-sided information. I hope he liked the taste of those words as they came out of his mouth. I’m keeping a copy of this web page, and I look forward to feeding these words back to him … one … by … one....

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nobody.really
on February 05, 2018 at 18:08:49 pm

"I look forward to feeding these words back to him … one … by … one…." - You crazy Progressives, is there anything you won't resort to in order to destroy the evidence. Ha-ha!!

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Paul Binotto
on February 05, 2018 at 18:11:50 pm

P.S. I wish I knew how to make the font style and size changes for quotes, like you did above and elsewhere; pretty cool.

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Paul Binotto
on February 05, 2018 at 20:01:53 pm

Paul,

Before the text you wish to quote type the "less than" symbol (same key as the comma), then the word blockquote then the "greater than" symbol (same key as the period).

Then paste the text you wish to quote and, following that, type the "less than" symbol, "forward slash," (/) then the word blockquote, then the "greater than" symbol.

Sometimes you can use square brackets instead of the "greater than" and "less than" symbols.

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z9z99
on February 05, 2018 at 21:15:06 pm
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nobody.really
on February 06, 2018 at 07:06:44 am

z9z99,

Thank you very much for sharing with me the formula for changing font style & size - I can't wait to try my hand at it!

Best,
-Paul

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Paul Binotto
on February 06, 2018 at 11:06:13 am

nobody:

Get off your *low* horse here.

Rappaport is writing to a bunch of us knuckleheads - not to a FISA court, nor to my knowledge is Rappaport surveilling the Fat Lady in a Pantsuit. I suspect, like many of us, his tastes are a bit more refined than to be absorbed gazing 9surveilling0 that hideous figure.

But again, you demonstrate the "wordsmiths" ability to becloud any and all waters with subtle innuendo and the ability to conflate the reportaing of actual events with the actual crime itself.

You are indeed a master of the craft.

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