Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Left’s Memo Hysteria



The following article appeared in Frontpage Magazine on February 6th

The Dems’ meltdown is in full effect.


Democrats and other left-wingers melted down in unison over the weekend after the release of a congressional memo asserting that Obama-era officials relied on the discredited Trump-Russia dossier to obtain court-ordered foreign-intelligence wiretaps against U.S. citizens in a bid to reverse the results of the 2016 presidential election.

The extended freakout came after the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence publicly unveiled a newly declassified four-page report detailing intelligence surveillance abuses perpetrated by the Obama administration during the past election cycle. As expected, the document confirmed more or less all the terrible things we've been hearing about the disgraced Federal Bureau of Investigation and its parent agency, the U.S. Department of Justice.
Sen. Blumenthal
One of the more outrageous examples of hyperbole came from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who absurdly claimed "the release of this memo is really reminiscent of the darkest days of the McCarthy era.”

As left-wingers see things, when governmental transparency exposes Republican wrongdoing, it is noble, patriotic, and just. When it exposes Democrat wrongdoing, it is terrorism and treason.

Democrats shrieked so loudly in protest of the memo's release: it indicts them. (Full memo here.)

The Left tried to use the power of government to rig a presidential election, and then when that failed, to frame Donald Trump for an offense he did not commit – “collusion” – that isn’t even actually a crime.

As expected, the memo provides evidence that during the 2016 election cycle top officials in the Obama administration abused their authority to obtain surveillance warrants against members of President Trump’s election campaign from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

The memo makes clear that DoJ and FBI officials relied on the ridiculous "piss-gate" dossier filled with Kremlin-supplied misinformation about President Trump's virtually nonexistent ties to Russia to obtain surveillance warrants from the secret court. 
Christopher Steele

The dossier by rent-a-spook Christopher Steele, whom the memo reveals as a frothing-at-the-mouth Trump-hater, was a Democrat work product. Steele was paid $160,000 by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign via the Perkins Coie law firm and Fusion GPS. Obama administration officials knew this and committed a fraud on the court by withholding the information. In fact, the administration, that is, the FBI, “had separately authorized payment to Steele for the same information," according to the memo.

The Obama administration compounded the fraud on the court by presenting a Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff, the journalist who had the sex scandal story involving President Bill Clinton and intern Monica Lewinsky but suppressed it, as supposed corroboration for the dossier, knowing that the article didn't contain actual reporting and was a mere regurgitation of the dossier’s major points. The memo states, "This article does not corroborate the Steele dossier because it is derived from information leaked by Steele himself to Yahoo News." Of course, information about the leaking was conveniently left out of court documents.

On (at least) four occasions the Obama administration committed a grotesque abuse of process, the memo suggests, by failing to disclose the origins of the dossier in applications for surveillance of Carter Page, an American citizen and obscure Trump campaign volunteer. Democrats now dispute what the secret court was told about the provenance of the dossier, but once again, they’re probably lying.

Russia supposedly tried and failed repeatedly to recruit Page as a spy, but despite this big nothing-burger of a data point, the corrupt leadership of the DoJ and FBI wouldn't drop Page as a target because he was part of the Trump campaign. He was too valuable to them as a means of undermining Trump.

The Steele dossier was the sine qua non of the strategy. Without it, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court would not have granted a warrant against Page.

The dossier's centrality to the plot is not a figment of Republicans' imagination.

As the memo states, "Deputy Director [Andrew] McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information."

Everything Trump-haters said about the memo last week before it was released turned out to be lies and what they said after it was made public amounted to legalistic parsing, distortions, and misdirection.

(Article continues HERE)


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