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The Coach’s Team (TCT) offers the best in conservative essays along with articles taken from various internet sites. The victory of Donald Trump has provided a God-sent opportunity to reverse the years of willful damage done our nation by Barack Hussein Obama.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.