Listen, this “memo” boondoggle is so laughably transparent in terms of what it is Devin Nunes and Trump are trying to do, that I’m not even sure what to say to anyone who takes it seriously, but on the off chance you do, we’ve embedded the whole thing below.
Essentially, it tries to argue that the FBI and the DoJ were concealing their anti-Trump bias in the course of monitoring Carter Page. The “evidence” presented is, well, seemingly flimsy but I’m not going to sit here and pretend like I’m a FISA expert. I mean, it doesn’t seem to discredit the investigation and it doesn’t seem to suggest that it was wrong to monitor Carter Page. Additionally, it basically admits that the investigation was already ongoing prior to the Page FISA applications and on top of that, it fails to mention any other evidence that was used to obtain the warrants in a pretty blatant attempt to try and make is seem as though the dossier was the only thing that was involved, an absurd proposition.
Oh, and although I’m not a FISA expert, Asha is:
And then there’s this:
Statement from @MarkWarner: “Unlike almost every House member who voted in favor of this memo's release, I have actually read the underlying documents on which the memo was based. They simply do not support its conclusions.” pic.twitter.com/mCc08YFxqL
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) February 2, 2018
Implicated in this allegedly nefarious plot are all the people you’d expect to implicated given what it is Trump’s trying to do. In fact, it almost seems like he could have sent Nunes a list of people who he wanted named because there’s Comey, McCabe, Yates, and Rosenstein.
Only one of those people hasn’t yet been fired or otherwise forced out and that person is Rosenstein who just happens to be overseeing the Mueller probe. Imagine that. And here’s what Trump said when a reporter asked him this morning if he still had confidence in Rosenstein:
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) February 2, 2018
Yes, “you’ll figure it out.”
So basically, he’s going to try and use what you’ll read below to get rid of Rosenstein and put someone else in charge of the Mueller probe and you can bet that someone else will “figure out” a reason to curtail or else shut it down altogether.
If you have a different read on this, do let us know.
Full Nunes memo