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White House Nails Democrat Memo On Spying Scandal #HeadsMustRoll

After weeks of complaining and claiming that House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Devin Nunes’ memo did not tell the whole story of the Obama-era spying on President Trump and his campaign, the Democrat countermemo has been released.

Having read the declassified public version, we can say with authority it does nothing to rebut the frightening Trump on Democrat memorevelations brought to light by the Republican majority on the Committee.

(Don’t let those who spied on President Trump skate like Lois Lerner did, sign our letter to Congress demanding a Special Counsel and select committee to investigate them.)

The White House press office termed the Democratic effort “nothing more than a hyper-partisan effort to obscure and deflect from deeply troubling potential abuses of the FISA court brought to light by Intelligence Committee Republicans” and we would have to agree.

In a statement issued post the release of the Democratic memo, the White House noted that Democrats have utterly failed to rebut key findings of the Nunes Memo, including that:

DOJ apparently never divulged to the FISA court that information compiled by Christopher Steele – which was a basis for an application for surveillance of a former Trump campaign advisor – was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Law enforcement officials knew that Steele adamantly opposed Donald Trump – he said, for example, that he was “desperate” to derail Trump’s candidacy – but DOJ apparently did not include this information in its FISA applications.

Then-FBI Deputy Director Andy McCabe testified before the Intelligence Committee that FBI would not have sought FISA surveillance without the Steele dossier information.

The wife of a now-demoted DOJ official, Bruce Ohr, worked for the DNC- and Clinton-funded firm compiling the Steele dossier (Fusion GPS) and in that capacity helped perform opposition research on Donald Trump, and Ohr himself had a relationship with Steele. 

The White House statement also hit Democrats and, without naming him directly, former FBI Director James Comey, who have alternately criticized Chairman Devin Nunes for releasing his memo, and then claimed it was much ado about nothing, by pointing-out the Nunes memo is important because it revealed:

The potential that the investigative process at the FBI has been tainted by improper political motives, as evidenced by text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page that include expletive-laden insults against Donald Trump’s candidacy and a reference to an “insurance policy” in the event of a Trump victory.

Then-President Obama’s apparent desire to be kept apprised of work performed by Strzok and others.

Steele’s potentially misleading and untruthful statements; the FBI’s continued reliance on the Steele dossier despite terminating Steele as a source; and Steele’s own connections to Russian operatives and the extent to which the Clinton campaign and DNC may have supported these connections.

Irregularities in Congress’s investigation, including efforts by Democratic members to obtain information from Ukrainian and Russian sources.

Congress’s continued failure to get to the bottom of the Clinton e-mail scandal, particularly in light of concerns that improper political considerations may have influenced senior law enforcement officials’ decisions with respect to the handling of that matter.

(If you want to help make sure those who signed the spurious FISA warrant applications pay sign our letter to Congress.)

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders summed-up the Democratic memo this way, “While the Democrats’ memorandum attempts to undercut the President politically, the President supported its release in the interest of transparency. Nevertheless, this politically driven document fails to answer serious concerns raised by the Majority’s memorandum about the use of partisan opposition research from one candidate, loaded with uncorroborated allegations, as a basis to ask a court to approve surveillance of a former associate of another candidate, at the height of a presidential campaign. As the Majority’s memorandum stated, the FISA judge was never informed that Hillary Clinton and the DNC funded the dossier that was a basis for the Department of Justice’s FISA application. In addition, the Minority’s memo fails even to address the fact that the Deputy FBI Director told the Committee that had it not been for the dossier, no surveillance order would have been sought. As the President has long stated, neither he nor his campaign ever colluded with a foreign power during the 2016 election, and nothing in today’s memo counters that fact.”

Clearly, the FISA process is only as good as the people who participate in its processes. If the Lois Lerner “no one is responsible” scenario is allowed to playout again in the Trump surveillance case, then the Deep State will win again.

We urge CHQ readers to join us in using the social media hashtag #HeadsMustRoll and to sign our letter to Congress demanding a Special Counsel and select committee to investigate the abuses of the FISA process disclosed in the Nunes memo. This time heads must roll, or constitutional liberty will continue to be subvert by arrogant and unaccountable operatives of our own government.

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