FISA scandal

Yes, James Comey, facts really do matter

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

The Steele dossier was salacious. I mean, hookers urinating on a bed in Moscow? At the same time we officially learn that the Steele dossier was completely made up, we also learn that the most powerful lawmen in the land under the previous administration used the dossier to obtain secret warrants against political opponents at the height of a presidential election. Among all the government officials and press jackals exposed this week as liars and gullible idiots, perhaps none stands out more than former FBI Director James B. Comey, himself. Mrs. Comey, you should know that whenever your husband says “to my recollection,” he is lying to you. Sorry, Mr. Comey, facts REALLY DO matter.

The Obama’s Administration’s FISA Abuse Is a Massive Scandal

David Harsanyi, National Review

If your argument is that FISA abuse such as this goes on all the time . . . well, that too is a huge scandal for the Obama administration and the FBI. Hopefully the Republicans will change their position on surveillance powers. Whether they do or do not, however, does not mitigate the harm of this scandal. The media has lost all credibility on the issue. They can't walk it back. But I have no doubt that if a Republican administration had snooped on a Democratic-party candidate utilizing fabricated evidence and a fantastical opposition file — put together by a one-time foreign agent, no less — it would be treated as one of the biggest political scandals of the era. For good reason.