Right wing pundits seem to have received the Nunes memo before anyone else. Almost as if this is all a planned political attack rather than an effort at transparency. And the right wing pundits say the memo claims Andy McCabe admitted that the Steele dossier was how the FISA warrant got authorized, and never mind that Carter Page was under surveillance even before he joined the Trump campaign.
3 Things to remember on NunesDay:
1) Nunes authored a far more privacy invasive expansion of FISA spying passed 2 weeks ago, while working on memo
2) Nunes was transition official; a guilty plea has already come out of transition
3) Page was not part of campaign when targeted
Ã¢ÂÂ emptywheel (@emptywheel) February 2, 2018
holy crap there were FOUR surveillance warrants on Carter Page.
y’know, the guy who worked for Trump
Ã¢ÂÂ Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) February 2, 2018
Also remember: The GOP may be claiming that McCabe’s testimony is some sort of smoking gun, but they’re not allowing release of the full McCabe transcript. And don’t forget Papadopoulos— even the memo doesn’t. Oops.
So Team Nunes is admitting that Papadopoulos triggered the FBI’s Russia investigation — not the Steele dossier? pic.twitter.com/2A3Mf4P1Of
Ã¢ÂÂ Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) February 2, 2018
I asked the FBI if their extraordinary statement saying they had Ã¢ÂÂgrave concernsÃ¢ÂÂ that the Nunes memo had “material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memoÃ¢ÂÂs accuracyÃ¢ÂÂ still stands.
The FBI, just now: Ã¢ÂÂIt does.Ã¢ÂÂ https://t.co/UIVadOB2He
Ã¢ÂÂ Ryan J. Reilly Ã°ÂÂ¦Â (@ryanjreilly) February 2, 2018
Almost as if they’re cherry-picking and lying to create a false narrative to undermine an investigation into collusion with a hostile foreign power to undermine our democratic institutions.
How dangerous is this? Three top Russian spies were allowed into the United States last week, even though one of them is under sanctions. Just as Trump refused to comply with the law on Russian sanctions. Marcy Wheeler has a breakdown that must be read in full. It’s chilling.
The lights are no longer blinking red. Sirens are screaming.
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