House Intelligence Committee Chairman David Nunes says that getting the much-talked about FISA abuse memo released was only phase one and the committee is in the middle of phase two right now, which is investigations into corruption within other agencies in regards to the information revealed about how top level Obama anti-Trump officials used the unverified, Kremlin sourced Steele dossier, which was funded by the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign, to obtain a FISA warrant to surveil Trump campaign team members.
THE MEMO WAS THE TRAP
In short, the memo revealed what many in the Independent Media have long maintained: The unverified Steele dossier was used to obtained FISA approval to suveil the Trump campaign, without informing the court who funded it, where it came from, or that the information they were using was unverified; Former FBI Director James Comey signed three of the FISA applications; Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one of the FISA applications; Former DAG's Sally Yates and Dana Boente, and DAG Rod Rosenstein each signed off on one or more of the FISA applications on behalf of the DOJ.
When FNC's Bret Baier asked Nunes about the personal fallout, the accusations leveled against him in response to the release of the memo, which highlighted a conspiracy that implicates top officials, and former officials, of the FBI and the DOJ, Nunes' response is telling, a shot across the bow if you will.
Nunes' stated "Yes, it's actually quite enjoyable because -- because we have the underlying facts. We have been investigating this for a really long time. So, you know that you’re over the target when you’re being attacked from all sides."
TIME TO SPRING THE TRAP - #RELEASETHEDOCUMENTS
Before the memo was released (read embedded memo here), Democratic politicians tried to prevent the release to the full House of Representatives, then they attempt to prevent the release to Americans, while claiming the document, which was compiled by Nunes' and Republican staff, was "misleading," and "distorted," and now after the release of the memo which they fought tooth and nail to stop, they claim it was a "dud."
Question: If they thought the document was a dud, why did they fight so hard against the release?
Nunes' and House Republicans understood from the onset that the memo was just the "trap." 1. Allow Democrats, the media, the FBI and DOJ, to show the public how desperate they were to prevent the memo from being released. 2. Release the memo. 3. Then allow the same corruption apologists a little time to attempt to delegitimize the document as a political tool for Republicans. 4. Then spring the trap by releasing the underlying documents which prove each point of the memo.
The level of pushback against the release from the FBI and DOJ, made it very clear they understood the damage this information going public would do to not only the reputation of these agencies as a whole, but to top level Obama officials that were all part of the conspiracy to 1) Prevent Donald Trump from being elected, and; 2) Manufacture a "Russian collusion" narrative in an attempt to overthrow a sitting president.
Nunes' mention of "the underlying facts" was deliberate, because once Dems and the media fell into the original trap by claiming the "talking points" don't represent the classified documentation, the next logical move is to prove the "underlying facts" do in fact confirm the information contained within the memo.
This is evidenced by the initial letter signed by 65 House Republicans, back on January 19, 2018, which not only demanded the memo be released to the public, but also calling for the "relevant ancillary information," meaning the documented evidence that supports the assertions contained within the memo.
The fact is, if Democrats were so concerned that Nunes was "cherry picking" the facts, instead of writing a counter memo, which reportedly doesn't even attempt to contradict the FISA abuse memo, but offers other "cherry picked" facts, they would be full throttle on-board with releasing all the information, all the underlying documents, with sources and methods redacted for national security purposes, and let the chips fall where they may.
This is an argument made by 24 year veteran FBI Special Agent, Chris Swecker, in an op-ed titled "Shocking memo reveals how Comey disgraced an honorable FBI," where he informs readers that information circulating is that "the memo made public is just the tip of the iceberg," and that ex-FBI agents are "picking up information that the inspector general’s report will be far more graphic in detailing the misconduct of McCabe, Strzok and others more serious that what is in the memo released Friday."
Note -The Office of Inspector General has been running a year-long investigation into the actions of the FBI and DOJ in the run-up to the 2016 election, and any arising issues from that investigation. The IG provided congress with over a million documents already, and is credited with exposing the texts from FBI agent Peter Strzok, who played key roles in the Hillary Clinton private server investigation and "fixing" it so that she would be exonerated, and initiating the Russia probe investigation into the Trump campaign, to FBI lawyer Lisa Page. Those texts documented their anti-Trump and Pro-Clinton bias, as well as discussions between the two on ways to prevent a Trump presidency, and an "insurance policy" in the event that Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election.
Swecker also reveals some of what has been happening behind the scenes at the FBI, saying the FBI Director Christopher Wray has "apparently been given a preview of the Department of Justice inspector general’s investigation of the conduct of several FBI officials during the Clinton investigation." Swecker also reveals "Wray is very deliberately cleaning out the remnants of the Comey cabal on the FBI’s 7th Floor," in response to his preview of the IG report.
The last point made by Swecker is that rather than the FBI fighting against the release of this damning information about corruption in the agency, "the FBI should err on the side of transparency. Director Wray should make every effort to declassify the documents and affidavit supporting surveillance approved by the FISA Court."
The same argument for the declassification and release of all the related documentation is made by Tucker Carlson, who is joined by former U.S. Attorney for DC Joe DiGenova and Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton, where they discuss the memo, the underlying supporting evidence, with DiGenova saying "What is clear now as a result of the memorandum is that huge amounts of underlying intelligence have to be declassified, and have to be shown to the American people, so they can understand what Tom just described. That the FBI and the DOJ, basically conspired with the Democratic party, the DNC, the Hillary Clinton campaign, to exonerate her of violations of the Espionage Act, in the course of trying to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president, to frame him for a nonexistent crime of collusion."
Getting the FISA abuse memo was never the endgame, it was just the opening volley to force Democrats and the media to claim it was misleading and distorted, and to attempt to discredit the memo. The shortsightedness of the Democrats is astounding because the only way for them to prove their point, or the Republicans to prove theirs, is to declassify and release the underlying documentation.
Not one Democrat, or liberal media outlet is calling for that, yet dozens of Republican House members have, almost all conservative media outlets have, along with the majority of Trump supporters who want it all on the table.
Exit Question: If the media and Democrats are so sure that the underlying documentation will not confirm or verify the four-page FISA abuse memo, then why are they not joining our call for full transparency and demanding the declassification and release of relevant ancillary information?
They have stepped right into the trap and it is time to spring that trap and #ReleaseTheDocuments behind the memo.