The Nunes memo was made public yesterday, and it was a potentially huge gift to the resistance. To call the memo a dud would be an understatement. It’s goal was widely described as trying to discredit the Mueller investigation by suggesting that a key FISA warrant authorizing surveillance on Trump-aid Carter Page was not proper, and therefore the entire investigation was invalid and the entire Justice Department and FBI were corrupt.
But the memo actually confirmed that the investigation had been going on long before the disputed FISA warrant. Carter Page was a Russian target and asset for YEARS and was known to our IC community long before he joined Team Trump. So to discredit the entire investigation by disputing a single FISA warrant is laughable. Here’s what we know. Carter Page was in constant contact with Russian spies. The FBI was able to get a warrant to listen to his communications. That warrant was renewed three times, each almost certainly because the prior version had produced fruitful information and intelligence for law enforcement.
One of the three subsequent warrants referred to the now-famous Steele dossier–which the GOP considers to be the most horrible, earth-shattering, beyond-Watergate scandal ever, even though Steele was a known and trusted intel source from England and had provided legitimate and useful intel in the past, not to mention the fact that most of the items in the dossier have already been proven, and NONE have thus far been dis-proven. In other words, the GOP outrage machine was and is grasping at straws trying desperately to curtail the investigation into a corrupt president.
The Nunes memo added almost nothing that wasn’t already publicly known, and mostly confirmed that Carter Page was exactly the kind of American citizen that deserved to be under surveillance. As a point of law, the Nunes memo was so poorly written that many legal analysts were describing it as not worthy of a first-year legal associate, which once again demonstrates that Team Trump is filled with incompetent second-raters way over their heads.
But despite the fact that the memo contained nothing, and was a total media disaster, the important point to keep in mind is that anyone in the Fox News bubble (especially Sean Hannity) still thinks it’s the worst thing that has ever happened to our nation, and their hair is on fire with faux outrage.
We have to beat back their insane “worst thing ever” fabrication and make sure our so-called leaders know that the memo proves Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation. Trump called the targets of the memo “disgraceful.” But the real disgrace here is a corrupt (and possibly criminal) president, an immoral and complicit GOP leadership, and a propaganda network masquerading as “news”. They will all learn a lesson. Don’t ever bet against the FBI.