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Over objections of law enforcement, Trump declassifies and House releases controversial partisan memo on Russia probe

February 2, 2018, 11:07 a.m. Updated February 2, 2018, 11:43 a.m.


WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Friday released a partisan and bitterly disputed memo that they say shows surveillance abuses in the early stages of the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia.

The memo, prepared by Republicans on the House intelligence committee, says there was "a troubling breakdown of legal processes" in the Russia investigation.

President Donald Trump, who advocated for the memo's release over the fierce objections of the Justice Department and the FBI, told reporters the document shows "a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves."

"I think it's terrible," Trump said. "You want to know the truth. I think it's a disgrace. What's going on in this country, I think it's a disgrace."

The memo, which the FBI has said is inaccurate and missing critical context, asserts that current and former FBI and Justice Department leaders signed off on a surveillance warrant to monitor communications of a former Trump campaign associate.

The document also asserts that opposition research, conducted by a British spy and funded in part by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign, formed a critical basis for the allegations contained in the warrant application.

They say that research should not have been a basis for the warrant because it contains unproven allegations.

The release of the memo is likely to further divide Trump and his FBI and Justice Department leaders, and the president lashed out anew on Friday morning on Twitter. He has supported the memo release in apparent hopes that it could help undermine the probe being led by special counsel Robert Mueller, which he has called a "witch hunt."

"The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans - something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!" Trump tweeted.

The tweet came as U.S. news coverage was dominated by reports that the FBI and the Justice Department had objected strenuously to the memo's release. Earlier this week, the FBI declared it had "grave concerns" about its accuracy.

Trump's tweet and his approval of the memo release set up a clash with the man he picked to lead the FBI, Christopher Wray, after firing James Comey as agency director. It also seemed at odds with House Speaker Paul Ryan who said a day earlier "this memo is not an indictment of the FBI or the Department of Justice."

Democrats say the memo cherry-picks intelligence in an effort to smear law enforcement investigating whether Trump associates collaborated with Russia to sway the 2016 presidential election.

"This is designed to impugn the credibility of the FBI, to undermine the investigation, to give the president additional fodder to attack the investigation. And it's a tremendous disservice to the American people," Rep. Adam Schiff, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said on CBS "This Morning."

The document was written by GOP lawmakers as part of an effort to reveal what Republicans say are surveillance abuses by the FBI and the Justice Department early in Russia investigation, before special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to take it over.

White House officials say Trump intends to clear the way for publication of the memo. One White House official said Congress would probably be informed of Trump's decision Friday, adding that the president was "OK" with its release. A second White House official said Trump was likely to declassify the congressional memo but the precise method for making it public was still being figured out. The officials were not authorized to be quoted about private deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The House intelligence panel voted along party lines Monday to put the memo out, giving Trump five days to reject the release under committee rules. But Trump also has the power to declassify the document himself and either release it or hand it to Congress to release. One of the White House officials said the memo would be in "Congress' hands" after Trump declassified it and there were unlikely to be any redactions to the document.

Senior FBI officials, including Wray, have also made direct appeals to the White House, warning that it could set a dangerous precedent.

Democrats on the intelligence panel made a last-ditch effort Wednesday evening to stop the release, saying the memo had been "secretly altered" by the Republicans who wrote it. In a letter to the House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, Schiff wrote that committee Democrats had discovered changes that were made after the vote Monday.

"The White House has therefore been reviewing a document since Monday night that the committee never approved for public release," Schiff said in the letter.

Schiff asked Nunes for another vote on the memo, but Republicans didn't appear to waver. Nunes spokesman Jack Langer said the committee vote was "procedurally sound."

"To suggest otherwise is a bizarre distraction from the abuses detailed in the memo, which the public will hopefully soon be able to read for themselves," Langer said.

This all comes as special counsel Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign improperly coordinated with Russia and whether Trump sought to obstruct the inquiry by, among other actions, firing Comey. Republicans have intensified their pressure on the Justice Department as Mueller's probe has moved closer to Trump's inner circle.

Trump has been telling confidants in recent days that he believes the document will validate his concerns that the FBI and Justice Department conspired against him, according to one outside adviser familiar with those conversations but not authorized to speak publicly about private discussions.

The president also has told allies that he believes the memo bolsters his claim that accusations of collusion between his campaign and Russian officials are false and part of a conspiracy to discredit his election.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer are pressing House Speaker Paul Ryan to stop the release.

Comey weighed in on Twitter as well: "All should appreciate the FBI speaking up. I wish more of our leaders would. But take heart: American history shows that, in the long run, weasels and liars never hold the field, so long as good people stand up. Not a lot of schools or streets named for Joe McCarthy."


Paul Youk 4 months, 2 weeks ago

More abominable nonsense, just a contrived pretext to fire Rosenstein, so Trump can put in a lackey who will fire Mueller. We're waayyyyy past Watergate, this is not only Obstruction of Justice at a level we've never seen, we're also basically in a constitutional crisis.

RemoveNunes #ProtectMueller

Paul Youk 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Ask yourself, if Trump is innocent and not Putin's asset, why is he ignoring the law and 517-5 combined House and Senate vote for Russian sanctions, while working over times with this Nunes lackey to set up another round of Obstructing the FBI?

The answer is simple: He is guilty as sin.

Steve Jacob 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Still not sure what Trump did, but even UN Ambassador Haley has said Russia meddled with our election, and should be sanctions.

Marc Wilborn 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Let me summarize it for you.

The Steele dossier formed an essential part of the intial and all three renewal FISA applications against Carter Page.

  • Andrew McCabe confirmed that no FISA warrant would have been sought from the FISA Court without the Steele dossier information.

  • The political origins of the Steele dossier were known to senior DOJ and FBI officials, but excluded from the FISA applications.

  • DOJ official Bruce Ohr met with Steele beginning in the summer of 2016 and relayed to DOJ information about Steele's bias. Steele told Ohr that he, Steele, was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected president and was passionate about him not becoming president.

Lastly, FBI leaked information to news outlets who then turned around and used these same news outlets as corroborating evidence for the Steele dossier.

No dossier, no special counsel.

Joe Blackford II 4 months, 2 weeks ago

OK, but you failed to mention your falsehood ("No dossier, no special counsel") was NOT found to be the case.

"The memo does not appear to allege any violation of federal law. The memo also does not claim the Russia investigation was started with the dossier."

Marc Wilborn 4 months, 2 weeks ago

"The memo does not appear to allege any violation of federal law. The memo also does not claim the Russia investigation was started with the dossier."

That's really grand. Lying to get a FISA warrant is probably more than a crime.

Paul Youk 4 months, 2 weeks ago

You are wrong, twice.

First,"No dossier, no special counsel" is wrong--even the Nunes memo directly corroborates that information from Papadopoulos triggered the FBI investigation. That information came from a top Australian diplomat--the person that Papadopoulos drunkenly spilled his guts too.

Second, dead wrong on Steele and his 'bias'. Steele was working for Fusion GPS, and had no idea who hired Fusion. The layer of separation was standard operating procedure, because it produces better, more accurate intelligence and helps to prevent any potential conflicts of interest. Also, Nunes memo is intentionally misrepresenting the facts in allegeding a pro-DNC bias behind Steele dossier; Fusion GPS were originally hired by Republicans conducting opposition research on Trump--the bulk of incriminating evidence was gathered while Republicans were paying for the research.

Fusion GPS only wanted--and received--straight-forward, honest, professionally gathered intelligence, the bulk of which was fundamentally accurate. Steele's dossier is a big problem for Trump because the crimes, 'kompromat' and conflicts of interests it describes are true, and Trump has done nothing but commit additional crimes and obstructions in trying to obscure these facts and the ability of the Russian investigation to independently operate.

Scott Burkhart 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Yeah, I would have liked to have heard the "Papadopoulos Argument" when obtaining the FISA warrant. "Your Honor, we have a contact who alleges to have sources in Russia and related this information to an Australian diplomat. This contact related this information over drinks in a bar in London. What was that, your honor?.....Yes, this contact was allegedly drunk." A high school, business law student would know better than to try to pass off four-way hearsay to a court as evidence.

You libs lie to yourselves and are blinded by your own animus toward President Trump. The FBI and DOJ were corrupt at the top and either were going to derail the Trump campaign or delegitimize his presidency.

Marc Wilborn 4 months, 2 weeks ago

FBI investigation..... not FISA warrant. The FBI lied to get the FISA warrant by neglecting to fully explain where all of the information came from.

Steele had no idea who hired him? That's a laugh. Google Rose Firm billing records to get a whiff

Scott Burkhart 4 months, 2 weeks ago

From The Hill: Ohr’s wife worked for Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that was behind the Steele dossier. The memo states that Ohr provided Steele’s opposition research to the FBI.

When the FBI interviewed Ohr about his relationship with Steele, he stated that the British spy was “desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president,” according to the memo.

Gary Stussie 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Did you read the Memo?

The memo claims then-FBI director Andrew McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that “no surveillance warrant would have been sought” from the FISA court “without the Steele dossier information.” The application did not indicate that the dossier was paid for, in part, by the DNC and Clinton team.

According to the memo, Steele told Ohr he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.”

Steele's conversations revealed "clear evidence of Steele's bias," the memo says, but they were not disclosed in any of the Page FISA applications.

"While the FISA application relied on Steele's past record of credible reporting on other unrelated matters, it ignored or concealed his anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations," the memo continues.

Don't embarrass yourself, Comey and MaCabe testimony will eventually be released.

Greg Cooper 4 months, 2 weeks ago

That the Steele info was paid for by the DNC makes no difference. Paid informants are a part of the justice system: their information must be vetted just as info from the police, FBI or any other source. It's information, Gary, information that may or may not be considered in any civil or criminal investigation. So, big deal. Doesn't decrease the information's value in any way, so long as it can be verified, just as any other evidence gathered by any other source.

Also, an informant's political bent must be considered, of course. But, the basic information gathered can be verified or vilified and treated as such. It's still information and still germane to the issue.

Gary Stussie 4 months, 2 weeks ago

"information from Papadopoulos triggered the FBI investigation" ... but not of Page or Trump:

The memo says information about Papadopoulos, the other low-level Trump adviser, triggered the opening of the Russia investigation by FBI agent Peter Strzok. The memo says information on Papadopoulos was included in the FISA warrant application despite “no evidence of any cooperation or conspiracy” between Page and Papadopoulos. It also cites Strzok’s role in the Clinton email case.

The memo says text messages between Strzok and Lisa Page, an FBI attorney, show a “clear bias against Trump and in favor of Clinton, whom Strzok had also investigated." The memo says texts between Strzok and Page show them “orchestrating leaks to the media” and referring to a meeting with McCabe to discuss an “insurance” policy against Trump’s election.

Greg Cooper 4 months, 2 weeks ago

This non-issue of political favoritism for a candidate is not germane. Each and every American has the right to discuss his/her preferences and prejudices in any way to anyone. The real issue is whether that person does the job for which he/she is employed. So far, no evidence exists that denigrates the information gathered and disseminated by those people is in any way tainted. It's information, Gary, and should be treated as such. What is being said by the memo is that, because an American exercised his rights to speak, all information put forth by him is "fake" and should not be considered. That's shows complete ignorance of and respect for the justice system. Just as the Republican Party seems to think is just peachy.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Carter Page was being investigated as early as 2013, before Trump was a serious candidate, so how was this interfering with Trump's campaign. Trump hired a guy who was being investigated. Perhaps they should have warned Trump, but they didn't, and Trump didn't vet him very well, as well as not vetting several others in his campaign. All you have to do to get close to Trump is tell him he is the greatest.

Scott Burkhart 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Carter Page was working with the FBI as a result of that investigation back then, too.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 months, 2 weeks ago

He was working with the FBI? Where did you see that? He did go for an interview, but tha doesn't mean he was working with them.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Trump will do anything, say anything and connive anything to deflect his family's and other cohorts activity with the Russians in his attempts to attack the campaign of Hillary Clinton.

His guilt in this outrageous attempt is glaring, his part in this attempt is obvious.

Too bad.............It seems that you cannot be impeached, in the minds of his right wing crazies, for being a liar, a criminal, and a jerk.

Gary Stussie 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I suspect we will see some Perp-walks in the near future but they won't be President Trump's folks Like J. Edgar Hoover, I suspect McCabe and Comey have accumulated too much damaging information on various Congress people for them to be prosecuted, but I won't want to be in Strozk's shoes ... HRC will look good in Orange!

Bob Summers 4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Bob Summers 4 months, 2 weeks ago

The venerable Liberal Washington Post says,

The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said.

Greg Cooper 4 months, 2 weeks ago

As I said to your pal, Gary, so what? The information is information and should be considered just as information gathered by anyone. If it's good info and leads to truth, great, who cares where it came from? If not, then it should be thrown out and not considered. That's how investigations work. Unfortunately, your guys don't want to consider the truth of the investigation but to further a political strategy. That ain't right.

Bob Summers 4 months, 2 weeks ago

The FISA Memo Overview: The Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton Campaign paid Christopher Steele $160,000 to dig up information on Trump team members including Carter Page. Steele also provided this information to the FBI.

Richard Aronoff 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Some of you need to become familiar with the law surrounding the collection of evidence and its admissibility in a court of law. If the points in the memo, based on documents turned over to the House committee and sworn testimony before the committee are true, this situation is worse than anyone thought before the memo release.

If HRC had been elected, we would never know that any of this had happened. Right up until the early evening of election day, all of the polls and pundits said she was going to win.

What I find most amazing is that the same newspaper that published the Pentagon Papers against the government's wishes, wrote an editorial calling for prior restraint of this memo. Prior restraint was declared unconstitutional in 1931 (Near v. Minnesota)

Steve Jacob 4 months, 2 weeks ago

"We are doing Putin's job for him" John McCain

Bob Summers 4 months, 2 weeks ago

McCain is the classic congenital Liberal.

Thanks for shoring.

Richard Neuschafer 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Blah, blah, blah. The same old lame garbage.

Richard Neuschafer 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Brownback and the other clowns that Trump has appointed is called "draining the swamp?" No, Trump has turned it into a sewer instead. Trump is a liar.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Is it a coincidence that the Dow has fallen 600 points today and may fall farther? This just in from a few minutes ago.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I did. History does repeat itself every so often. Worst single day drop in the Dow since December 2008 on Trump's watch. I bet he is proud. We will know by Monday if this is just a dip. Hopefully it won't be another Black Monday. Our retirements count on it.

Steve Jacob 4 months, 2 weeks ago

The Dow has been up so much in 2017 and even this January a correction was inevitable. Monday might be rough also. Think things are OK, but watch interest rates...

Steve Jacob 4 months, 2 weeks ago

And we have the weekend to think about the bomb that was dropped on Wells Fargo.

Marc Wilborn 4 months, 2 weeks ago

The Fed picking favorites again does not work. The Wells Fargo people should go to jail, just like other members of Wall Street.

Harlan Hobbs 4 months, 2 weeks ago

The Democrats in DC are nothing but hypocritical liars and propagandists. This is just the beginning of what will turn out to be a disaster for them. Seems that Obama and the Clintons have been relatively silent lately.

I predict that many more heads will roll at the FBI and that the Obama administration and the Clinton campaign will be discredited for posterity. They are nothing but lying crooks.

Keep draining the swamp!

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 months, 2 weeks ago

The swamp? How many of Trump's advisors and nominations have either had to quit, because their swampiness has been discovered? And can you tell me why Trump hired people who were already under investigation, because of his ties to Russia, even before the Steele Dossier was given to the FBI? Want to deal with those details?

Gary Stussie 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Not much "swampiness" behind the firings/resignations Dorothy. I would not have expected less from a remarkably successful "outsider" trying to set up an effective team.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 months, 2 weeks ago

You do know that Obama isn't president anymore right? And Clinton lost the electoral vote, right?

Richard Neuschafer 4 months, 2 weeks ago

The same old tired garbage, Harlan. When you don't have anything worthwhile to say it's best to shut up.

Richard Neuschafer 4 months, 2 weeks ago

As I said to the equally ignorant Bob above appointing Brownback and the other clowns is not"draining the swamp." Trump has instead turned it into a sewer. You need to learn the difference.

Calvin Anders 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Why is this even a story? The only story here is that Republicans in Congress edited documents to try to demonstrate a bias by the FBI in an investigation of Trump. How are the Republican Congress-people being given enough credibility that the media is even entertaining the story? Nunes has about as tight a relationship with the truth as Trump, which is to say, Nunes really can't seem to open his mouth without lying. And it's really supposed to be a surprise that the FBI asked for a warrant but wasn't super careful to diligently present all sides of the argument for and against the warrant? And it's a huge surprise that the FISA court rubber stamped a surveillance warrant from the FBI? If Trump and the Republican Congress are so worried about a surveillance state rampaging out of control, why do they keep extending provisions to allow for wide spread domestic surveillance without any public accountability?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Carter Page was being investigated in 2013 long before Trump hired him, and before this dossier. Maybe Trump's campaign should have screened him before they hired him. So how does this condemn the FBI? Are they psychics? How did they know that Trump was going to hire him? I'd say the FBI was doing their job, especially when they realized that someone close to a presidential candidate was suspected of being Putin's buddy. Trump, even as a candidate, would be privy to classified information. This guy could have been feeding Russia information.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Wow. the people on here defending someone like Carter Page. This man should be the next one arrested. At the best, Trump doesn't know how to vet the people he hires, at worse, Page was a go between for the Russians for Trump. When is Page going to be arrested? Why would anyone defend this guy? There was plenty of reasons to investigate him, with or without the dossier. And they started investigating him before he went to work for Trump.

Hmm, I said that several years ago. I said at best Nixon was clueless about what was going on in his campaign, at worse he was involved. Either way, he shouldn't be president.

Gary Stussie 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Carter Page testified that he’s "never met or even spoken to Trump himself, and that he missed out on the one meeting the Trump foreign policy team had with the candidate because, he said, he had a conflict that day."

The FBI has been watching him since 2013 because of his contacts with Russian agents ... wonder why they didn't inform the Trump team? Wonder why he has not been charged if he was/is such a bad actor. Flynn was charged for lying under oath!

Got to admire your exuberance Dorothy ... defending the indefensible.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Did you read the memo. They are saying, because the FBI and DOJ were investigating Page, then they were showing bias against Trump. Since he was in their radar before the campaign, what did the FBI do wrong. The fact that he was working at the campaign would raise even more flags, because Trump the campaign would be getting some classified information. I would say that the FBI were doing their job. Of course, they maybe should have told Trump directly that he might have a Russian operative in his campaign, but that doesn't show bias. So why are you guys hating on the FBI for doing their job?:

Gary Stussie 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I have the utmost respect and admiration for the FBI ... that does not blind me to the fact that several folks at the top figured they were so important they should/could influence an election. I would be equally concerned/upset if the situation were reversed and the nefarious players were REPs ... this will sort itself out. Let's wait for the outcome.

Greg Cooper 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Jeez, Gary, it's pretty well accepted that one of the "folks at the top" definitely die influence the election. Comey's surprise revelation surely swung some votes away from Clinton, but you don't see any Regressives, or Democrats, for that matter, accusing him of election irregularity, do you? Collusion between him and Clinton definitely didn't happen but his actions probably cost her a large art of the voting public. You guys need to look at facts, Gary, and get away from your preconceived, fact-free complaining.

Richard Aronoff 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Take a look at the Supreme Court decision in Frank v Delaware.

As for the DJIA, it's down because traders have their knickers in a twist because they fear interest rate hikes because of the growth in the economy.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Wow! So Growth is Bad? How does that work? I thought Growth was good. Just shows that the DJIA is run off of emotion and not facts or statistics which is a good reason for the average person to stay out of it as much as possible. I can't afford to lose my retirement every time some pencil neck loses his water(see also "Wets himself") over a statistic.This type of activity proves that manipulation occurs fairly regularly. As DJT would say:"It is a Rigged System!"

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 months, 2 weeks ago

So Trump is busy saying he doesn't know Carter Page, and Page had very little to do with the campaign, so why would it be interfering with the Trump campaign if Page was being investigated for his own connections with the Russians, because of his suspicious actions? Why would that be a bias against Trump? They weren't investigating Trump. They were investigating this guy who seems kind of slimy anyway.

Gary Stussie 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Carter Page testified that he’s "never met or even spoken to Trump himself, and that he missed out on the one meeting the Trump foreign policy team had with the candidate because, he said, he had a conflict that day."

Richard Aronoff 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Dorothy: you are a living example of the Socratic Paradox.

Gary Stussie 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Based upon their typical emotional responses, if the situation were reversed, and REPs had used the DOJ/FBI to the detriment of a DEM candidate, at least 5 of the above contributors would have had cardiac episodes!

Russia has the world’s second most powerful military, according to the annual ranking made by Global Firepower, an analytical website exploring the military power of different countries.(note: they have 11,000 nuclear weapons, U.S. has 8,500).

Russia is the second most powerful country in the world, according to a new ranking presented at the Davos World Economic Forum. Lagging only behind the US, experts gave Russia a 9.4 rating in the "power" category, described as the capacity to "project influence on the world stage".

Heaven forbid we maintain, build or improve relations with Russia! You are probably right, President Trump just wants to keep Putin on his side so he can eventually build some hotels in Moscow ... or maybe Trump is compromised and the KGB has pictures of him with some Ruskie hookers! ... GET A GRIP!

Do you recall Secretary Clinton presenting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with a “reset” button in 2009 that erroneously had the word “overcharged” written on it. The gesture was meant to symbolize a new day of diplomacy between the new nations.

What were Obama's and Clinton's motives for reaching out to Russia? Did you question them? Was Clinton compromised? Was our democracy in peril?

Thomas Bryce Jr. 4 months, 2 weeks ago

This guy loves RUSSIA. Must be part of the THE New Make America Great by Loving Russia Movement. Lawrence Journal World, you have Russian cyberbots advertising on your forums!

Steve King 4 months, 2 weeks ago

It couldn't be more lame. I expected Martians.

Steve Hicks 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Funny how ideologues' actions and attitudes become exactly what they say about their "enemies."

To quote Devin Nunes:

"For most of the 20th century people fled the ghost of communist dictators and now you are bringing the ghosts back into this chamber."

That was on his YouTube channel in 2010, where he railed against ACA healthcare for poor Americans as "the ghost of Communism," and accused Nancy Pelosi of trying to make the U.S. House of Representatives a tool of "the ghost of communist dictators."

Almost...but never quite...have to admire an ideologue so politically flexible he can bite himself in the a55.

But when a Congressman dispenses with those silly ideas about having integrity, some intelligence, and a desire to do good for people, he can do amazing things.

Gary Stussie 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Chuck Schumer, Al Green ... all wonderful examples of "deologues so politically flexible they can bite himself in the a55".

Geoff Ermlap 4 months, 2 weeks ago

massive political bias and obstruction of justice. The Republicans have really stepped in it deep with this attempt to protect Trump. Deliberately trying to deceive the American people as usual. Republicans now are never doing what they are selling you on. They just depend on blind faith in them to take Americans to the cleaners.

Richard Heckler 4 months, 2 weeks ago

The heat is rising on Trump and associates .....

Paradise Papers: Millions of Leaked Docs Reveal Shady Ties & Tax Evasion by Trump’s Inner Circle

Remember Mueller was cleared very early on to investigate whatever criminal activity might surface along the way.

Gary Stussie 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Now that would be typical "Democrat" ... pay for a bogus Dossier ... use it to get FISA warrants ... use that to gen-up a "Russia Collusion" story ... and file charges not at all related to Russian Collusion ...then declare it a WIN for your team.

Do you have to shower after you vote Democrat?

Cait McKnelly 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Did you forget that the Steele Dossier was originally initiated by the REPUBLICAN party? How do you even sleep at night?

Bob Summers 4 months, 2 weeks ago

⦁ The FBI relied heavily on Democratic Party dossier to obtain three surveillance warrants before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The FBI did not tell the court the information came from a Democratic Party-financed opposition research. FBI knew source.

⦁ In one application to judges, FBI cited two sources, the dossier and a story by Yahoo News. But the Yahoo story was based on the dossier. Not really two sources.

⦁ Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe said warrants on Trump volunteer Carter Page could not have been obtained without dossier.

⦁ Dossier writer Christopher Steele lied to FBI when he said he did not speak with media. He has said in libel case that he spoke to reporters repeatedly.

⦁ FBI fired Mr. Steele. He then continued to funnel information to the agency through former associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr. Bruce Ohr’s wife worked for Fusion GPS, the opposition research that paid Mr. Steele. She passed Fusion research to the FBI, which never disclosed source to FISA court.

⦁ Mr. Steele said he wanted to destroy Trump’s presidency with a dossier that remains discredited.

⦁ Former FBI director James Comey signed three surveillance warrants on Trump campaign aid Carter Page at the same time he told President-elect Trump that the dossier was “salacious and unverified.”

Bob Smith 4 months, 2 weeks ago

"Over objections of corrupt partisan hacks....." There, I fixed it for you.

Gary Stussie 4 months, 2 weeks ago

BTW Dorothy ... latest update !

Best Buy Co., the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer, says it will be handing out bonuses to more than 100,000 employees, joining a list of companies sharing a portion of their windfall from the corporate tax reform law with employees.

At least 313 companies have announced tax reform bonuses, pay raises, or 401(k) hikes, according to a running list compiled by Americans for Tax Reform, found at

Reminder:Congress approved the bill in a 224-201 (ZERO Democrats) ... Senate 51-48 (ZERO Democrats)

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 months, 2 weeks ago

What does this have to do with Russians trying to divide our country. I realize conservatives worship money, but that's not the topic here. Did you miss these stories? Probably not, since you only watch FOX.

And this doesn't bother you, because you are getting a raise? What freedoms are you willing to give up for a bonus?

And here is your swamp. Ethics mean nothing to Republicans.

Gary Stussie 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Did you read the CDC director article? CDC director's financial advisers invested her in mutual funds that contained, unbeknownst to her, big tobacco stock. I did not see any ethics issue. Fidelity invests for me. I don't really know what stocks are a part of my mutual funds, or when they change them,do you?

BTW ... I'm recently retired. No raises or bonuses ... just a notice today that my #$@%$ mortgage payment is going up $100 a month due to increase in local taxes. Got to love this place!

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Well hopefully your retirement fund is safe. Did you keep it in Wall Street? And if she didn't know about her investment, she shouldn't have resigned.

Greg Cooper 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I would suggest, Gary, that if you don't know what stocks you're invested in, you need either 1) a new broker, or 2) to learn how to read your Fidelity statement. You do have complete control of your portfolio, and if you don't know enough about it, you deserve any dollar lost.

Bob Smith 4 months, 2 weeks ago

"...I realize conservatives worship money,..." You are mistaking the voices in your head for actual facts again.

Richard Neuschafer 4 months, 2 weeks ago

You have that backwards. That's the mistake YOU make Bob.

Richard Aronoff 4 months, 2 weeks ago

You can’t say you’ve seen it and it’s a threat to national security at 9PM and then call it less than nothing at 9AM the next morning.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 months, 2 weeks ago

So what you are all saying that if someone seems to have suspicious dealings with Russia, or really any other country, they should not be investigated? Or should they only be investigated if they are friendly with Democrats? How very unpatriotic of you. Thank you, FBI for investigating this guy.

Gary Stussie 4 months, 2 weeks ago

" someone seems to have suspicious dealings with Russia, "

Exactly what "suspicious dealings" do you believe were sufficient enough to warrant a Special Council?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Obviously the FBI thought so about Page. He was on their radar before 2016. Aren't you the least bit concerned that someone who was an "advisor" to the Russian government was trying to work on Trump's campaign. Maybe trying to work his way into the administration? If that isn't a cause for concern, what is? Why are you defending Page over our on intelligence agencies? You guys are scary. Are. you trying to dismantle the FBI? Maybe we should expect Trump and company to do a little more research on the people they hire.

Bob Smith 4 months, 2 weeks ago

None by Sean Spicier

Bob Summers 4 months, 2 weeks ago

This is typical behavior of folk with the congenital Liberal genetic condition.
Fantasy creation.

By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times - Monday, February 5, 2018 A Republican senator on Monday released an unpublished portion of the infamous Trump-Russia dossier that showed Hillary Clinton associates fed information to the author, former British spy Christopher Steele.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairmen Charles Grassley posted the heavily redacted referral he sent to the Justice Department asking for a criminal probe into whether Mr. Steele lied to the FBI.

In the referral is a reference to an Oct. 19, 2016 memo Mr. Steele wrote. It was not included in the dossier posted on Jan. 10, 2017 by BuzzFeed.

The referral states that a “foreign sub source is in touch with [name redacted] a friend of the Clintons, who passed it to [name redacted.]”

This Clinton associate was apparently funneling information from the Obama State Department which passed through an named person first.

Richard Neuschafer 4 months, 2 weeks ago

You sure like to reference garbage don't you, Bob.

Bob Summers 4 months, 2 weeks ago

It is unseemly to refer Clinton to "garbage".

But, it is important to know the impact Clinton's and Obama's collusion with Putin to create the dossier has done to the emotional well being of those that naturally seek safe-space.

Ask yourself this, why would Putin want Trump over Clinton as President?

He wouldn't.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 months, 2 weeks ago

So all of you who are defending Carter Page, do you think we should put him in charge of the FBI? Maybe we the CIA? My god. Maybe we should make sure he gets all the classified documents. Are you really defending him. And try and focus. We are talking about Page here. Your stupid gaslighting technique of projection isn't working anymore.

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