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GOP releases memo suggesting FBI anti-Trump bias

by Evan Wilt
Posted 2/02/18, 01:24 pm

WASHINGTON—Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released on Friday the controversial memo detailing what they call the FBI’s anti-Trump bias at the start of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. President Donald Trump declassified the memo earlier Friday, and GOP lawmakers promptly published it. The document recounts the series of events in 2016 that launched the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian election hacking and possible connections to the Trump campaign. According to the document, FBI investigators relied heavily on a dossier from British intelligence officer Christopher Steele when they authorized surveillance of people connected to Trump. The Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid Steele $160,000 to compile derogatory information about Trump and his relationship with Russian officials, according to the Republican memo. The memo asserts Steele “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected” and the FBI should not have used the dossier as a basis for its investigation and subsequent surveillance authorizations. “I think it’s a disgrace,” the president said of the alleged FBI bias. “A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves.” Democrats, some Republicans, and the Justice Department itself urged Trump not to authorize the release of the memo, fearing the partisan document could undermine the work of intelligence officers during an ongoing probe. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, warned the memo would only bolster Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Our nation’s elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan sideshows,” he said in a statement. “If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him.”

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  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sat, 02/03/2018 08:33 am

    This is the most serious corruption scandal seen in the US in my lifetime and could arguably be said the worst since the founding of our country. World chooses to soft pedal this which is unbelievable to me!

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 02/02/2018 03:30 pm

    Well, I was around during the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon years so I don’t think I can call this the “most serious corruption scandal” in my lifetime. 

    But yes, the evidence is mounting that elements within our Federal agencies conspired to disrupt the election process. Believe there are laws against that sort of thing. I do think any actual Russian involvement was minimal. 

    No doubt the left—meaning most Democrats, plus the left’s useful idiots like McCain—will continue to assert this is all “fake news” and that Trump needs to be ousted. 

    I think witnessing most Democrat members of Congress, at State of the Union address, refusing to acknowledge even such good news as “the lowest Black unemployment,” tells us all we need to know:  Re, the Dems placing their political interests above the interests of those they were elected to represent.

    No, I can’t say the World is soft-pedaling anything about this story. Practicing good journalism means, in part, refusing to publish unproven allegations as fact.  Unfortunately a rare journalistic trait these days. Thanks, World!



  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sat, 02/03/2018 12:05 am

    Please explain to me how Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon were worse. Basically, Obama, Clinton, the DNC, the MSM, Justice Department and the CIA colluded together to steal the election away from the Republicans. And the left wants us to believe that Trump was in collusion with the Russians, when Hillary basically gave them 20% of the US Uranium supply!  

    Good journalism should lead to the Truth so by treating the MSM as a legitimate source you lead people astray!  I am not against being objective, but there is enough information out to suggest gross misconduct in subverting our political system!  Pretending like their is nothing there when there is an elephant in the room shows poor judgement.

  • JerryM
    Posted: Fri, 02/02/2018 05:47 pm

    "...fearing the partisan document could undermine the work of intelligence officers..."

    I question how partisan this document actually is and whether it is helpful to make continual reference to it as "the Republican memo"?  There may be a level of truth to these characterisations but the focus should be on the actual facts.  Are they true?  How serious are these allegations (relative, for example, to other historic events)?  In terms of analysis: Has the drumbeat of the build to the memos release muted the facts, if they are indeed true?... 

    I sometimes feel concerned you are inadvertently taking on the langauge and terminology of the MSM together with its subtle bias.  

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sat, 02/03/2018 12:20 am

    Oops. I keep reporting people when I never intended to do so! Sorry!

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Fri, 02/02/2018 11:10 pm

    Re: JerryM

    You write, "There may be a level of truth to these characterisations but the focus should be on the actual facts.  Are they true?"

    That is exactly the argument the Justice Department itself used in objecting to the memo's release. Because the original information is classified, not many congressmen have seen it. The memo is an abbreviated version of the entire set of facts. The FBI and certain Democrats on the Intelligence Committee are saying that the Republican aide who prepared the document cherrypicked items the memo would present. In other words, the memo leaves out a great deal of relevant material and context. They maintain that the dossier itself was not the primary reason that Carter Page was under surveillance.

    Ironically, those Republicans who don't respect the definition of "classified" are doing to the investigators exactly what Mueller's team is investigating to determine if Trump's team did to his opponent. Did his team collude with the Russians in order to find dirt on Hillary Clinton and to get Russia's help in throwing the election over to Trump? I'm not defending Hillary--although she did hire a Brit and not go to the Russians, as some close to Trump did. It seems to me that those who are crying, "Treason!" had better beware. If the Trump campaign did collude with the Russians to influence our presidential election, that indeed would constitute a horrible form of treason. Mueller's investigation should definitely continue.

    PS to OldMike--I'm old too, and the way I was raised, I was taught not to call people "idiots." Such language offends my ear and adds nothing to this discussion. Please refrain.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sat, 02/03/2018 12:21 am

    You are definitely “West Coast”. You have the MSM Russian story down pretty good too, but the problem is there is no evidence supporting Trump colluding with the Russians! 

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Sat, 02/03/2018 10:51 am

    To Cyborg3:

    Oops! I hit the "report comment button" by mistake. Sorry.

    Half of your points consist of slapping on a label. People call names and slap on labels when they have nothing of substance to say. The other half consists of pointing your finger at everyone else you can think of. Children learn that very early. "Little person, why did you do that?" Finger lifts and points at others.

    I don't know if there was collusion or not--how could I possibly know? (I'm on the west coast and I'm a gramma.)  That is why I rely upon our established governmental bodies to do what they were created to do. If there was no collusion--your certainty indicates that you must be better placed than I am--then let the investigation continue. Right wins in the end, wherever it may fall. That's what we believe in America. That's the basis of our democracy.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sun, 02/04/2018 09:36 am

    There is no evidence of Trump collusion with the Russians so the special commission should be ended!  On the other hand, Obama set in motion the worst political corruption since our countries founding, by politicizing the Justice Department and many other government organizations. Most frightening was the use of the FISA warrants to spy on Trump while he was campaigning, when he was the president elect, and while he was President. The Clintons, Obama, the DNC, Justice Department, FBI, State Department and Liberal NGOs all were working to destroy Trump.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 02/08/2018 03:50 pm

    Gramma, some folks are idiots and I use that and similar words to call them like I see them. But the term “useful idiot” is a common expression for someone whose less-than-thoughtful words or actions allows them to be frequently used by the opposing side. Google it.