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Petey Pablo

Clearly Trump is an innocent victim of a Democratic conspiracy led by:
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Republican former FBI Director James Comey, appointed by George W. Bush
Republican former FBI Director Robert Mueller, appointed by Trump
Republican former FBI Director Andrew McCabe, appointed by Trump
Republican FBI Director Christopher Wray, appointed by Trump
Republican Attorney General Jeff Sessions, appointed by Trump
Republican Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, appointed by Trump
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and all of the following are mere coincidence:
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Former Trump aide Carter Page has been under investigation since 2013
Former Trump aide George Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI
Former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to investigators
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and associate Rick Gates have been charged with money laundering and failing to register as foreign agents
Trump Attorney General Sessions had to recuse himself for making false statements
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes had to recuse himself after alleged unauthorized disclosures of classified information
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Imagine if a dozen Obama staffers had been caught lying about their relationship with, say, China or Venezuela, while the entire intelligence community warned that those countries had been interfering in our elections...and Obama had blamed Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch and Valerie Jarrett!

Joe Marlowe

"It cites text messages calling Mr Trump an “idiot” and dreading his election win,..."
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Good heavens. Who knew the man was an idiot? How shocking!
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Inaccurate, too: The public has it on high authority that the man is a "f---ing moron".
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The supporters of Jeb!, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, and other credible GOP primary candidates thought the same thing, too.
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It is actually rather reassuring that, like the 63 million people who voted for Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State, and those who supported most of the GOP primary candidates, members of the FBI and DOJ had a level-headed and accurate assessment of the Orange Clown.
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It is hardly a demonstration of bias.
It is merely a demonstration of competence and honesty.
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But, as the White House demonstrates every day, competence and honesty are not desired attributes in the current administration.

jouris in reply to Joe Marlowe

The supporters of Jeb!, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, and other credible GOP primary candidates thought the same thing, too.
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And it may be worth noting that, while the Clinton campaign picked up funding for Steele's research, the original funding came from Trump's Republican opponents.

guest-ssniloi

I think the Nunes memo is another indication that the US administration, under Trump, is deteriorating into a third world type regime - in which corruption, incompetence and no regard for the rule of law are the hallmarks of government and in which the "governing" party is no more than a cheerleader for a corrupt president. Trump seems to have the GOP so much "in his pocket" that I doubt it will make any difference what Mueller finds. The only hope is that the Democrats regain control of Congress in November, because I doubt if the US institutions that form the front line of checks and balances can withstand another three years of a corrupt president and a compliant congress.

jouris in reply to McGenius

Actually, initial funding came from Trump's Republican opponents during the Republican primaries.
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After the primaries, the Democrats picked it up. But the start, including the time when Steele was selected and engaged to do the research, was under Republican funding. (Sorry to blow up you favorite conspiracy theory. But that's the reality.)

guest-ljiwwwa

This is a report concocted by the Republicans, an exhibit to prove beyond a doubt that the FBI was biased in investigating Trump's team. And yet, its content proves otherwise. I wonder if there is any brain left in the GOP.

jouris in reply to McGenius

Not sure if you are deliberately posting bullsh*t, or just living in an alternate reality.** Please advise.
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** Because, in the real world, the professionals investigating Russian involvement in trying to influence the election were not corrupted. They just did (and are still doing) their jobs, and following where the evidence leads.

Almost all leaks during the Trump administration have been coming from the White House, by his own aides, staff and cabinet officials who believe that Trump is incompetent and corrupt.

The only thinly-veiled "secret" is that the Nunes memo was a thoroughly partisan attempt to cover for Trump's crimes.

Petey Pablo in reply to McGenius

What a brilliant Democratic conspiracy, to force a bunch of lifelong Republicans into...announcing the re-opening of the Clinton investigation days before the election while not mentioning that the Trump campaign was also under investigation! McGenius indeed!

jouris in reply to tjfob

Andrew McCabe, recently retired (fired), testified that no FISA warrant would have been sought " without the Steele dossier information "
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But one has to wonder, if Mr McCabe actually said that the warrant wouldn't have been issued without information from the Steele dossier, why paraphrase him? Why not quote him verbatim, so there could be no doubt?

jouris in reply to McGenius

According to the memo, the dossier was not material to getting the original FISA warrant. And getting the renewals required a demonstration that the wiretapping (not other evidence, just information from the wiretaps) was producing evidence. But perhaps you haven't actually read it. Much like the folks who published to admit that they made claims about the warrants without having actually read them.

jouris in reply to PSH

I think the origins of "no holds barred" behavior go back rather further. Newt Gingrich is a far better candidate than Emanuel as the godfather of the lack of collegiality.

Robert Riversong

Almost all analysts, outside of Faux News and similar Trump water-carriers, describe the Nunes memo as a cynical and transparent attempt to "vindicate" Trump and give him ammunition to derail the Russia investigation.

The release of such a hyperpartisan document, in violation of all precedent and policy, has done more to harm American security than anything since Watergate.

And the blowback will strike hard against the GOP and the Trump White House.

Some_like_it_False

I smell fear on Republicans, I haven't seen them this afraid since they were sniveling in front of the cameras after they almost destroyed the economy in 2008. Remember that anyone?
Fear. Trump acts guilty as hell. If a person was truly innocent, let it play out. Why be worried? And don't give me this he's overly sensitive about his election BS. There's something more to it.
And, oh yeah, he's an inveterate lair - and 1,000 recommends here by Russian bots and posers don't change that fact. Trump is going down folks, just a matter of time. And these slimy Republicans are turning the house into the stinking Duma, because they are now joined at the hip with Trumpinov.
Obstruction (the dude admitted why he fired Comey TWICE on national television), at least the knowledge of a foreign adversary's cyber crime, and quite possibly being a recipient of that criminal work product. And then there are the wildcards, possible money laundering (DeutscheBank anyone?), and whatever exactly it was that Flynn cut his plea about. Remember Trumpkins? Flynn cut a deal.
Nothingburger? Why fight it so hard?
And why was golden child Jared surreptitiously meeting with Kremlin connected Russian bankers and Kislyak?
Shady.
Doesn't anyone find is odd that Trumpinov refuses to release his tax returns? Donald Trump, the guy that loves to brag about how much he makes? What better way to back up your vomitus braggadocio than with the facts? Maybe they tie him to the multitudes of money laundering real estate deals that the FBI knows about?
In conclusion my good readers, it stinks to high heaven. We smell a rat. And all the other rats in Congress know what their kind smell like.
Fear the future Republicans, fear the future Trumpinov. Weasels and liars will have their day fairly soon.