As deep staters within the Bureau panic at the thought of their spying against the Trump campaign coming out with the memo drafted by Rep. Nunes, which is due to be declassified within days if not weeks, it isn't surprising that we see more flailing attempts at deflection. On Monday night, The Washington Post, Axios and others carried water for James Comey's successor Christopher Wray, who defended Comey's number two from Sessions urging him to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
Incidentally, Matt Tait @PwnAlltheThings and Comey's pals at Lawfare Blog led by Benjamin Wittes have insisted McCabe had no conflict of interest after his wife received campaign cash from Hillary Clinton crony Terry McAuliffe, due to McCabe only joining the investigation into Clinton's illegal home server and the classified data it contained after Jill McCabe's failed Virginia state senate race. We now know from the second released batch of texts between Strzok and Page that Comey had given then Attorney General Loretta Lynch advance notice of his intent to clear Clinton from the charge of gross negligence in mishandling classified information. We also know Strzok and Page referred to McCabe affectionately as 'Andy' in their texts, which were exchanged on taxpayer funded, Bureau issued phones and thereby are not private communications.
Far from merely serving in an apolitical counterintelligence role, one that supposedly included deep expertise on Russian espionage, Strzok assisted in changing Comey's Congressional testimony from calling Clinton 'grossly negligent' to 'extremely careless'. In other words, Strzok helped his bosses Comey and McCabe pervert justice. Strzok and the Comey/McCabe crew spun Hillary's premeditated crime, which involved the destruction of hard drives and other evidence demonstrating a guilty mind after the fact, into mere carelessness. The hard drive smashing also occurred after Comey and McCabe's FBI gave out immunity deals to "aides Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson — two of Hillary Clinton's top former aides who went on to become her personal attorneys during the FBI's email investigation" [Washingon Examiner].
FROM EIR DAILY ALERT
Jan. 19, 2018 (EIRNS)— Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has unleashed an operation that could quickly bring down the coup attempt by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his British controllers—and fully confirm the charges documented in the LaRouche PAC pamphlet documenting Mueller's crimes ("Robert Mueller Is an Amoral Assassin. He Will Do His Job if You Let Him.").
On Jan. 18, Nunes wrote a four-page classified memo, the so-called "FISA memo," documenting key elements gleaned from the material he had extracted, with great difficulty and with help from the courts, from the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the MI6-Christopher Steele dossier and the role of the Fusion GPS "cash for trash" company, on behalf of the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, in leaking and circulating the dossier.
Reports had been circulating that the documents obtained proved many of the accusations made in the LaRouchePAC report, including that the discredited Steele dossier, unvetted and unsubstantiated, was the basis for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court ruling allowing the FBI to spy on the Trump Presidential campaign, and then on the President's team after he took office. The problem was, how to make this criminal activity public, and to force criminal charges against the perpetrators within the Barack Obama intelligence operation.
On Jan. 18, the House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines to allow every Member of Congress to read the classified four-page memo. Not one Democrat on the Committee voted for it, even though it would allow their fellow Democrats to read it.
Developments have moved very quickly since then, setting off a political firestorm in Washington. The hysteria among Democrats is reaching a fever pitch, with Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, charging that Nunes is on a campaign to undermine and discredit the FBI and our "law enforcement professionals," insisting that the memo is just a collection of inaccuracies and unfounded accusations. Various media outlets—Britain's Reuters most prominently—have gone so far as to suggest that Nunes is in league with the Russians, as Russian bots and Twitter accounts are promoting release of the memo under the hashtag #releasethememo.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) released a statement on Jan. 18 that began:
"The House must immediately make public the memo prepared by the Intelligence Committee regarding the FBI and the Department of Justice. The facts contained in this memo are jaw-dropping and demand full transparency. There is no higher priority than the release of this information to preserve our democracy."
On Jan. 20, Gaetz led 64 other Republicans who had read the memo in signing a letter to Nunes, urging its release, and saying,
"The audience of this document should not be limited to Members of Congress—the American people deserve to know the information it contains."
Other Republican congressmen who read the classified memo continue to publicly state their shock at what they read.
Speaking on Fox News, Gaetz asserted that "I think that this will not end just with firings. I believe there are people who will go to jail. I was very persuaded by the evidence." The entire Mueller investigation
"is a lie built on a foundation of corruption.... It is a real attempt to undermine the President.... It would be ludicrous if we allow the Mueller probe to go ahead."
Although Representative Nunes is not telegraphing his next move, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told Fox TV: "This could happen real quick. Chairman Nunes is committed to getting this information to the public."
The next step is for the House Intelligence Committee to vote to release the memo to the public based on House Rule 10, which allows classified material to be released by the Congress if the public interest outweighs the national security aspects. The President would then have five days to object. If he does object—it is highly unlikely Trump would do so—the full House can override. It could be released by the end of the month.