Nunes memo openly fires on FBI

Some observations on the released document written by Rep. Devin Nunes on what he considered professional malpractice at the FBI:

1. Bias by association. The memo accused Bruce Ohr of bias against Trump because Ohr’s wife worked for the firm that produced the Steele dossier.

2. A cluster of derps. The memo admitted that the FBI investigation on the Russia collusion issue began with a tip about George Papadopoulos bragging about arranging contacts between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

3. Sudden sympathy for a Kremlin “advisor.” The memo’s main thrust alleges the FBI mislead/lied to the FISA court to obtain a surveillance on Carter Page, who advertised himself as an advisor to the Russian government. But that’s a farce. The FBI went back to the court three more times to extend the warrant. Each time they had to answer to a new Republican judge because each serves just a week. Each of those times, they have to prove that their previous warrant was justified and there are justifications to continue.

4. Nunes actually revealed secret information. No one outside of the intelligence agencies and the FBI knew about the FISA warrant. It is extremely rare if the public ever learned about any of them. Nunes’s memo entered the record for the first time in a long time that anyone was under FISA surveillance. That’s an egregious act.

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