Partisans are inclined to learn, watch and pay attention solely, or largely, to info and opinions that reinforce their beliefs. If info surfaces that counters these beliefs, it’s normally disparaged, excused or ignored. That’s human nature.
Such is the case with the “memo” launched final Friday by the Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee. The 4-web page doc alleges, in the phrases of a Wall Street Journal editorial: “the FBI and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court appear to have been used to influence the 2016 election and its aftermath.”
If true, that’s actual collusion.
Conservative partisans are rejoicing and having an “I told you so” second. Partisans on the left are studying protection and editorials in The New York Times and the Washington Post and drawing sustenance for his or her place that the memo is a “nothingburger” and doesn’t undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump marketing campaign’s “collusion” with Russia to affect the election. That not a shred of credible proof has been produced on this level doesn’t deter them.
Critics of the memo, who tried to cease its launch, initially contended it undermines and smears the FBI and the Department of Justice. No it does not. It means that a number of increased-ups in these businesses used their energy and affect in an try and preserve Donald Trump from turning into president and after he was elected to undermine his presidency. Now that the memo has been made public, partisans on the left, who as soon as claimed its launch would significantly harm the FBI and the DOJ, now say there may be nothing there. It cannot be each a hazard and nothing, so which is it? In Washington, having it each methods is a cherished custom.
Politicizing a strong federal company is nothing new. Think Lois Lerner and her efforts whereas at the IRS to thwart tax exemptions for conservative and spiritual organizations, in addition to a number of progressives. Or recall how Richard Nixon and his lawyer normal, John Mitchell, politicized the IRS and Justice Department in an try and punish their political enemies.
The most damning a part of the memo is the assertion that the FBI and Justice Department used a “dossier” authored by ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele and funded partially by the Hillary Clinton marketing campaign and the Democratic National Committee in an try and smear Donald Trump. It was this file that the authorities businesses used to persuade a FISA choose to situation a warrant permitting Trump marketing campaign official Carter Page and probably others to be spied on. The memo asserts these looking for the warrant didn’t inform the choose about the fingerprints of the Democratic Party and Clinton marketing campaign on the file. That is worse than oversight. If true, it’s legal and probably prosecutable habits.
In an interview with Bret Baier on Fox News Friday, Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes steered there may be extra to return, together with launch of a memo from the Democratic minority and probably the full transcript of testimony by Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe earlier than a closed assembly of the Intelligence Committee. McCabe signed one in all the FISA functions and then-FBI Director James Comey signed three. Nunes contends the subsequent warrants issued by the FISA choose had been based mostly on flawed and incomplete info and thus would doubtless not have been issued had the choose been in possession of extra details.
The Republican memo shouldn’t be the finish however fairly the starting to exposing behind-the-scenes maneuvering by liberals to maintain Donald Trump out of the White House and put Hillary Clinton in it. The public has a proper to know all the details on this case, wherever they lead.