Talk about much ado about absolutely nothing.
The GOP’s controversial FISA memo in no way can be said to “vindicate” our “Liar In Chief” as he now claims.
The Republican memo failed to show any new bombshells nor new information, but did fail to include information that discredits the findings of the memo.
What Trump and the Republicans are hanging their hat on in the 4-page memo is that it states that then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe testified he believed a court would not have approved the warrant for the surveillance of Trump advisor Carter Page had it not been for information that was included in a dossier assembled by former British spy Christopher Steele.
The Republicans argue that the dossier was paid for by the Clinton campaign which therefor shows “biasness”.
The memo in no way disproves or contradicts that there was collusion between Trump, his campaign and the Russians.
To say the Federal FISA court would not have approved the warrant is a real stretch of imagination or one of Trump’s “alternative facts”.
What is not in the Republican memo is that Carter Page, the target of the FISA warrant, long before the memo or Steeele dossier, was already on the intelligence community radar since 2013 as being a Russian sympathizer and the target of Russian recruitment.
It was the fourth time that the FISA warrant had been renewed and signed off by a Federal Judge.
Christopher Steele had also been used as a reliable confidential informant for the FBI a number of times before and he was found to have given credible information.
Even if the FISA warrant was based on information that came from a biased or questionable source, it does not matter so long as the information was found to be reliable and credible by the Federal Judge that reviewed the FISA warrant, which it was.
There is nothing to conclusively suggest that the Federal Court did not know the warrant applicant’s source of the information.
FISA warrants are not just two ot three pages long, but very exhaustive, albeit 50 to 100 pages long, where facts alleged are corroborated by Affidavits and confidential source information.
The four page confidential memo is very selective in what “facts” are pulled from the warrant in order to make the accusation that the FBI is biased against the President.
What also should not be forgotten is that the overwhelming number of Federal Judges appointed are Republican, thanks to the Republican Congress failure to approve Obama nominated judges to the court.
Thousands of search warrants alleging information and probable cause in criminal cases are issued every day of the year in state courts and federal courts based on “unidentified” sources or “confidential sources” or for that matter sworn affidavits from people with highly questionable or even criminal backgrounds
In narcotics cases for example, criminal “snitches” with criminal backgrounds are often the source of reliable and confidential information in cases and search warrants.
It’s the credibility or truth of the information that matters and that is why it is Federal Judges who issue FISA warrants.
The Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the F.B.I. and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have determined that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
The real disgrace is the conduct of the Republican Congressional Intelligence Committee placing party loyalty over getting to the truth and finding out if President Trump or his campaign “colluded” with the Russians to tip the election in Trump’s favor.
President Trump has yet to say if he will use the memo as justification to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or Special Counsel Mueller, yet he is hinting at it.
When Trump was asked if he was more likely to fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, who appointed Special Counsel Mueller for the Russian probe, if he still had confidence in him, Trump told the press “You figure that one out.”
At the core of the memo is an attempt to discredit the Russian probe and bring it to an end and it does not matter to the Republican Congress if the law enforcement community is destroyed.
As President Nixon found out, you cannot fire your way out of criminal charges and indictment for obstruction of justice.
As Senator John McCain said, the Republicans are doing Putin’s work for him.
Following is the link to the White House transmittal letter and the Republican FISA Memo: