A thread on the #DemMemo I did some research on the #DemMemo last night. These are my observations. The #DemMemo labors hard to prove that the FBI had sufficient evidence, absent the FISA warrant, to label Carter Page as a Russian spy. First, we’ll look at what Page actually did.
#DemMemo In 2013, Page had a brief interaction with Victor Podobnyy, a Russian spy who was convicted in 2015 of not registering as a foreign agent. The FBI debriefed him and determined that he was unaware the Podobnyy was a spy. They had discussed energy-related information.
#DemMemo Page’s profession was in the energy finance industry, and he had extensive interactions with Russians for a lengthy period of time dating back to 2004, when he lived in Russia for about three years. He also had investments in the Russian energy company Gazprom.
Going thru #DemMemo in depth now. It admits the DOJ/FBI used the Steele dossier in its FISA warrant application (argues it made only “narrow” use of it):
Also admits it used the Steele dossier in “subsequent” FISA warrant renewals:
Says FBI never paid Steele “for this reporting” but doesn’t mention reimbursing his trip to Rome to meet w/FBI. Also confirms Grassley-Graham memo that FBI relied on Steele b/c of his “prior relationship.”
1/ In an effort to say that the #SteeleDossier was not that important, the #DemMemo reveals/admits that the @Comey FBI did in fact spy on the Trump campaign; almost a year to the day Trump claimed he was spied on yet was mocked for saying it. cc @kyledcheney@seanhannity
2/ The #DemMemo does not dispute that the politival #SteeleDossier was used for FISA (meaning the FBI knew it needs more “corroborating evidence” to get a FISA; hence they used it). #DemocraticMemo does also not dispute that DNC/Hillary funding it was NOT mentioned to FISA court.
3/ Via Politico: “#DemMemo suggests the FBI corroborated elements of Steele’s dossier pertaining to Page when it sought renewal.” Ya, IC hands/Ohr shared info with Steele who put it into the dossier which the FBI than said ‘whoa, he backs up things we alrwady have. Legit doc!’
- The #DemMemo is political and poorly prepared. Embarrassingly enough, handwritten changes had to be made to correct the number of FISA judges involved in the FISA process b/c Schiff got it wrong.
______ #CADem2018 FBI's Russia House Intelligence Committee
- It is clear from the #DemMemo that the DOJ failed to meet the required disclosure required of lawyers, which owe a duty of candor to a judge, particularly in seeking a criminal warrant.
______ #CADem2018 FBI's Russia House Intelligence Committee Schiff
TRUMP CHANGED HIS HEADER PHOTO… again. It may sound silly to mention it, but it IS important. Here’s why… (Thread)
We focus on his tweets – which is reasonable, considering how they could affect the entire frig'n planet – but when it comes to his header photos, we should 1/16
remember the old saying “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Trump spends an inordinate amount of time obsessing over his header photo. He’s like an adolescent teen, sometimes changing it twice in a week. His choices are telling. Let’s start at the beginning, for his first 2/16
header photo, Trump chose one of his inauguration… except that it was wasn’t his. The photo was taken during OBAMA'S inauguration. Trump changed it to a flag an hour later after being called out, & again after that, to one of himself gazing out the window, probably wishing 3/16