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<THREAD> Why are some exaggerating/mistaking what the #GrassleyMemo says?

See this widely-shared thread below by @KimStrassel.

I wrote about the Grassley memo at length here:…

I’ll raise specific points of disagreement with Strassel in this thread ... 1/
2. Strassel: “it confirms the Nunes memo and blows up the Schiff talking points”

FALSE: it undercuts #NunesMemo on 2 main claims: whether the FISA application relied on news story for corroboration and whether DOJ told court about political origins of Steele’ dossier.

I wrote:
3. Strassel: #GrassleyMemo “is confirmation that the FBI's FISA application relied on the dossier and a news article”

FALSE: In addition to what I wrote in #2 on the news article, top expert David Kris explains Nunes memo highly implausible on this issue:
4. I also highly recommend @charlie_savage’s annotation of the #NunesMemo which includes quotes from David Kris about the more likely use of the Isikoff news report in the FISA application:…
5. In case Strassel is suggesting the FISA application for Carter Page depended on the Steele dossier, please read my @just_security article. (Spoiler alert: not even Trey Gowdy appears to agree with Strassel on this.)…
6. Strassel: #GrassleyMemo “is proof that the FBI did not tell the Court the extraordinarily partisan provenance of the dossier.”

FALSE: The opposite is true (see the excerpt in #2). Excerpted again here for ease of reference.
7. Strassel: “It provides evidence that the FBI presented the FISA Court with materially false evidence, in the claim that Steele had not talked to the press”

FALSE: more tangential than material under the law
+Why not say FBI 'intentionally' misled? Because lack evidence it was
8. Strassel: “It provides evidence that Steele was getting information from the Clinton team itself! Via the State Department!”

On contrary, this is one of most misleading parts of #Grassleymemo and suggests bad faith on the part of its drafters.

Why? Excerpt from my article:
9. Plus want a more fair and balanced understanding of Steele’s providing the Shearer dossier to the FBI?

Recommended read by @NatashaBertrand:

10. Finally, a fair and balanced look at the Grassley letter would address ways in which it does actually raise other criticisms of the FISA application. That’s what I try to do in my @just_security article, which was motivated by thoughtful threads by @normative last night
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