Trump and Nunes hoped to sink the probe permanently.
a. *All four FISC judges who approved/renewed FISA warrants on Page were appointed by Republicans*.
b. *The warrant was renewed three times—each time requiring a showing that it was producing inculpatory evidence against the person (Page) under surveillance*.
And look what we get, instead, contrary to the Democrats' wishes:
a) The FBI told FISC of Steele's media contacts as soon as it knew of them.
b) Steele's objectionable contact came in late October—as someone in the FBI was misrepresenting to the media the FBI's evidence of Trump-Russia ties.
Hard to blame either the FBI or Steele here.