Memo Monday

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Bootlicker Nunes, Putin assistant.

All this drama might make you think that the memo’s claims are scandalous. But part of what’s so weird and disorientating about this whole episode is that, in a normal political environment, no Republican would want to draw attention to the F.B.I.’s reasons for surveilling Page. As The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, Page has been on the radar of counterintelligence agents since at least 2013. A 2015 criminal complaint against two suspected Russian spies, Victor Podobnyy and Igor Sporyshev, cited an intercepted conversation about their efforts to recruit a man “working as a consultant in New York City.” Page has acknowledged that he was the man they were referring to, and admitted to passing documents to the Russians.

According to CNN, Page was the subject of a secret intelligence surveillance warrant in 2014, well before the beginning of Trump’s presidential campaign. Despite this, Trump identified Page as one of his key foreign policy advisers in March 2016. Later that year, the F.B.I. received a new secret warrant to monitor Page’s communications after he traveled to Russia, where he met with multiple Russian government officials.

Thanks to reporting on the memo, we know that Rosenstein, a Trump appointee, saw fit to apply for this warrant’s renewal. This suggests that one of the most senior figures in Trump’s own Justice Department thought it was credible that Trump had someone on his campaign who had been compromised by Russia. Only in a crazy alternate universe does that exculpate the president.

@ TNYT

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26 Responses to Memo Monday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    But how did the tiddlywink tournament turn out?

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  2. jimhitchcock says:

    If Page were a character in a spy novel:

    http://politi.co/2DZZkYp

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    The usual 14 minutes to the Hillside Cafe.

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  4. Den says:

    The stock market has lost $1 trillion in value in the first five days of February.

    Enjoy your tax cuts, your IRA just burned to the ground.

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  5. §º¿º§ Carol says:

    President Flake outdid himself today, speaking to some of his deplorables in Ohio. He sounded like a lunatic going off on the Democrats at his State of the Union Address, calling their NOT clapping, treasonous. Apparently, he’s never seen a presidential speech before where one party or the other ALWAYS does the clapping while the other doesn’t.

    His lawyers are urging him to NOT let himself be grilled by Mueller. They say if Trump pulls that, a subpoena would be issued to make him appear. What if he won’t walk there, sits in a chair and won’t budge? Can they arrest him and drag him away? I guess both Clinton and Nixon were grilled in the oval office: a deference to their office. I call bull shit! He should, and those other two presidents should have been treated like WE would be treated. Trump should be treated like we would with US being innocent of anything and him looking guilty as hell.

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  6. §º¿º§ Carol says:

    Had a bad day today out of the blue, missing my Bob and sick of being here w/o him. 😦 I hope tomorrow is better, I was doing so well, no tears, accepting of it all. I need to get back to that Carol tomorrow. Have to go grocery shopping, that will help.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      So cry already! It helps.

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      • §º¿º§ Carol says:

        I DID cry, that was the problem. I have been adjusting and yet there I was, a basket of tears. It started when I sat down on a kitchen chair and it broke. Just the wheel, so I didn’t fall, but that set me off. My favorite flashlight stopped working after I charged it the day before. Seems EVERYthing is dying here now.

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