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Top 5 Things You Need to Know about the Nunes Memo
The Devin Nunes memo was released but it in no way ends the Mueller investigation. The memo provides enough evidence showing that if President Trump fired Mueller, he would be doing so based on the false belief that the entire investigation was based on coordination between the Clinton campaign, Department of Justice, the FBI and President Obama. The memo proves that wrong. There are five things you should know about the memo.
Wait, how can the government legally spy on Americans including Carter Page
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is a law that was established which allows government agencies to eavesdrop on Americans for national security reasons. However, in order to actually spy on them, they must convince a judge on the FISA court that they have evidence that the person is an agent working for a foreign power, on behalf of a government that is collecting intelligence inside the United States or is tied to terrorist activities inside the country. The warrant must be re-approved every 90 days.
According to the memo, the government started their surveillance in October 2016 and renewed their warrant three times. Along with eavesdropping, Congress and President Trump recently re-authorized the government to spy on people living overseas and to order businesses to turn over their records.
1. The FBI and DOJ lied to the FISA Court about the grounds for a warrant on Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page.
The memo revealed that the salacious Russian dossier on Trump was the key for the FISA warrant against Trump's advisor Carter Page. However, that dossier was clearly biased and the information was never turned over to the FISA court. The FISA warrant application makes no reference to Steele working for and paid by the DNC and Clinton campaign.
The FBI also failed to independently verify the allegations that were part of the Trump dossier before seeking the FISA warrant. Many top DOJ and FBI officials were involved in the application process including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Trump is now considering firing him.
2. The media helped garner the warrant
The FISA warrant issued to surveil Carter Page cited a Yahoo News article, which used leaks from Steele as source material. However, there was no independent evidence corroborating what was said in the dossier, it was just a repeat of information Steele previously provided other sources. Steele ended up being suspended and fired by the FBI for the leak of the information to the media.
3. Steele didn’t like Trump, but this information wasn’t included in the FISA application either.
The Devin Nunes memo says that Steele told Associate Deputy AG Bruce Ohr that he was desperate that Trump not get elected and was very passionate about him not being president. For some unknown reason, Ohr kept that out of the FISA application as well as information that revealed Ohr's wife worked for Fusion GPS, which compiled opposition research on Trump including the Trump Dossier.
The memo also is critical of Steele over his contacts with Yahoo News and alleges he hid them from the FBI, tarnishing his status as a reliable source on the FBI's 2010 FIFA investigation.
Most importantly, the Carter Page application was NOT the launching point of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation.
This is key, if the FISA warrant was what launched the massive investigation, President Trump may have had grounds to shut down the whole thing. Trump could publicly claim that the FBI, DOJ and Clinton campaign came together to trump up these charges and weaponize the intelligence community against him. However, the memo says that information about Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos is what triggered the opening of a FBI investigation last summer by FBI Agent Pete Strzok. The memo also shows that Strzok was anti-Trump but shows no evidence that Papadopoulos investigation was biased, which would be hard to prove, now that Papadopoulos pled guilty to lying to the FBI.
5. This memo doesn’t endanger national security
This memo in no way endangers national security. Democrats originally claimed it would threaten national security, but they have failed to express a clear reason. Which makes it look as though they were protecting the FBI, DOJ and everyone else involved.