White House Official: Schiff Intentionally Sabotaged Democratic Rebuttal To FISA Memo

A senior White House official accused Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) of intentionally sabotaging the House Intel Committee's Democratic response to the four-page "FISA memo" prepared by staffers for Committee chairman Devin Nunes.

Appearing on NBC's "Meet The Press," White House legislative director Marc Short said that Schiff included confidential sources and methods in his 10-page rebuttal which he knew would require redaction - setting the stage for Democrats to cry foul.

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We believe Congressman Schiff intentionally put in there methods and sources that he knew would need to be redacted. And if we redacted it, there would be an outcry that says the White House is trying to edit it,” Short said. “So, we said take it back, work with the FBI, clean it up and we'll release it.”

Democrats will likely point to the fact that the White House ignored DOJ warnings not to release the Nunes memo without redactions, calling it "extraordinarily reckless" without a DOJ review. That said, the FBI reportedly wanted names redacted from the Nunes memo, while the White House claims that sources and methods are divulged in the Schiff memo. 

Rep. Schiff responded, tweeting "Mr. President, what you call "political" are actually called facts, and your concern for sources and methods would be more convincing if you hadn't decided to replease the GOP memo ("100%") before reading it and over the objections of the FBI.

In fact, the FBI did review the Nunes memo and only wanted names redacted, according to journalist Sara Carter:

Marc Short effectively confirmed this on "Meet The Press," telling the panel that the FBI's concern over the Republican memo wasn't over sources and methods, rather, the agency didn't want the names of its agents involved in "FISAgate" exposed. 

“There were not sources and methods of concern in that memo. There was concern of us releasing it because they didn't want the same transparency,” Short said of the FBI.

Democrats say that the four-page memo released by GOP members of the House Intelligence Committee paints an incomplete picture of the FBI's conduct while engaging in counterintelligence operations against then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

A few relevant points in the timeline...

Recall that Donald Trump was considered a joke when he announced his run for presidency. In fact, WikiLeaks emails reveal that the DNC elevated Trump to help Clinton win - thinking there's no way he would win in a final runoff vs. Hillary. 

In April, 2016, the FBI is contacted by the DNC to report that they had been hacked. They hire cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, which determines it was Russian intelligence who conducted the breach

Perhaps sensing that the DNC and Clinton were about to be majorly exposed, and that Trump actually had a chance of winning the White House, Fusion GPS begins working for the Clinton campaign and the DNC in April, 2016 to provide opposition research on then-candidate Donald Trump. The deal between Clinton, the DNC and Fusion GPS is sealed by Marc Elias, a lawyer representing the DNC and Clinton.

Two months later...

June 15, 2016, Hacker "Guccifer 2.0" takes credit for the DNC hack. Later analysis would disprove this, as the CrowdStrike failed (or chose not) to catch that the DNC files were copied at 22.6 MB/s, all but confirming that the files had to have been copied locally by an inside source. Many have speculated that DNC IT staffer Seth Rich, whose murder is still unsolved, was the source of the emails provided to WikiLeaks.

Five days later...

June 20, 2016, former UK spy Christopher Steele - commissioned by Fusion GPS, (which was commissioned by Clinton and the DNC), files "The Dossier" - the first of 17 memos which relies on senior Kremlin officials and makes salacious and unverified claims against Donald Trump.

Of note - the FBI had worked with Steele for many years, however they severed their relationship after Steele went to the press with allegations contained within his dossiers. 

On October 19, 2016, the FBI used Steele's unverified dossier to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on one-time Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. The warrant allowed the agency to also surveil anyone page was in communication with - including members of the Trump campaign

January 11, 2017 - with Trump having won the election, BuzzFeed publishes the Steele memo, and the country has been steeped in "Russiagate" ever since. 

We now know: 

- Steele's unverified dossier played a critical role in obtaining approval from the FISA court to carry out surveillance of Carter Page and "unmask" members of the Trump campaign

- The FBI used a Yahoo News article written by Michael Isikoff to support the FISA application - however the Isikoff article contained information provided by Steele. In other words, the FBI made it appear to the FISA court that two separate sources supported their application, when in fact they both came from Steele

(interestingly, Isikoff also wrote a hit piece  to discredit an undercover FBI informant who testified to Congress last week about millions of dollars in bribes routed to the Clinton Foundation by Russian nuclear officials. Small world!)

- Steele was paid by Clinton, the DNC and the FBI for the same information

- The FBI and DOJ made minimal disclosures to the FISA court about the dossier's political origins - mentioning in a footnote that a law firm paid for it

"FBI noted to a vaguely limited extent the political origins of the dossier. In footnote 8 the FBI stated that the dossier information was compiled pursuant to the direction of a law firm who had hired an "identified U.S. person" -- now known as Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS." -"Grassley Memo"

- Despite terminating their relationship with Steele over leaking to the media, the FBI vouched for Steele's reputation in the FISA application in order to overcome the fact that most of the dossier's contents were unable to be verified. 

- Signing off on the FISA applications for the FBI were James Comey (three times) and Andrew McCabe. Signing off for the DOJ were Sally Yates, Data Boente and current Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein

We look forward to the eventual release of the Schiff memo - however it's clear that the Democrats are simply going to point to the redactions and say "see, they covered up our proof!" 

Let's see if Schiff's gambit pays off...

Comments

curbjob pc_babe Sun, 02/11/2018 - 19:46 Permalink

Again; why would the republicans on the committee vote 100% to release a sabotaged memo ?

So that Trump would be left holding the obstructionist bag  ?

Aside; it's been pointed out to you that Schiff doesn't have a sister, but you post the same fake bs over and over ? I get it; lying is your version of maga, right?

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Billy the Poet curbjob Sun, 02/11/2018 - 20:03 Permalink

Again; why would the republicans on the committee vote 100% to release a sabotaged memo ?

 

The standard procedure is for the documents to go from congress to the the executive branch for approval or disapproval and/or redaction. Changes were made to the Republican memo before release which were requested by the FBI and by the Democrats on the committee. Then the Democrats played politics by calling that a "fake memo." Now the Democrats are playing the other side of the same canard.

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fazsha2 pc_babe Mon, 02/12/2018 - 00:52 Permalink

Let's be very clear; Schiff has all the characteristics of a sociopath. He is very comfortable in lies and trickery, very smooth.

 

Before he was appointed as a Member of the Benghazi Select Committee, Schiff called the establishment of a select committee to investigate the 2012 attack a "colossal waste of time," and said Democratic leaders should not appoint any members. Then he accepted an appointment to the Committee himself.

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Chupacabra-322 Sun, 02/11/2018 - 19:50 Permalink

They know who the FISA judge was, some fellow named Contreras who was appointed by Obama.  Judge Contreras who later recused himself from sentencing Genl Flynn, was appointed by Obama to FISA court just in time for the FISA fraudster game in May 2016.

 

I also read how they caught Schiff. Apparently they were bringing members into briefing rooms individually to give them info on some of the secret depositions and while doing so, were giving each member slightly different facts. Then they sat back and watched which facts showed up in the media. Schiff was the one who was leaking because the dates in the media matched up with the dates he was shown in the brief.

 

The reference by Trump was a someone testifying before the IC committee behind closed doors and supposedly secret, I think it may have been Trumps son in law, anyway they noticed that Schiff kept leaving the room during testimony and shortly thereafter, while the committee was still in session, CNN started reporting facts disclosed during the witness interview. That's when they set up the sting.

 

He's going down for violating the espionage act or a similar law. I doubt it'll get to that though, the DEMs are going scorched earth and don't give a shit who knows about what laws they broke. They have enough libtards brainwashed against Trump that they feel they can still get across the finish line and blow up Trump before they get prosecuted.

 

mc888 Chupacabra-322 Sun, 02/11/2018 - 21:34 Permalink

The reference by Trump was a someone testifying before the IC committee behind closed doors and supposedly secret, I think it may have been Trumps son in law, anyway they noticed that Schiff kept leaving the room during testimony and shortly thereafter, while the committee was still in session, CNN started reporting facts disclosed during the witness interview.

It was Don Jr. regarding his closed door testimony to the IC. He talked about the leaks openly on Fox News. If anybody was in a position to know, it would be him.

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Chupacabra-322 Sun, 02/11/2018 - 19:52 Permalink

Let’s “Illuminate” some light onto Adam shall we?

 

Adam and Eve Schiff are a husband and wife.

 

Eve runs the 'Sunlight Foundation' for the Rockefeller Family Fund (one of only ten funds).

 

The wealth of the Rockefeller's is est. at about $3 Trillion US $$$ A!

 

That's no typo folks (if anything its a lowball figure), and its run by the Kaiser Family.

 

Her husband 'adam (of eve)' is like all Rockefeller tools on the intelligence cmte.

 

Note:  You'll always find these well connected stool pigeons on defense or the appropriations cmte.

 

http://www.muckety.com/Rockefeller-Family-Fund/5024609.muckety

 

 

http://www.muckety.com/David-Kaiser/198874.muckety

 

Pumpkin Sun, 02/11/2018 - 19:53 Permalink

Of course he did.  It's all they can do.  They have no facts to bring to light that contradicts the memo.  It is alien to them, but it is called the truth.

Boxed Merlot Sun, 02/11/2018 - 19:53 Permalink

...Let's see if Schiff's gambit pays off...

I'd say it depends on what the point is, how much is riding, who's throwing the dice, what / who's casino he's playing in, whether and if he's betting his own money and a multitude of other factors I'm too lazy, ill-informed and otherwise apathetic to care about anymore.

When's opening day of baseball?

Anunnaki Sun, 02/11/2018 - 20:02 Permalink

Hey Bug 👀Eyes. Your party is the JV. You don’t get equal time. And your pathetic virtue signaling Tweets are pathetic

purely aimng to run against Trump in 2020. Alas, Joe Sixpack and Sally Housecoat don’t give a shit about Russia, Russia, Russia

itstippy Sun, 02/11/2018 - 20:04 Permalink

Release the damned memo in its entirety; enough of this "National Security" bullshit.  I want both political parties to keep releasing as much "classified" material as possible.  I haven't seen anything so far in any of these releases, authorized or leaked, that had anything that jeopardized our National Security.  If the 17 spy agencies get discredited and their methods questioned I'm all for it.

 

Jung Sun, 02/11/2018 - 20:45 Permalink

Adam Schiff sows how it is done and how it always was done: the whole black propaganda about the so-called death camps was swallowed as truth without the slightest forensic research done. All words and stories, distortions, incoherent nonsense witness statements and zero real legal protocol where documents and evidence count for more than stories. The Zionists usually win because they can get laws working where it is not allowed to give evidence to the contrary (see www.holocausthandbooks.com

They know they are successful: if you can come up with the greatest lie in history, you can get away with anything if you just keep lying and it pasy of in the USA where there is no real objective sense of justice anyway (Manning, Snowden know it).

MrAToZ Sun, 02/11/2018 - 21:05 Permalink

Did anyone not see this coming? If I had a village Adam Schiff would be my idiot. The Dems play book is so obvious now. They will try to run out the clock and let the media take a shot at ginning false outrage after outrage. The longer this goes on the more confused the great unwashed get and then one day no one cares except those who can sue - and sue they will - only no one will cover it. I am not convinced there are enough of us to sway anything. I am betting on history. A few lackeys will walk the plank. Hillary will still be doing her T.V. surprise appearances and the useful idiots will fawn over Obama, light a candle, wear a badge and make believe they have done something. One can hope though...

Robert A. Heinlein Sun, 02/11/2018 - 21:10 Permalink

Congrats to the repubs.  The democraps did this once before and years ago and the repubs caught shit for it.  This time, they played it right. FU schiff and all you demofuckingassholecraps.  We are done playing your game. You lost.  fu

MuffDiver69 Sun, 02/11/2018 - 21:24 Permalink

It’s brilliant actually..Schiff and democrats own the Fake Dossier and every republican says much more to come...Schiff is holding the dirty Crooked Hillary Dossier bag and this keeps it in News....all how you look at it..smart play by republicans 

1stThingsFirst Sun, 02/11/2018 - 22:16 Permalink

How Can These People Live With Themselves???

 

One things for Absolute Certain:  They will ALL have to stand before Almighty God & give an account for their actions, One Day.

Bernard_2011 Mon, 02/12/2018 - 06:52 Permalink

Does the FISA warrant really enable the FBI to conduct full surveillance on everyone that Carter Page (the initial target) communicates with?

 

This is a critically important element.  I've tried to research into it by I can't find a reference document which specifies that this is the case.  I don't see that mentioned in the FISA Act.  It would be nice to see a reference, if anybody can point to it.