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Friday, February 09, 2018

Last month, an attorney expressed his outrage with leaders of the House Intelligence Committee: He demanded to know why a committee official shared his client's secret testimony with another lawyer, a blatant violation of the panel's rules. Days later, the committee instead sent a subpoena signed by Chairman Devin Nunes demanding that the witness -- an associate to Sen. John McCain who had met with ex-British agent Christopher Steele -- reappear before the committee on short notice. News of the subpoena was reported by a conservative media outlet just 10 minutes after the witness received it. The episode, which was described to CNN by four sources from both parties with knowledge of the meeting and which has not been previously reported, underscores the aggressive tactics Nunes and several of his senior staffers have employed to undercut Steele's dossier of allegations tying Donald Trump and his associates to Russia.




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While Nunes, R-California, has rallied Trump and many Republicans to his cause by going after the FBI and Steele dossier, Democrats say he's stifled similar efforts to obtain more information on Russia and Trump, sitting on numerous requests for subpoenas, phone records and Democratic demands to schedule witness interviews.

The committee, instead, has issued subpoenas to the McCain associate and the firm behind the Steele dossier, Fusion GPS. And led by Nunes, the panel fought a lawsuit to secure Fusion GPS' bank records, quietly sent two aides to try to track down Steele in London and threatened to hold senior officials at the FBI and the Justice Department in contempt of Congress for not turning over documents.


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Nunes is out of control and acting like a man with something really big to hide.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-09 01:14 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Cornered rat and all that.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2018-02-09 01:32 AM | Reply

last time there was a "dossier" it was related to the Downing St memo, foreshadowing a criminal invasion and war on Iraq.

#3 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-02-09 06:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


I think so, too. Many people being paid off by Russia, or on whom Russia has kompromat.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-09 07:15 AM | Reply

I think Nunes is too small potatoes for Russia.

Trump has probably bribed him with a promise of a big time job in the administration.

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-02-09 07:46 AM | Reply

Is this what Nunez and the GOP consider "Recuse" to mean?

#6 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-02-09 11:39 AM | Reply


Nunes was exonerated by the House Ethics Committee because what he did was not "classified" material.

So now he's back in business.


#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-02-09 12:50 PM | Reply

Liberal's always look into the wrong side of the telescope. 4 FISA court warrants issues to spy on an American Carter Page that is the elephant in the room not Nunes.

#8 | Posted by VanDamage at 2018-02-09 06:22 PM | Reply


Maybe it's a herd of elephants?

Help or get out of the way.

#9 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-09 06:27 PM | Reply


#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-09 06:54 PM | Reply | Funny: 1



Liberal's always look into the wrong side of the telescope. 4 FISA court warrants issues to spy on an American Carter Page that is the elephant in the room not Nunes.


Are you still ignorant as to WHY?

As has been widely reported, the
FBI was aware of Page's extensive connections to Russia several years before he
joined the Trump campaign. In fact, the FBI determined in 2013 that Russian
intelligence operatives had been attempting to recruit him and warned Mr. Page about
this.15 That same year, Mr. Page reportedly described himself as an "informal advisor
to the staff of the Kremlin."16 Page continued to cultivate Russian investments and
business17 – something that the FBI believed could be used by Russia to cultivate him
as a source.18

On March 21, 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump named Page to his foreign policy
team.19 In July 2016, and with the approval of Campaign Manager Corey
Lewandowski, Mr. Page traveled to Moscow to speak at the New Economic School.20
During his trip, Mr. Page emailed the Trump campaign about "some incredible
insights and outreach I've received from a few Russian legislators and senior
members of the Presidential Administration here." 21

That same month, Mr. Steele reported that Russia and the Trump campaign "had a
mutual interest in defeating Democratic presidential candidate HILLARY CLINTON,
whom President PUTIN apparently both hated and feared." Mr. Steele reported that
Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was using "foreign policy advisor, Carter
PAGE, and others as intermediaries" between the campaign and Russia and that Mr.
Page had meetings with Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin and Presidential Administration
official Igor Divyekin.22

During his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Page denied
meeting with Mr. Sechin or Mr. Divyekin. He did admit, however, that he met with
Russia's Deputy Prime Minister, Arkady Dvorkovich.23 He also admitted meeting
with Andrey Baranov – a close associate of Mr. Sechin.24 And, in December 2016,
after the election, Mr. Page went back to Moscow and again met with high-ranking
Russian officials, including Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich and Rosneft
executive Andrey Baranov.25

Is there any question based upon these FACTS why the FBI was surveilling the activities of Carter Page wholly unrelated to whatever Steele uncovered about him in the dossier?

#11 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-02-09 07:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why is he not in jail then or charged like Manafore? Feinstein is hardly an unbiased source she even leaked the "Dossier" herself

#12 | Posted by VanDamage at 2018-02-09 07:44 PM | Reply

I can copy and paste too and make it look official We can see what the court transcripts say. Again Feinstein is not a neutral source
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., is seeking transcripts from a top secret national security court regarding the FBI and Justice Department's application for a surveillance warrant for a Trump campaign aide, according to a congressional letter obtained by Fox News.

Writing to Rosemary M. Collyer, the presiding judge at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Nunes asked for transcripts of "any relevant FISC hearings associated with the initial FISA application or subsequent renewals related to electronic surveillance of Carter Page."

The Page surveillance warrant, first granted in October 2016, and the evidence used to secure it are at the heart of the controversial memo Nunes and the White House released last week on alleged surveillance abuse.

The Republican staff-authored memo claimed that the unverified anti-Trump dossier was critical for the surveillance warrant application, and that the government omitted key information about its political funding. Lawmakers have clashed over that document for weeks, and a Democrat-authored rebuttal memo could be released as early as Friday.

Transcripts from the application hearings could speak to a central issue in the debate: to what extent the FBI and DOJ relied on the dossier.

Nunes continued, "The Committee found that the FBI and DOJ failed to disclose the specific political actors paying for uncorroborated information that formed a substantial part of the FISA application, misled the FISC regarding dissemination of this information, and failed to correct these errors in the subsequent renewals."

#13 | Posted by VanDamage at 2018-02-09 07:52 PM | Reply

Feinstein is hardly an unbiased source she even leaked the "Dossier" herself

Don't like that source, try this one.

Dissecting the Grassley-Graham Letter's Criticisms of the Carter Page FISA Application www.justsecurity.org

#14 | Posted by et_al at 2018-02-09 08:02 PM | Reply

"4 FISA court warrants issues to spy on an American Carter Page..." - #8 | Posted by VanDamage at 2018-02-09 06:22 PM

Should have been at least 5 FISA court warrants.

If not more.

#15 | Posted by Hans at 2018-02-09 08:05 PM | Reply

Feinstein is hardly an unbiased source she even leaked the "Dossier" herself

Feinstein didn't leak the dossier.

#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-09 08:10 PM | Reply

"Again Feinstein is not a neutral source"

And neither is Devin Nunes.

#17 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-09 08:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#13 | Posted by VanDamage

There are folks that are ahead of Nunes on that too. Maybe that's where he got the idea.

Friends of the Court: A Suggestion for the FISA Court on the Nunes Memo www.lawfareblog.com

#18 | Posted by et_al at 2018-02-09 08:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#13 | POSTED BY VANDAMAGE AT 2018-02-09 07:52 PM

Dude, you're either a bot or you need to get the hell out of here with that --------. We don't play ignorant around here, even amongst the rational Trump supporters.

That garbage you posted has been publicly debunked for over a week now. The warrant wasn't dependent upon the Steele material and it says so in the warrant. The court was told specifically that the Steele information came from paid-for political opposition research, something that Nunes had to publicly admit days ago. Every conclusion Nunes and Fox News came to isn't supported by the facts established by the memo and by what is known about the warrant itself.

Seriously, either learn the facts or disappear. There's no need for more idiocy around here. We already deal with more than enough.

#19 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-02-09 08:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#18 Good post and good point. If the FISA court was misled, they know it by now. All they have to do is say whether they are still satisfied with their authorization of the surveillance of Page. If they have been misled, heads should roll. If not Nunes and Trump should eat ---- and die.

#20 | Posted by bored at 2018-02-09 09:14 PM | Reply

And now trump doesn't want you to hear the opposing side.

He's blocking the release of the dems memo.

You only get to hear what dear leader wants you to hear.

I can't imagine how stupid you'd have to be to still support trump.

#21 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-02-09 09:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3


It's not stupidity. People who make deals with the Devil know what they're doing and hope to get things they think only the Devil can give them.

#22 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-09 09:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Nunes needs to be the first of many to go to prison.

#23 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-02-10 01:50 AM | Reply

4 FISA court warrants issues to spy on an American Carter Page that is the elephant in the room not Nunes.


It's an elephant in the room that our IC is monitoring Russian agents in the US? Should they just have stopped because he worked for Trump?

#24 | Posted by jpw at 2018-02-10 03:07 PM | Reply

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