The Democrats are understandably on the ropes after Friday’s memo bombshell, but damn, they had plenty of time to come up with a retort that sounded better than this. What were they doing with all of this time that this was the best they could come up with? How is this counter-memo, written by Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York and leaked to NBC News, supposed to actually persuade any thinking, rational person over to their way of seeing this mess?
Those were our first thoughts upon reading Nadler’s rebuttal, but we quickly remembered that the Democrats don’t actually think they HAVE to convince anyone. They’re so trapped inside their own Washington/liberal bubble that they assume everyone sees Devin Nunes’s memo the way they see it. The way the mainstream media has portrayed it. A nonsense partisan piece of propaganda that represents an attempt by Republicans to get President Trump out of hot water. And so they don’t actually think they have to come up with a good argument, because they don’t understand that not everyone is as idiotic as their base.
“Carter Page was, more likely than not, an agent of a foreign power. The Department of Justice thought so. A federal judge agreed. The consensus, supported by the facts, forms the basis of the warrant issued,” Nadler wrote.
No, a consensus supported by one document – the Steele dossier – formed the basis for that warrant. A document that was corroborated by only one outside source, which was an article in Yahoo News. Except, whoops, that article was ALSO based on the Steele dossier, which, as outlined in the memo, was written by someone who despised Trump and was being paid by Hillary Rodham Clinton to dig up dirt on her opponent. That’s not what we would call overwhelming evidence and we hope that when Page starts filing lawsuits, he remembers to include Nadler as a defendant.
From NBC News:
The rebuttal focuses on four key points having to do with the legal underpinnings of the GOP-produced document:
That Nunes’ memo fails to demonstrate that the government lacked enough evidence beyond a dossier from former British spy Christopher Steele to obtain a FISA warrant on Page.
That Steele’s expertise on Russia and organized crime would have outweighed any concerns a FISA court would have had about the funding of Steele’s work by partisan actors — funding sources that Steele may not have even known about.
That Nunes’ memo “provides no credible basis whatsoever” for removing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
That Nunes’ memo shows that Republicans “are now part and parcel to an organized effort to obstruct” Mueller’s probe.
The second two points have nothing to do with the facts and represent only a tired appeal to the liberal voting base, which has been hyped up by the liberal media. The first two points are blatant lies, equivalent to a kid with his hand in the cookie jar saying: “Nuh-uh, it was Timmy!” Sorry, but you’re going to have to do better than that, Democrats.
Then again, we’re sure you will. Since the choice is between defending the Constitution and attacking Trump, well…that’s not even really a choice for you guys.