WASHINGTON, January 27, 2018: House Republicans say they have a damning memo that details Justice Department and FBI skulduggery concerning:
- The apparent use of the dubious Steele dossier to convince the secret FISA court to sanction a counterintelligence surveillance operation against candidate Donald Trump and his campaign staff,
- The operation (conspiracy) may have been the work of a “secret society” within the Justice Department and FBI upset by Donald Trump’s presidential victory in 2016.
Fox Host Sean Hannity, who was fed portions of the memo by House sources, has asked his audience to pressure Congress into releasing the memo by flooding the Capitol Hill switchboard with the demand.
A hashtag has emerged and is flooding social media: #ReleaseTheMemo.
Democrats and their friends in the media have suggested the hashtag and its promotion on social media is the work of, wait for it, the Russians.
And yet, the Republicans have not released the memo. Why?
An inconvenient truth
Back in November of 2016, David Kramer, a former State Department functionary, flew to London to meet with former British spy and Trump dossier compiler, Christopher Steele.
Upon his return to Washington, Kramer met with the man whose name graces the institute where Kramer works, Arizona Senator John McCain.
Kramer came before the House Intelligence Committee on January 11 to explain his visit with Steele and why McCain sent him.
McCain eventually took the Steele dossier to the FBI only to learn they already had a copy.
It’s well known there is little love lost between McCain and Trump.
The rift began when candidate Trump gave a speech in Phoenix, Arizona, condemning the government’s lax enforcement of U.S. immigration laws, demanding Congress build a wall along America’s border with Mexico.
McCain told the New Yorker magazine that Trump’s demand for stricter border controls was “very hurtful to me… because what he did was he fired up the crazies.”
And this was long before Hillary Clinton dubbed Trump supporters “deplorables.”
In response, Trump told a gathering at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, that McCain was “not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”
It was Trump’s way of saying he wasn’t in anyway cowed by McCain’s storied past but preferred to judge the so-called “maverick” on his support for lax immigration enforcement and calls for amnesty.
Anti-First Amendment collusion
But the editorial board of the New York Times certainly admires McCain for joining Wisconsin’s Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold to craft legislation that restricted free speech (the McCain-Feingold “Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2001″).
McCain-Feingold remained the law of the land until the U.S. Supreme Court declared it an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment in its 2010 Citizens United ruling.
Christopher Steele, Hillary Clinton, John McCain and the Russians
You may recall the test case centered on the restrictions McCain’s law placed on political advocacy within 30 days of a primary or 60 days before a general election.
The political advocacy in this case just happened to be a documentary film critical of Hillary Clinton, whose 2016 presidential campaign, along with the Democratic National Committee, paid the opposition research firm Fusion GPS for the anti-Trump Steele dossier.
The very dossier whose dubious contents were provided by the Russians.
If House Republicans are reluctant to release a damning memo detailing the egregious abuses committed by the Obama administration, it’s because a powerful member of their party colluded with Hillary Clinton, the DNC, Christopher Steele and the Russians against the 2016 GOP presidential nominee and, more importantly, his country.
Hardly the act of a “hero.”