Today’s paragraphs come to us from Andrew McCarthy, writing for National Review.
Mr. Mccarthy is justifiably outraged by mainstream media’s studied indifference to the Grassley-Graham memo, which fleshes out, expands upon, and makes new, verifiable charges against the Clinton campaign, the Obama administration, and their aiders/abettors at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ).
Does Mr. McCarthy have a point? Well, here are the first pargraphs of his commentary. Please read them, use this link to read the rest, then judge for yourself:
In a word, the Grassley-Graham memo is shocking. Yet, the press barely notices.
Rest assured: If a Republican administration had used unverifiable hearsay from a patently suspect agent of the Republican presidential candidate to gull the FISA court into granting a warrant to spy on an associate of the Democratic nominee’s campaign, it would be covered as the greatest political scandal in a half-century.
Instead, it was the other way around. The Grassley-Graham memo corroborates the claims in the Nunes memo: The Obama Justice Department and FBI used anonymously sourced, Clinton-campaign generated innuendo to convince the FISA court to issue surveillance warrants against Carter Page, and in doing so, they concealed the Clinton campaign’s role. Though the Trump campaign had cut ties with Page shortly before the first warrant was issued in October 2016, the warrant application was based on wild allegations of a corrupt conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Moreover, the warrant meant the FBI could seize not only Page’s forward-going communications but any past emails and texts he may have stored — i.e., his Trump campaign communications.
With its verification by the Grassley-Graham memo, the Nunes memo now has about a thousand times more corroboration than the Steele dossier, the basis of the heinous allegations used by the Justice Department and FBI to get the FISA warrants.
What the Grassley-Graham memo tells us is that the Nunes memo, for all the hysteria about it, was tame. The Grassley-Graham memo tells us that we need not only a full-blown investigation of what possessed the Obama administration to submit such shoddy applications to the FISA court, but of how a judge — or perhaps as many as four judges — rationalized signing the warrants.
We need full disclosure — the warrants, the applications, the court proceedings. No more games.
McCarthy goes on to further explain, in considerable detail, why this is a scandal of huge proportions.
But what are most mainstream media, our supposed arbiters of what is and is not news – talking about instead? Well, for three days we have heard more about the resignation of White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, based on allegations of abuse from his two former wives (who both “came out” at exactly the same time – what a fortuitous coincidence for Democrats!)
This defines the political term “shiny object” – i.e. a “story” that is deliberately overplayed for the purpose of distracting us from what we should really be concentrating on.
OK, let’s assume, for the sake of discussion, that Rob Porter is a monster and his resignation couldn’t come soon enough. Now, what about the Clinton campaign and Obama administration bending and breaking the rules to take down an elected President of the United States?
Which is more important to the country? You tell me.
Andrew McCarthy wins Paragraphs Of The Day honors for so clearly pointing this out…and for so clearly putting to shame the media “journalists” who are looking the other way on behalf of their Democrat masters.