The phony Trunp collusion scandal may be over, even if the Nadlers of the world try to pretend it isn’t. But the real collusion scandal – the Spygate scandal – is very real. And it is progressing.
Here is the latest, via these excerpts from Andrew McCarthy’s latest commentary at nationalreview.com:
Here’s what you need to know: In rushing out their assessment of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, Obama-administration officials chose not to include the risible Steele-dossier allegations that they had put in their “VERIFIED APPLICATION” for warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) because . . . wait for it . . . the allegations weren’t verified.
And now, the officials are squabbling over who pushed the dossier. Why? Because the dossier — a Clinton-campaign opposition-research screed, based on anonymous Russian sources peddling farcical hearsay, compiled by a well-paid foreign operative (former British spy Christopher Steele) — is crumbling by the day.
If dossier claims were still unverified when Comey testified to Congress in mid 2017 (and thereafter), then those claims could not have been verified when the Obama Justice Department and FBI submitted it to the FISC as a “VERIFIED APPLICATION” in October 2016. It also had to have been unverified on January 6, 2017, when the Obama administration chose to include a sliver of the dossier in the briefing of President-elect Trump — the day after intelligence chiefs met with President Obama in the Oval Office and discussed what Russia information should be shared with the incoming Trump team.
Moreover, FBI and Justice Department procedures require that information be vetted for factual accuracy before it is submitted to the FISC. The rules of the FISC require the Justice Department to notify the court promptly if misstatements or inaccuracies have been discovered. Far from alerting the FISC that information in what it boldly labeled the “VERIFIED APPLICATION” was actually unverified, the Justice Department and the FBI kept reaffirming the dossier allegations to the court — in January, April, and June of 2017.
Is Andrew McCarthy is right,- and his facts certainly seem to be in order – there are an awful lot of people about to be put into an awful world of hurt over this very real, devastatingly damaging scandal.
If this scandal exists, every one of them richly deserves it.
And maybe, just maybe, mainstream media will now, albeit over 2 years late, be forced to start actually talking about it, instead of looking the other way on behalf of Hillary Clinton and her Democrat pals.