Lying Liars

Nunes Admits The Premise of His Memo is a Lie

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The entire premise of the Nunes memo is that the FBI obtained a warrant to conduct surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page without disclosing to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) that the bureau was tipped off by politically-motivated actors, but that's not true.

Reports surfaced over the weekend that the FBI's application for a FISA warrant noted that the "pee tape" dossier was commissioned by partisan third parties.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes himself was asked about those reports yesterday morning at which point he conceded.

“Neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele's efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then known to senior and FBI officials,” the memo alleged.

But in an appearance on "Fox & Friends," Nunes was asked about reports over the weekend that the FBI application did refer to a political entity connected to the dossier. It is unclear precisely what language the application might have used.

Nunes conceded that a "footnote" to that effect was included in the application, while faulting the bureau for failing to provide more specifics.

We can infer that Nunes was aware that the FBI included a "footnote" when he wrote his memo, but that fact was not included in the memo. He deliberately left it out.

When Democrats on the Intelligence Committee say Nunes intentionally omitted facts with the goal of misleading the public, this is what they're talking about.

Getting into a leak fight with the FBI is probably not a good idea. They can push back far more competently than Nunes can.

  • katanahamon

    Nunes should have been charged with ethics violations and removed from this post when he went to the White House the first time months ago.

  • muselet

    We need to remember that the Nunes memo was never intended to do anything except reinforce The Base’s belief that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Ds (and those other commie pinkos at the FBI and the CIA and the Department of Justice and all the rest of the Deep State) lied and cheated in order to undercut The Dear Leader.

    It’s utter bollocks, of course, but Devin Nunes did the job he was expected to do (and since he’s announced another memo exposing the perfidy of the Department of State, he’s out to finish the job).

    To us, arguing that the source of the Steele dossier was disclosed in too small a font is ridiculous; to The Base, it’s further evidence of the unprecedented hatred directed at Donald Trump.

    –alopecia

  • ninjaf

    When are Republican rank and file going to get tired of being lied to?

    • Georgie

      I don’t anything can stop the worship in his 30% base.

  • Badgerite

    In a legal document, footnotes get read. The FISA Court was aware of the Dossier and how it came into being.
    Nunes was lying in order to give the impression that the FISA Court was somehow misled. Which it was not.

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  • Draxiar

    I think Nunes should be investigated for this horsehit.

    • mnpollio

      I second that. We sat through how many years of Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi and Hillary’s e-mail server? I think we can handle a through investigation into something that actually demands an investigation – like Nunes’ complicity with helping Trump and Putin. When is Congress going to hold Nunes accountable here?

      • Probably when they hold Trump accountable…The Tuesday after Never