The Democratic memorandum, in response to the Republican memorandum, was released yesterday. I’m linking copies of both memos below for your reference should you like to read them for yourself.
I want it noted before we move on that I have read through both documents and am still reviewing them on a side by side basis. I am intentionally writing my review of the documents prior to reading any other analysis on them as to get my thoughts/opinions out with no influence from either side, but will be reading rebuttals and the like over the next few days as the story develops. I have am also writing this after only a single pass through the Democratic memorandum, so updates to this post might come at a later time – which I will identify with a marker should that happen.
I find it interesting just how little the Democratic memo contradicts the GOP memo. In fact, I might go as far as to say that though the Democratic memo is cleverly written and with great care, that it actually goes to almost show the GOP memo to be true and carry merit.
Take for example the fact that the Democratic memo does not dispute that Christopher Steele’s dossier was used in obtaining the FISA warrant. They just classify the degree in which it was used as “narrow use of information from Steele’s sources…” – whatever that is supposed to mean.
They also do not dispute the fact that the Yahoo! News article by Michael Isikoff was used as correlating evidence in obtaining the FISA warrant. This time they did not get into the weeds as to the degree or how “narrow“, or wide for that matter, the use of the information was – only that it was in fact used “alongside another article“. They indicated the Yahoo! News article was only included to show Page’s denial of his meetings in Moscow.
I’d be curious to know what the other article was and where it came from. Was it another news outlet that Steele spoke too in September 2016 at the direction of Fusion GPS? If so that is Circular Reporting which would immediately discredit the source I would think, but I’m still researching the impact and legality of this. Regardless of legality – it is obviously improper and the fact that it was included in the Court filing at all shows an absolute failure in the DOJ’s ability to verify sources.
I find it interesting that nowhere in the Democratic memo do they mention that Steele was paid $160,000 by the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign through the law firm Perkins Coie and Fusion GPS – the research firm who hired Steele. They did, however, address the concern that the FISA courts were not made aware of Steele’s apparently politically motivated research. The memo says that the “DOJ in fact informed the Court that Steele was hired by politically-motivated U.S. persons and entities and that his research appeared intended for use ‘to discredit’ Trump’s campaign.”
Why did they not include what is already public knowledge and provide the names?
If they omitted that, what else have they selectively chosen not to share?
Having now read the redacted Democratic memo and seeing text “blacked out” makes me want to see the original FISA Court application all the more. The unaltered Court application would shed even more light on which memo is closer to the truth and who, if anyone, is manipulating evidence to support their own narrative.
Maybe we should start the hashtag on Twitter to #ReleaseTheFISACourtApplication and see where that goes. Maybe we should get Tom Fitton at Judicial Watch to sue for the application? I’ll tag him on this article and see how much clout I have.
What do you say, Tom? How about a go?