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#ReleaseTheMemo coming soon

What’s significant is that every Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee (list here) voted to release the memo. So while it may be a partisan memo, it has unanimous support from Republicans. There must be something worthwhile in there, otherwise the Republicans wouldn’t put themselves on the line for a President they don’t love.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

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  1. Is it actually coming? I thought the DOJ was going to block it.

    Two in the Bush

    January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

    • doj can’t block it by themselves. They have to talk Trump into blocking it.

      Greg Pandatshang

      January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

  2. I think Republicans are warming to Trump after the tax cuts.

    Republicans know that tax cuts are the noblest ideal that anyone can aspire to.

    Dan

    January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Just an example of Trump being a dealmaker. I’ll give you tax cuts if you give me trade.

      Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lap Dog

      January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

      • A great example of his terrible deal making skills where he just gives the other side what they want and doesn’t get anything. I’m embarrassed to have fallen for the master deal maker schtick during the campaign, I’m embarrassed for you that you still believe it.

        Trump could do a lot on trade unilaterally by abandoning various strong dollar policies. It’s something he would never do with his Goldman Sachs team of advisors but would have way more of an effect on balance of trade than even bringing back the highest tariffs.

        Magnavox

        February 1, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Heh…I think many Republicans think that is literally true!

      Mike Street Station

      January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Republicans know that tax cuts are the noblest ideal that anyone can aspire to.

      Oh, yes.

      Those Republicucks are clueless for passing a tax cut bill that is sparking economic activity and rapidly gaining in popularity.

      If only they followed altright Socialist economics where fat white proles are the only ones eligible for benefits from a bloated welfare state.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

      • My problem with the tax cuts is there were no spending cuts to go along with them. Now that the GOP no longer cares about our debt nobody will.

        Jay Fink

        February 1, 2018 at EDT pm

      • This is classic supply side economics: Use fiscal policy to stimulate the economy. It worked under Harding and Coolidge and Kennedy. Heck, accordingly, capital gains taxes should really be cut to zero instead of down to 21%.

        Look up a paper called The Two Santa’s Theory of government by Jude Wanniski. He details that the Republican Party is the Santa of tax cuts and the Democratic party is the Santa of redistribution. Under no circumstances should you ever shoot Santa.

        The problem with the Republicans is that they are austerity junkies. They become bean-counters overly worried about “budgets” and “fiscal responsibility.” When they do that, they end up losing elections. The Democrats exploit this by always demanding government programs that break the budget. This triggers the Republican austerity switch. They rail against the increase in government spending that Democrats are about to cause. When they lose and the government spending gets passed anyway, they then argue how we can’t have tax cuts because we need the money to pay for the Democrat spending. The end result is they become water-carriers for the welfare state.

        The exemplar of this austerity nonsense is Barry Goldwater, who fought tooth and nail against the Kennedy tax cuts and lost by a landslide. It’s no accident that McCain and Flake are also austerity junkies, hailing from the same Arizona Republican nexus as Goldwater.

        Tax increases or a lack of tax cuts cause election losses. It prevented Winston Churchill from getting elected, cost Eisenhower the presidency, limited George Bush sr to one term and cost Bill Clinton the Congress.

        http://wallstreetpit.com/26546-jude-wanniski-taxes-and-a-two-santa-theory/

        map

        February 1, 2018 at EDT pm

      • My problem with the tax cuts is there were no spending cuts to go along with them. Now that the GOP no longer cares about our debt nobody will.

        They have spending plans, the problem is the Democrats won’t vote for deficit reductions.

        Tax cuts are part of a connected strategy to improve the economy with rate cuts, have Republicans get the credit for them, and win a larger majority to reform entitlements.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        February 2, 2018 at EDT am

      • Hey, I mean, I guess a 1700 point drop in the DOW Jones is economic activity. As for the “bloated welfare state,” do you understand that our nation spend 50% more on corporate welfare than on individual personal welfare. Will Republicans are too busy whining about people receiving food stamps, companies like Boeing are getting some 3 billion dollars a year from Uncle Sam. (https://www.forbes.com/sites/taxanalysts/2014/03/14/where-is-the-outrage-over-corporate-welfare/#28559bf527dd)

        aaphotography66595360

        February 8, 2018 at EDT am

  3. After last night I’d say a lot of them do love Trump. From the body language shown it seems that he is growing on them. Everybody likes a winner.

    B.T.D.T.

    January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Trump has abysmal approval ratings. If they’re going up it’s only because he’s ducking out and bringing us closer and closer the ¡Jeb! presidency that never was.

      Magnavox

      February 1, 2018 at EDT am

      • *cucking out

        Magnavox

        February 1, 2018 at EDT am

      • Fake polls, believed only by fake commenters. You getting the standard $12.25 an hour from Organizing Against White America?

        hard9bf

        February 1, 2018 at EDT am

      • Its rare to hear someone quoting Trump’s supposed approval ratings in this sphere of the internet. Mostly because it is tacitly agreed that they are markedly unreliable, given that he’s in office after polls had him being defeated in a landslide. In fact, the MSM now is in a very similar frenzy as they were running up to the election and when using those incorrect polling numbers. The only difference is that they are now touting approval numbers.

        One noticeable and curious aspect of all of this is when pundits routinely ignore commonly accepted knowledge in order to present information as truth that is invalidated by that common knowledge. In this instance, the knowledge borne out of he facts listed above.

        So, I was curious, tell us about he psychology behind ignoring common knowledge and, to those people who hold it, present information that is obviously not credible?

        Is it disregard for their intelligence? Is it political wishful thinking that someone will accept the strongly countered information that you present? Is it a strategy to hammer away with propaganda?

        Tell me, as I’m genuinely interested.

        Mike

        February 2, 2018 at EDT am

      • Trump did lose in a landslide on the popular vote. The prediction models got the turnout wrong in key states (as predicted by commentors here attacking polling companies before the election). Its the turnout that’s the hardest part in predicting elections and that has no analogue when looking at approval.

        Maybe the approval ratings are wrong but i don’t buy that they’re wrong because the election predictions were.

        Magnavox

        February 2, 2018 at EDT am

      • Trump did lose in a landslide on the popular vote.

        I think we’ll find out soon that wasn’t the case and then Magnavox will be wrong again.

        Andrew E.

        February 2, 2018 at EDT am

  4. Like every Republican thing the subtext is that this hyped up thing will finally bring down the Democrats. Nobody important is going to jail. Until the Clintons are being perpwalked I am going to ignore this. Why won’t Trump arrest Hillary? On all the right wing sites they tell you that Hillary has pedo sex and Anthony Weiner’s laptop has the proof. Just release the tape then and prove she is guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt. Reveal her for the vile woman she supposedly is. But it never happens and all this stuff amounts too is hot air. I voted for Trump btw.

    NotWesley

    January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

  5. This memo is based on highly classified information. None of the Republican members that voted to release the memo have read the information it is based on. Apparently even Devin Nunes has not read the information the memo is based on. Supposedly two members of Nunes’s staff read the information and wrote the memo. (When asked if White House staff helped write the memo Nunes refused to answer. The White House also refused to answer the question of whether they were involved in drafting the memo.)

    The FBI has now had a chance to read the memo and put out a statement saying, “we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

    MikeCA

    January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

    • I correctly guessed the writer of this comment from the first four words. I guess I’m not that dumb.

      Marty

      January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Try to keep up MikeCA. Adam Shiffty is now saying the memo was altered on the way to the White House. How is this gaslighting supposed to work if you guys can’t stay in sync?

      Andrew E.

      January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

    • This memo is based on highly classified information.

      So what?

      The Intelligence Committee’s job is to review highly classified information.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

    • The FBI has now had a chance to read the memo and put out a statement saying, “we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

      Interesting not even they claim the facts in the memo are wrong.

      They only object over contextual facts allegedly not being included with it.

      Whoever did write it must have done a good enough job that the memo’s contents can’t be factually challenged.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

      • I agree,the FBI is implicitly saying everything in the memo is factual. Their objection is one that could made to almost anything for the purpose of casting doubt. When you don’t like the facts, complain about misunderstanding the context.

        Stilicho

        February 1, 2018 at EDT am

      • When you don’t like the facts, complain about misunderstanding the context.

        And the only way to “put those facts in context” is for the FBI and DoJ to get Trump to declassify the classified information the memo is summarizing. And the more information is released the harder it is for them to put the information in context since the whole intelligence will be too complex for the ordinary person to understand.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        February 1, 2018 at EDT pm

    • When the memo is finally released, please make a post detailing what parts of it “compromise national security” (nothing, but we’ll wait anyway).

      driveallnight

      January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

    • “This memo is based on highly classified information”

      LOL, like Hillary and Huma emails?

      gothamette

      February 1, 2018 at EDT am

      • Hold on – I just read that Nunes wrote the memo himself.

        Big letdown. I’m not expecting much. At least, I hope there are no obvious grammatical and spelling misteaks.

        gothamette

        February 1, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Big letdown. I’m not expecting much.

        Though the media and FBI/DoJ are now having a total psychological meltdown over the memo, this ironically means the memo will be harder to live up to the hype.

        Fortunately, Trump exists to inflict the maximum amount of psychological stress even if the memo turns out to be something of a dud.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        February 1, 2018 at EDT pm

      • The emails were retroactively classified in Hillary’s non-classified email account. These retroactively classified emails have never been made public so no one can say what they contained. Colin Powell, who had some emails retroactively classified also described this as silly over classification. Hillary has also contented that this is over classification. Since the emails have not been made public, there is no way to judge. It is believed that many of these emails discuss drone strikes. The CIA considers any reports of drone strikes classified information. If you emailed Hillary a summary of a NYT article on a drone strike, the CIA would consider it classified, even though the information is publicly available.

        The intelligence that underlies this memo is more highly classified. Apparently, only 8 members of Congress were authorized to view the underlying intelligence. Just showing the memo to all the members of the House without getting approval from the Justice Department violated the agreement under which this material was given to Congress.

        MikeCA

        February 1, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Retroactively classified on a non-classified account.

        That about says it all.

        One of the things that a SecState should have is judgement.

        Comparing HRC w/Powell is no defense.

        Iraq.

        gothamette

        February 2, 2018 at EDT am

      • MikeCA, you were warned once already to prepare yourself emotionally for military tribunals. They are coming for Hillary (and Obama, and their puppet masters). She sold top secret and SAP level classified information to foreign powers, and is guilty of other treasonous acts. She’s toast. The Dems will be utterly discredited. Trump Republicans will reign. California will be brought to heel. The bad guys have lost and the good guys have won. It will be glorious. Get ready.

        Andrew E.

        February 1, 2018 at EDT pm

      • How will CA be brought to heel? Cut off their water supplies a la Cape Town?

        And when will people here pay attention to Cape Town? It’s a situation that enables us to gloat – rightfully. A leftist clusterfuck!

        gothamette

        February 2, 2018 at EDT am

      • The emails were retroactively classified in Hillary’s non-classified email account. These retroactively classified emails have never been made public so no one can say what they contained.

        Therefore you admit there was no collusion between Trump and Russia since the Russians never released her stolen emails.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        February 2, 2018 at EDT am

    • Why do you worship the FBI, Mike? I thought gray-balled Boomers like yourself were suspicious of pigs.

      Just kidding, I know you’re on the Organizing Against White America payroll.

      hard9bf

      February 1, 2018 at EDT am

    • Who gives a crap about the FBI and its “grave concerns?” I’m sure Al Capone had “grave concerns” about the IRS going over his taxes. So what?

      The FBI has lost the public trust. It is an organization exploiting intelligence information for political profit specifically to bring down a sitting, properly elected president. Who does the FBI think it is? I did not vote for them.

      All of its activities should be declassified and the organization should be shut down.

      map

      February 1, 2018 at EDT pm

  6. This list of republican representatives have another point in common besides supervising the intelligence community : they are extremely pro-immigration. They have the lowest numbersusa grads among House rep. There average would be in the bottom 10% among house rep.

    Bruno

    January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

    • But that’s more typical of elected Republicans anyway, as opposed to grass roots Republican voters. I don’t think that means anything since that would be true of most committees in Congress.

      Mike Street Station

      February 1, 2018 at EDT pm

  7. Democrats and the FBI are already trying to spin it ahead of time.

    That means at a minimum the memo is strong enough for Trump to make hay with it in order to further undermine the investigation’s credibility.

    The more the Mueller investigation loses credibility the less persuasive Mueller will be if he ever charges Trump with a crime because most of the country will dismiss it as just a partisan witch hunt.

    Potentially it could be devastating to the case if it is grounds for criminal investigations of Comey or DoJ people around him. If anyone involved in the Russia “collusion” investigation can be charged with a crime for abusing FISA warrants (or other serious legal violation) then whole thing blows up.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

  8. Joe Kennedy III – persuasive or not?

    The Undiscovered Jew

    January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

    • The slobber at the corners of his mouth certainly convinced me of something

      driveallnight

      January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

      • That wasn’t slobber — it was baby batter.

        hard9bf

        February 1, 2018 at EDT am

    • I definitely think a kid worth 43 million is entitled to tell me how vibrant my neighborhood should be.

      Explainer 21

      February 1, 2018 at EDT am

    • The first half of Bernie sanders response was great. He went through and listed every broken populist promise Trump made during the campaign.

      Magnavox

      February 1, 2018 at EDT am

      • Yes, Trump is not a socialist. That’s good.

        Andrew E.

        February 1, 2018 at EDT am

      • Wrong. Trump has seven more years to make good on his promises.

        He’ll probably outlive you, Soros troll. ($12.25 an hour, unless you guys got a raise.)

        hard9bf

        February 1, 2018 at EDT am

    • Joe III is regressing below the Kennedy mean?

      The Undiscovered Jew

      February 1, 2018 at EDT pm

    • A degenerate ginger cuck.

      map

      February 1, 2018 at EDT pm

  9. I agree in principle. Logically, what looks too good to be true probably is, so most likely there isn’t a lot that’s worthwhile in the memo. But there’s a good chance of something worthwhile.

    Greg Pandatshang

    January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

  10. http://reason.com/volokh/2018/01/31/the-dubious-legal-claim-behind-releaseth

    Here is Orin Kerr, a law professor and legal blogger at the Volokh Conspiracy, on the legal arguments of the memo about the Steele dossier.

    MikeCA

    January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Defending the Peoples’ right not to know!

      Lion o' the Turambar

      February 1, 2018 at EDT am

    • Your masters made you post two comments in one thread, Mike! The White Genocide Party must be really, really nervous about this memo.

      hard9bf

      February 1, 2018 at EDT am

    • What is missing in that analysis is the fact that no reasonable judge is going to ok a warrant for the government of one political party to spy on the campaign of the opposing party’s Presidential campaign during the height of the campaign based solely on opposition research paid for by the party itself. If the government concealed that fact, it would be an egregiously dishonest act that will piss off any objective appellate judge that reviews the matter.

      PerezHBD

      February 1, 2018 at EDT pm

  11. IHTG

    January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

  12. If there is no objection by Trump (and I see no reason why there would be) the memo is out by 5 pm Friday.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

  13. ResetEra ultra triggered by Nunes defiant response to the FBI about releasing the memo.

    Otis the Sweaty

    January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

  14. Congressional Generic Ballot now down to 5.7%: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/congress-generic-ballot-polls/

    Like I said earlier, I think that Dems end up winning the House popular vote by 5. But as the economy continues to boom and as the Dems become more unhinged, I don’t see any reason why that margin can’t be reduced to 2 or 3.

    Even with 5 we keep the House, so we are in pretty good shape.

    Otis the Sweaty

    January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

    • To take the House the Democrats need a wave; to hold it the GOP just has to fight them to a draw.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

    • And if the GOP manages to hold the House, the Senate GOP will net +5 seats at least if their nominees hug close to Trump’s 2016 margins in battleground states.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

  15. It better not be another Obama birth certificate.

    gothamette

    January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

  16. Some HBD news. English soccer team doesn’t want to sign Africans because they cause mayhem.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-5335207/West-Ham-director-sparks-race-row-African-stars.html

    ttgy1

    January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

    • The fact that guido island was once deemed “a great place for refuse disposal” should make the natives tick.

      JS

      February 1, 2018 at EDT am

      • silive is great news source for anything Sat’an Island, where all the evil that happens there – I was reading up on Vicent Fina – a guido who used a sick boy as way to commit a charity scam.

        http://www.silive.com/news/2018/01/report_1.html

        This is what happens when dark hair, olive tone Mediterranean folks are bred out with pale WASProles. Perhaps he’s an albino.

        JS

        February 1, 2018 at EDT am

      • Lion — I understand how you feel about Staten Island with all the riff-raff that happens there.

        That’s why it’s important to get a good paying job and get away from it all.

        JS

        February 1, 2018 at EDT pm

      • The SI advance is horrifically written. There needs to be a special place in hell for the ‘journalists ‘ in their employ. It is a disgrace to humanity much less the style guide.

        As far as this scam goes, a year or two ago at certain intersections you would be swarmed by hustlers showing a picture of a ‘sick kid’ while they begged for donations. I even recognize this guy!

        toomanyspiders

        February 1, 2018 at EDT pm

      • The consensus out there tells you that multiculturalism give you “the clash of civilization” effect. It doesn’t people huff and puff over nothing. Guidos in Staten Island should be proud that guidoism is a subculture that

        JS

        February 2, 2018 at EDT am

      • has its followings among non-guidos.

        Here is a Muslim family who grew up in Staten Island embracing guidoism – lamenting the husband/dad is being held by ICE and deported back to Egypt.

        JS

        February 2, 2018 at EDT am

      • The Muslim girl is hot babe, there should be a special visa category for hot babes.

        In fact, that was something Anthony Weiner was trying to legislate before he had to leave Congress.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 2, 2018 at EDT am

  17. Lion – have you heard about Cape Town running out of water? This is futuristic dystopian novel territory.

    Lots of links on twitter:

    https://twitter.com/search?q=cape%20town%20water&src=typd

    gothamette

    January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Water water everywhere but not a drop to drink. What’s Cape Town without the C?

      Two in the Bush

      February 1, 2018 at EDT am

  18. IHTG

    February 1, 2018 at EDT pm

    • It’ll be a dud.

      gothamette

      February 1, 2018 at EDT pm


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