aside Senator John McCain’s Response To The Nunes Anti-FBI Memo

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Republicans over promised the value of this controversial Nunes Anti-FBI memo and they under delivered. The memo is such a DUD from the start before investigative journalists even begin their job to analyse it with a fine tooth comb.

The memo does prove that the FBI began its formal investigation into the Trump campaign in July 2016 because of foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos.

Here’s the quote, “The Papadopoulos information triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016 by FBI agent Peter Strzok.”

What this tells me is that the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe led by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III would have gone forward even without the republicans’ bogeyman the Christopher Steele dossier. That’s the end of the discussion,. CHECKMATE…

I am wondering if the democrats on the House Intelligence Committee even have to submit a counter memo. At least if they do, their memo will have undergone a standard de-classification / vetting process before being publicly released.

I only wish that there were more principled republicans in the US Congress like Senator John McCain.

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Here is his response to the Nunes Anti-FBI memo fiasco:

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on partisan attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice:

“In 2016, the Russian government engaged in an elaborate plot to interfere in an American election and undermine our democracy. Russia employed the same tactics it has used to influence elections around the world, from France and Germany to Ukraine, Montenegro, and beyond. Putin’s regime launched cyberattacks and spread disinformation with the goal of sowing chaos and weakening faith in our institutions. And while we have no evidence that these efforts affected the outcome of our election, I fear they succeeded in fueling political discord and dividing us from one another.

“The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests – no party’s, no president’s, only Putin’s. The American people deserve to know all of the facts surrounding Russia’s ongoing efforts to subvert our democracy, which is why Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation must proceed unimpeded. Our nation’s elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan sideshows. If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him.”

Related Article: A Timeline of the House Intelligence Committee Chairman – Lawfare


    • Dear Kim,

      It is great to to see this statement by Sen. John McCain.

      I have been so disappointed with these republicans who decided to bypass the de-classification process. They could have done their oversight duties without resorting to these cavalier tactics.

      The folks on the right that I know can’t let go of the conspiracy theory exaggerations and lies. They are still arguing this when there are just no meat on these bones.

      Thanks a million times over for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

  1. Gronda, this is what integrity looks like, calling your own tribe on the carpet when they are harming our country. I posted the key paragraph on my two senators websites and the White House. One of my Senators is Richard Burr and I suggested he emulate another NC Senator named Sam
    Ervin, who was also a man of integrity who helped get to the truth on Nixon.

    Well done, Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      Thanks for making those calls and contacts.

      President Trump has such a tight hold on the base (33-37%) that republicans in the US Congress are afraid to cross the president to where they will be primaried.

      I saw this with the NV Senator Heller. When he was challenging the health care bill, there was a right wing super pac group who paid for advertisements to be aired against him. If you notice, he hasn’t stepped out of line since then.

      There have to be representatives who are willing to risk their jobs to do what’s right. I’ve been in that position where I left a company but I paid a financial price. My son was in a work situation where he had to walk away at a real cost to him. But you can’t sit back when you see something going on that is absolutely wrong.

      These peoples need a dose of courage.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Gronda, watching Shields and Brooks tonight on PBS, three interesting tidbits came up, two of which you noted earlier. First, Nunes admitted on Fox that he did not read the underlying report on which they memo was based delegating that to Trey Gowdy. Second, the memo confirms that the surveillance began off the Papadoplous issue which makes a key contention moot. Third, the mentioned Nunes may have had help from another party. But, a key observation they made is you don’t do it this way – you invite in the FBI to get them to answer questions. Of course, none of this matters to Trump’s base, as it was a prop for Trump to accuse. And, they will believe the lying man. Keith

        • Dear Keith,

          That base who supports President Trump were really counting on this memo to blow up the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe. The right wing media sold them a bill of goods and did a lot of harm in the process.. The president was foolish enough to buy into this hype.

          I blame the republican Speaker Ryan for having appointed a person known for his hyper partisan behaviors, Rep. Devin Nunes as chair of the House Intelligence Committee, which had developed a history of good peoples on both sides of the aisle working on a bipartisan or non-partisan basis.

          President Trump with the help of Rep. Ryan and Rep. Nunes blew this proud history of this House Intel Committee to smithereens.

          Hugs, Gronda

        • Gronda, this was a hatchet job by Nunes, and a bad one at that. I used to hold Paul Ryan in higher regard and his lack of leadership makes me miss John Boehner who got some major things done, by ignoring the extremists in his party and working across the aisle when needed. Ryan is smart enough to know this is a hatchet job, but the man in the White House must have leaned on him. Keith

  2. Senator McCain wrote: I fear they succeeded in fueling political discord and dividing us from one another.

    If nothing else, they did do this. Very, very well, in fact.

    • Dear John Fioravanti,

      You are so welcome. It looks like the Justice Department’s Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller III are not about to be fired anytime soon. They live to fight on the good battle.

      But now the president has another target.his recently appointed FBI Director Christopher Wray.

      But poor Mr. Mueller now has to investigate this memo saga. I suspect with 99.99 % certainty that the White House worked on this memo with Rep. Nunes staff. This means that this is another step in a pattern of steps to “obstruct justice.”

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear Eurobrat,

      Too many republicans believe their own talking point, that the public doesn’t really care about the Trump-Russia probe. Of course, that’s a lie.

      We were attacked and we want the particulars of what happened and to be protected from Russia’s future interference in our elections.

      We will have to make them pay attention in November.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Actually, it makes sense in a perverted way. That interference gave them the White House and God-knows how many Congressional seats. As long as Russia is helping them to stay in power, they’ll keep singing the same tune, “FAKE NEWS!”

  3. Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    This post is crucially important at a time in our country when the President and his party are putting partisan politics and power before the interests of the country. I do not usually blog about politics, but this is simply too important to stay on the sidelines. As an American, I am appalled by these actions. Our democracy was attacked by Russia–that should be the driving concern here.

    • Dear French1955,


      I have been asking myself, why are republicans in the US Congress acting like an arm of the Russian Government? The GOP have done virtually nothing to prevent a repeat in 2018 of what happened in 2016 when Russia hacked into US computer systems tied to the US presidential elections, and then launched a full throttle campaign of disinformation and propaganda designed to interfere with our elections/ politics.

      This so frustrating. Thanks a million times for your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

  4. Reblogged this on K. D. Dowdall and commented:
    This post is so right on point, and I am reblogging immediately. I agree completely with you and so do millions of other Americans – not just Democrats, but millions of Republicans too. I read the memo and thought – That’s it? This DUD of a memo is a joke, but the joke is on them. Yet, they are trying to destroy our democracy – why? – for Trump? Who is a coward to let’s other people take the fall for his stupidity and illegal behavior. Thank you so much for writing this perfect summary about what is really going on.

    • Dear K.D. Dowdall,


      You are right in that Senator McCain’s words cuts through all party lines. Until, 2016, I had been a republican for 30+ years but then became an Independent. Lots of republicans and conservatives have taken this route. In 2017, I became a democrat, so I could be more of an activist. Fortunately, there are groups like Indivisible and Women’s March who have participants who are simply against what we have been witnessing and where party loyalty is not very important.

      People like me, who did not have a history or a need to follow the politics of the day are getting more involved because there is too much at stake.

      Thanks a million times for your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear A. L. Kaplan,

      I appreciate your kind feedback. I really do wish we had more brave legislators like Senator McCain.

      Thanks a million for your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

      Hugs, Gronda

  5. Gronda, here is an interesting take from a Homeland Security professional in the George W. Bush White House per The Guardian:

    “Paul Rosenzweig, a homeland security official in the George W Bush administration, tweeted that with the release of the Nunes memo, the Republican party had fully consummated its union with Trump.

    ‘If you stay in the party you own this,’ he wrote.”

    I totally agree. Keith

    • Gronda, I just posted this comment on my blog. I will repeat it here for your readers.

      I have now contacted the offices of Speaker Paul Ryan, Congressman Nunes and Congressman Hurd regarding this memo and the process leading up to it. Given the lack of due process and procedure, this was entirely a political hatchet job. Normally, the FBI would have been invited in for questions, the memo would have not have been released at all, but it would be fully vetted, and it would be as accurate as possible. Plus, since edits were done after approval, it would have gone back for reapproval. When Nunes refused to share this with his Senate counterpart, that should also speak volumes.

      I asked in a message that Speaker Ryan remove Nunes from his leadership position of this Committee, as a result. It should be noted when he was asked in the Committee if he had contact with the White House on this, Nunes refused to answer the question. I also left a message with Congressman Nunes requesting that he resign his position as head of the Committee, as he is not exhibiting leadership. I did speak with a poor young staffer at Congressman Hurd’s office. I apologized several times for fussing at her, but noted that Hurd is damaging his credibility by supporting this memo in the manner it was done. (note, if you leave a message with Ryan, plan it out, as he does not leave a lot of time for the message – fortunately, I am used to talking fast when needed).

      Each time I emphasized, twice that I am an Independent and former Republican voter, not a Democrat. We must allow Mueller to get to the bottom of this and the President should welcome this if he is innocent. With the staffer, I did say I he is acting too guilty to be innocent in my view

  6. Dear Keith,

    I noticed that I did not have much time to leave a message on Speaker Ryan’s voice mail system and that there is no way to reach a staffer. I just kept my message short and simple. I voiced my objections to Rep Nunes continuing in his role to be the House Intelligence Committee Chairman andI asked why he placed a known partisan in that position.

    I also called all the other republicans on the committee to make the suggestion that they demand the removal of Rep. Nunes, so that they can do their jobs in piece. A couple of staffers were receptive to that idea.

    I focused on the points you covered but I also referred to its history of non partisanship for years with some heavy hitters on the committee. The members are given access to classified intelligence so that they can conduct their oversight duties but in return they are supposed to protect this data. Rep Nunes and President Trump threw all these rules out the window without a second thought.

    I pointed out that Americans were not fooled when Speaker Ryan kept saying the release of the memo was part of the committee’s oversight responsibilities when they do oversight all the time without a peep to the outside world.

    Hugs, Gronda.


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