The story of the day from the Horowitz report isn’t the report itself, it’s the fact that John Durham said don’t believe it.*
The probe of the opposing candidates’ campaign began on the thinnest of reasons. Horowitz claims it was enough to begin the probe of the opponent’s campaign. Former U.S. Attorney John Durham today called out Michael Horowitz for his conclusion that the origin of the investigation was legitimate.
Durham was polite but his meaning could not be misinterpreted.
Durham and Attorney General Bill Barr** basically told Americans that conclusions about predication in the report were bunk and don’t believe Horowitz, who, in fact, cleared Comey, McCabe and the lot of them.
If Horowitz is correct, it would mean that all it takes to start an intense counter-intelligence investigation against a President is one accusation by a Hillary-supporting foreigner in another country after an alcohol-fueled conversation in a bar. All it takes to keep it going is error-filled probable cause statement and an unprovable dossier paid for by political opponents of the target.
The other story of the day is the media isn’t telling Americans the truth. They are trying to keep them dumbed down.
THE SHOCKING REASON THEY OPENED THE PROBE
Brett Tolman, a former U.S. attorney was on with Bill O’Reilly this evening and went over the report with O’Reilly.
Tolman explained that this probe began on the thinnest of reasons.
“One of the first things is as they opened this investigation based on a one friendly foreign government comment, basically, a dialog between Papadopoulos and an agent of a friendly foreign government,” Tolman said
That was Australia, right? In a bar?
Tolman continued, “Very, very low threshold to open that investigation. Then throughout, I took some notes just like you did, you have to take notes if you’re trying to get that much information. You have a, you know, you have individuals that know there are inconsistencies and while they don’t let the FISA court know, there’s one thing in there that was very, very, I guess, telling to me. They didn’t let the DOJ counterparts know that they’re required to let DOJ know that there are issues with credibility or there’s inconsistencies in what they’re going to present. But worse than that, they even had evidence that undermined the very heart of what they were going to use to persuade the FISA court to give them their surveillance…”
They kept the facts of the dossier secret.
They failed to tell their colleagues in the DOJ that the dossier was paid for by an opponent. They didn’t give any heads up.
Tolman said, “I thought it was telling that the handler of Carter Page, sorry, of Steele, the handler of Steele indicated that he knew that the Fusion G.P.S. work that he was doing was politically motivated.”
THE ERRORS AND THE DEFENSIVE BRIEFING
The 17 omissions and errors listed in the report are more than just a compilation of mistakes. That many mistakes is not reasonable or acceptable.
Tolman said, “I’ve never seen more than one or two minor mistakes in a probable cause statement, which is the statement you would use to get surveillance. But I think about the fact that it’s a little part of the report and maybe no one’s going to talk about it, but there’s a little part of that report that says that it was a judgment call to not give a defensive briefing.”
“A defensive briefing would be you’re so concerned about Russia meddling in the election that you go to Trump, the candidate, and you indicate that you have information, people need to be unawares and they’re very worried about it. They had no allegation that Trump was involved.”
That should not have been a judgment call. The FBI told Sen. Feinstein when she had a possible Chinese spy on staff. They alerted McCain about similar issues with a Russian intrusion.
The reason they didn’t tell Trump is that they were gunning for him.
JIM JORDAN DEALT WITH THE PHONE RECORDS
One of the issues brought up today concerned phone records of attorneys and other political opponents of Adam Schiff.
Adam Schiff secured the phone records of his opponents. That is unacceptable and Rep. Jordan addressed it with Goldman today.
Attorney Daniel Goldman admits that he and Mr. Schiff publicized the phone records of a President’s personal attorney, a reporter, and Mr. Schiff’s political opponent.
BREAKING: @Jim_Jordan just exposed Congressional Democrats corrupt actions.
This is a MUST watch ⬇️pic.twitter.com/zA61he5noB
— Tea Party Patriots (@TPPatriots) December 9, 2019
ALL THE THINGS THEY FORGOT
As @Jim_Jordan reminds us, Democrats forget the facts.
They forget we have the call transcript.
They forget the two men on the call say no pressure.
They forget Ukraine didn’t know the aid was held at the time of the call.
And they forget Ukraine did nothing to get aid released. pic.twitter.com/wZtr1qUrr6
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) December 9, 2019
You can’t believe anything Jim Comey says. He is so arrogant and smug that he thinks he has the right to lie about anything and everything. He’s gotten away with it so far, so, why not?
Disgraced former FBI director James Comey claimed he called Fox News and said he was willing to go on to tell them the truth and “answer all questions.” He then claimed about Fox that “they just canceled” and “must have read the report.”
FYI: I offered to go on Fox & Friends to answer all questions. I can’t change their viewers on Donald Trump but hoped to give them some actual facts about the FBI. They booked me for tomorrow at 8 am. They just cancelled. Must have read the report.
— James Comey (@Comey) December 9, 2019
A Fox News spokesperson stated, “James Comey was not booked and was never confirmed to appear on Fox & Friends.”
Statement from FOX News spokesperson: “James Comey was not booked and was never confirmed to appear on Fox & Friends.” https://t.co/DBScEW8OVz
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) December 9, 2019
~ REFERENCES ~
*”Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened,” U.S. Attorney John Durham said in a statement.
**Attorney General Bill Barr said, “The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken.”