If you’re an unethical individual who’s desperate to push an agenda, you can make nearly anything seem possible. Practically every conspiracy theorist known to humankind fits this description. They’re frauds who have an ultimate goal of conning people into believing something, who then seek out ridiculous ways to “connect the dots” so that they can sell their b.s. to people gullible enough to believe them.
Enter Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and the ridiculous “memo” Republicans released on Friday.
After days of hype by conservatives acting as if this memo would “prove the FBI is corrupt,” the document released equated to nothing more than Breitbart-style trash that no intelligent person took seriously.
You don’t have to be an intelligence expert to read this farce of a “memo” and recognize that there’s a whole lot of information that was specifically left out by Republicans for the sole purpose of creating propaganda that paints a dishonest and inaccurate picture.
While Trump and his supporters have comically claimed that this memo “proves the FBI is corrupt,” the document actually confirms that the investigation into members of Trump’s campaign began in July, well before anyone knew the Steele dossier existed. In fact, Carter Page was on the FBI’s radar long before the 2016 election, and the Steele dossier was only one of the sources used to reauthorize the FISA warrant on Page in 2016 after he had left the Trump campaign.
The memo is also full of Nunes’ own interpretation of various comments and details, alleging that Steele isn’t a credible source because he didn’t want to see Trump as “president.” That’s a ridiculous notion considering Steele could have publicly revealed the contents of the dossier whenever he wanted to. He never had to go to the FBI. The fact this information didn’t become a mainstream talking point until after the election undercuts the idea that “Steele was only out to get Trump.”
If this dossier was nothing more than a fabricated attempt to stop Trump from becoming “president,” then I’m pretty sure he would have found a way for this information to make headlines before the election — not after. You know, like the unprecedented amount of fake news that was concocted and spread against Clinton before the election.
I’ve still yet to have any Trump supporter explain to me, if this dossier was paid for by Clinton for no other reason than to slander Trump, why wasn’t it pushed prior to the election? It makes no sense for anyone who wanted to keep Trump from becoming “president” to have not used the contents of what’s in the dossier until after the election when it was too late.
Furthermore, while Nunes’ memo tries to paint Steele as an unreliable source, it actually verifies that, in the past, the FBI has found the former British spy to be incredibly reliable.
I love the hypocrisy, though.
In the minds of Republicans, if you don’t like Trump, then there’s no way anything you say is credible. However, if you’re one of his cheerleaders, then every pathetic attempt to protect him is credible and has nothing whatsoever to do with political theater.
If this “memo” were some “unnamed source” nonsense published by Breitbart to push clickbait trash to defend Trump, that would make sense. That’s what Breitbart does.
Except that’s not what this is.
This is an official memo from the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, approved by Republicans, containing cherry-picked classified information that paints a misleading picture of events. It was specifically written as nothing more than a hyper-partisan piece of propaganda meant to slander U.S. intelligence and the FBI for no other purpose than to cover for a “president” who could very well be a criminal and a traitor.
The saddest part of all of this is, if this is the best “smoking gun” Donald Trump and the GOP could come up with, then they’re in a whole lot of trouble.