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Former Army intel officer congressman Tweets: Nunes memo proves DOJ, FBI abused FISA

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The Long Island, New York congressman, who served as Army intelligence officer and paratrooper, who deployed to Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division Tweeted out Friday that the “Nunes memo” proves the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process.

A statement from the congressman’s office verified that these Tweets referred directly to the memorandum posted by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and its chairman Rep. Devin G. Nunes (R.-Calif.).

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R.-N.Y.) (Photo of the Zeldin campaign Facebook page)

The memo detailed how the FBI used a political opposition research file developed by Christopher Steele, a veteran of British intelligence service, and paid for which the Democratic National Committee and the presidential campaign of Hillary R. Clinton paid $160,000 to Fusion GPS complete, as part of its request for a surveillance warrant for an American citizen Carter W. Page.

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The FBI requested the warrant to watch Page that required the highest level of justification under Title 1 of the FISA law.

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The memo further described how the FBI, which is part of the Justice Department, failed to disclose this relationship, nor did the bureau disclose that former associate deputy attorney general Bruce G. Ohr, in his personal conversations with Steele, who was also a paid FBI informant, was aware of Steele’s deep animus for Donald J. Trump and his desire to stop his candidacy at any cost.

Ohr’s wife Nellie worked for Fusion GPS.

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NEW: Joe Biden Bashes Incoming Trump Administration In Leaked 2016 Call to President of Ukraine

Completely inappropriate.

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Joe Biden speaks in critical and partisan terms of the incoming Trump administration in a new leaked call to the President of Ukraine unveiled Wednesday.

In the call, conducted in November 2016 a week after then-candidate Trump’s election victory, Biden bashes the incoming administration to the foreign leader, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Biden assails the Trump transition team as incompetent, turning down the idea of visiting the country before the January transition before Trump is “fully briefed” on matters related to Ukraine.

In a second call, Biden asks for Poroshenko to describe his conversations with incoming President Trump, going to to speak of Trump in more dismissive terms. He describes Trump as a “dog who caught the car, and who doesn’t know what to do.” Not quite a “dog-faced pony soldier,” but definitely not an appropriate way for an outgoing vice president to describe an incoming president to a foreign leader.

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A Ukrainian comedian originally released the calls, suggesting questionable operational security within the conversations of Joe Biden and Poroshenko. Biden has a lengthy history of ethical questions regarding his relationship with Ukraine, including looking the other way as his son Hunter secured an extremely lucrative position at a Ukrainian oil company without any experience whatsoever in the energy industry.

Biden himself would later go on to demand the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating corruption allegations against the younger Biden, a clear conflict of interest Biden merely dismissed when he spoke openly of securing the prosecutor’s firing at a Council on Foreign Relations public event.

This is a totally inappropriate way for a Vice President to speak to a foreign leader, and the public should be concerned about how Biden plans to conduct diplomacy should he be elected President.

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