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Schiff, Schumer & FBI combine to block Nunes’s effort to #ReleaseTheMemo

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Hours after President Donald J. Trump told congressmen, as he exited the House chamber after his State of the Union address, he will “100 percent” release the memorandum written by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence detailing abuses by the FBI during the 2016 political cycle, the FBI and Capitol Hill Democrats are mounting a last-ditch effort to keep the memo from the American people.

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“I have served on the committee for 10 years,” said Rep. Adam B. Schiff (R.-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House intel committee, Monday just before the committee voted to make the memo public. “This is the first time we have sought to declassify highly sensitive information from a political reason–It is, I think, a terrible line to cross.”

It is widely reported that the memo documents how the FBI used an opposition research file on candidate Trump, the so-called “Steele Dossier, paid for by Hillary R. Clinton’s presidential campaign to secure a FISA court warrant for surveillance of the Trump campaign.

The dossier was completed by Christopher Steele, a veteran of British Intelligence service.

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Schiff lost Monday’s vote, but Wednesday night he launched his next potential roadblock, the fact that the memo that was made available to all House members was not presented to the White House for review.

At 10 p.m. Wednesday, the California Democrat Tweeted out a letter that spelled out that he and his fellow Democrats were misled by Rep. Devin G. Nunes (R.-Calif.), the committee chairman, when Monday Schiff took the chairman as saying that the memo would be released without any changes or redactions.

“It is imperative that the committee majority immediately withdraw the document that it sent to the White House,” Schiff wrote.

He further wrote:

Because there were material changes made to the document unbeknownst to committee members and only revealed to us this evening, two days after the vote, there is no longer a valid basis for the White House to review the altered document, since this new version is not the same document shared with the entire House and on which the committee voted.

Washington Examiner columnist Byron York Tweeted out that the changes were either grammatical or specifically requested by the either the Democrats themselves or by the FBI.

In light of Schiff’s latest gambit is it interesting to look back at the transcript of Monday’s committee meeting, when Rep. James A. Himes (D.-Conn.) asked Nunes directly about alterations to the memo.

“I guess, what I am looking for is that memo word-for-word to be made public or will it be redacted or altered in any way?” Himes asked.

Nunes did not respond directly, but he did give a “yeah” that Schiff now takes as an effort to mislead Democrats.

Also at Monday’s committee meeting, Schiff complained that FBI Director Christopher A. Wray personally told him he was concerned about the memo’s release.

The day before the vote, Nunes and Rep. Harold W. “Trey” Gowdy (R.-S.C.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee met with Wray and shared the memo with him.

In addition to Wray, Nunes sent copies of the memo to two senior FBI officials, so it is easy to speculate that this was the context of the FBI-requested alterations.

It was also Monday that Deputy FBI Director Andrew G. McCabe, no relation to this reporter, announced he was taking terminal leave in connection with his March retirement.

Wednesday afternoon the Federal Bureau of Investigation posted this statement on its website in a direct rebuke to Nunes and the president:

The FBI takes seriously its obligations to the FISA Court and its compliance with procedures overseen by career professionals in the Department of Justice and the FBI. We are committed to working with the appropriate oversight entities to ensure the continuing integrity of the FISA process.

With regard to the House Intelligence Committee’s memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it. As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.

In his response to the FBI, Nunes pulled no punches.

“Having stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year, it’s no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ issue spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance abuses at these agencies,” he said.

The FBI is well aware of how it has tried to slow-walk the committee’s investigations, he said. “The FBI is intimately familiar with ‘material omissions’ with respect to their presentations to both Congress and the courts, and they are welcome to make public, to the greatest extent possible, all the information they have on these abuses.”

Also, joining the FBI and Schiff in the effort to block the release of the memo was Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D.-N.Y.), who called on Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R.-Wis.) to support Schiff in the interest of the rule of law and the integrity of the House.

For his part, Ryan said he is backing Nunes.

Speaking to Fox News’ “Fox and Friends,” Tuesday, Ryan said he wanted a clean slate at the FBI.

Let it all out, get it all out there. Cleanse the organization,” he said. “I think we should disclose all this stuff. It’s the best disinfectant. Accountability, transparency — for the sake of the reputation of our institutions.”

Neil W. McCabe is a Washington-based political journalist and editor. Before joining Big League Politics, he was the Capitol Hill correspondent for Breitbart News, where he also led Breitbart's political polling operation and wrote up the Breitbart-Gravis polls. McCabe's other positions include the One America News DC Bureau Chief, a senior reporter at Human Events and a staff reporter at The Pilot, Boston's Catholic paper. McCabe also was the editor of The Somerville News, The (North Cambridge, Mass.) Alewife and served as an Army combat historian in Iraq. His 2013 e-book The Unfriendly Skies examined how the American airline industry went from deregulation in the late 1970s to come full circle to the highly-regulated, highly-taxed industry it is today.

 

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Massive Manhunt Underway for PA Man who Threatened Trump

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Several law enforcement bodies are searching for a Schuylkill County, PA man who is described as a “clear and present danger” by authorities.

“Law officers said they’re taking this very seriously because of his past harassing and threatening other leaders and police officers,” according to an NBC affiliate in New York. “At this moment, police are searching the nearby woods in McAdoo, [PA].”

Shawn Christy, a 26-year-old, threatened to kill President Donald J. Trump, and this is not the first time he has threatened a prominent politician. His father called the Secret Service after Christy told him that he wanted to shoot Trump.

“The marshal service feels that Shawn Christy is a clear and present danger and that’s why we’ve deployed all of our resources up here in McAdoo in an attempt to locate and apprehend Christy,” said Robert Clark of the U.S. Marshall Fugitive Task Force.

Christy spent time in federal prison after threatening former Alaska Governor and then-Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin in 2012.

Charges have been filed against Christy for his most recent social media threats to kill Trump and law enforcement officers. He also has multiple outstanding state warrants.

“I don’t know at the moment,” Christy’s father said. “He’s somewhere out in these woods. He’s a bush crafter so I don’t know where he is exactly is. I wouldn’t find him as a threat right now at all. He’s just angry.”

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More than 2300 Alleged Pedophiles Arrested Nationwide; MSM Silent

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Last week, the Department of Justice released a statement detailing the arrests of an thousands of pedophiles in a nationwide sweep that lasted for three months.

“The Department of Justice today announced the arrest of more than 2,300 suspected online child sex offenders during a three-month, nationwide, operation conducted by Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces,” the release says. “The task forces identified 195 offenders who either produced child pornography or committed child sexual abuse, and 383 children who suffered recent, ongoing, or historical sexual abuse or production of child pornography.”

Despite the massively successful operation, press coverage has been noticeably thin. A search for the generic term “pedophile” on the websites for CNN, NBC, and CBS turns up a grand total of zero results on the story, despite the fact that it has been nearly a week since DOJ’s announcement.

“The 61 ICAC task forces, located in all 50 states and comprised of more than 4,500 federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies, led the coordinated operation known as “Broken Heart” during the months of March, April, and May 2018,” the release says. “During the course of the operation, the task forces investigated more than 25,200 complaints of technology-facilitated crimes against children and delivered more than 3,700 presentations on Internet safety to over 390,000 youth and adults.”

Why would the mainstream press be reluctant to report on such a resounding achievement?

“No child should ever have to endure sexual abuse,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “And yet, in recent years, certain forms of modern technology have facilitated the spread of child pornography and created greater incentives for its production. We at the Department of Justice are determined to strike back against these repugnant crimes.”

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Nielsen: 10,000 of 12,000 Detained Kids Came WITHOUT Their Parents

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Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen revealed Monday that 10,000 of the 12,000 children detained at the border came to the border without parents with him, smacking down the mainstream media narrative that the Trump administration is tearing many families apart out of callous disregard for illegal immigrants.

The illegal immigrant child-detention program that was criticized during the Obama administration is a policy that President Donald Trump is trying to end, pressuring Democrats to get on board with an immigration bill that funds his Wall and creates merit-based immigration among other policy planks.

People were impressed:

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It is also important to note that Border Patrol separates children from adults if they suspect the children are not actually related to the adults. Why? Because human trafficking is a persistent problem and cartels and other smugglers try to use kids to get more people across the border — or they try to sell the kids into human slavery.

We reported:

San Diego’s chief Border Patrol agent Rodney Scott said Monday that the Border Patrol separates children from the adults they are with if there are concerns that the kids are being human-trafficked.
Scott revealed that oftentimes traffickers “recycle” children in order to get illegal alien grown-ups over the Southern border into the United States.

“OOPS! A media outlet slipped & printed the truth today!,” Ann Coulter declared, showing people that the media is not being forthright and truthful when reporting on the supposed border separation program.

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