I’m trying to summarize this memo that has the GOP all a-twitter. Let’s see if I got it straight.
Our intelligence agents knew Carter Page was in deep with the Russians, had given speeches in Russia about how great Russia was, and was suspected to be a Russian agent.
They knew he was also working with the Trump campaign and was probably involved with deals between the campaign and Russia. They had already been following him and had a legitimate warrant to do so.
Their job is to gather information from whatever sources they can. They got a hold of a document that had information first gathered by Republicans trying to stop Trump and then Democrats trying to stop Trump. They used that information to obtain a second legitimate warrant. And then a third.
I think that’s it.
The GOP claims that the investigators looking into this and suspecting Trump of being a part of this were “biased” and therefore the investigation into this conspiracy should be suspended because it’s all made up (despite the fact that we already have people who have pled guilty).
Nowhere do I see any claim that the information in the document was incorrect or that the warrant wasn’t justified.
As for bias, allow me to say that I work with police officers every day, and when they have a suspect, yes, they tend to be “biased” against them. That’s kind of their job.
So. Can someone please tell me what all the fuss is about? What am I missing?
What are you missing? The Trumper line of reasoning seems to be that the Steele dossier was prepared by Trump’s enemies and therefore could not be used as the basis for an investigation (which conclusion does not follow) and therefore anything that happened since then is tainted and cannot be used. Funny, I don’t recall anything in the indictments or confessions Mueller has obtained citing the Steele dossier as the essential proof.
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