WHO IS GUILTY OF “COLLUSION?”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 20, 2018) — On Saturday afternoon, Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH14) tweeted that the House Permanent Subcommittee on Intelligence (HPSCI) “plans to begin the process to release the FBI/FISA/Russia memo.”
In a tweet on Friday, Joyce said that he had read the four-page memo released earlier this month after months of stonewalling by the Justice Department to the House Intel Committee and found it “disturbing.”
While the memo remains classified and members of Congress who have read it have not divulged its contents, those who have spoken out have indicated that it contains evidence of criminal conduct within the Justice Department and its subsidiary, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), involving the apparent surveillance of then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and members of his staff for political reasons after a warrant was obtained under false pretenses.
A now-infamous “Trump dossier” containing unverified claims about Trump’s alleged “collusion” with the Kremlin to win the 2016 presidential election is now believed to have become the basis for obtaining the warrant from the FISA court to “wiretap” Trump campaign aides.
On Tuesday, The Washington Examiner’s Byron York reported that the “Obama State Department” may have participated in the assembling and “dissemination” of the dossier.
An investigation was launched in the summer of 2016 after allegations of Russian “collusion” with Trump were made, with a second prong focused on alleged Russian “meddling” in the outcome of the election. Trump has vehemently denied any “collusion” and more recently pointed to the DNC, Hillary Clinton, and sympathetic actors as having “colluded” with the Russians by their commissioning of the dossier by Fusion GPS through the politically-connected Democrat law firm, Perkins Coie.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (F-FL1) said on “Hannity” on Thursday night that he believes that based on the “alarming” information in the memo, some government employees “will go to jail” and that the American people deserve to know the memo’s contents.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH4) concurred, as did others. “The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday approved a motion by New York Rep. Pete King to release the memo on abuses of FISA, or the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, to all House members,” Fox News reported on Thursday.
The hiring of former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III as Special Counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last May was based on allegations of coordination between Trump and the Kremlin which the mainstream media widely supported. Given the information in the classified memo, Gaetz has said that the Mueller investigation could be disbanded.
Joyce said that the release of the memo, once set in motion, could “take up to 19+ Congressional work days.”