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February 5, 2018 --

A few LPR observations on the Nunes Memo

The Nunes Memo focuses on surveillance of one person: Carter Page, for a time, per the memo, "a volunteer advisor to the Trump presidential campaign." Page was hardly a key campaign aide.
Also, The New York Times, April 20, 2017, reported that it was only after Page left the Trump campaign in September 2016 that "the F.B. I. obtained a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court" to monitor his activities. Democrats are irate that classified information was allowed to be released on Page, information indicating the FBI and Justice Department had no problem using the anti-Trump dossier for surveillance purpose. But where was there ire, when the Times reported, presumably with leaked classified information, surveillance of Page, last year? And, who else was placed under surveillance. (Surveillance of the Page surveillance got underway in October, 2016, about the same time the anti-Trump FBI senior agent Peter Strzok resumed work on the renewed phase of Clinton emailgate, which also cleared Ms. Clinton, as did the first phase, July 2016.)

Some National Security Analysts from The Swamp, now at NBC and CBS.

Former CIA director John Brennan is now a national security advisor at NBC. He appeared on Meet the Press program, February 4, to denounce Republicans for partisanship, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes for trying to protect President Trump, adding, "Just because [the Steele dossier] was unverified, didn't mean it wasn't true."

And so, The Swamp has tossed "trust but verify" aside. Meanwhile, at Face the Nation, February 4, "national security panelists" included former CIA acting director Mike Morell, and former State Department official Victoria Nuland who said that the Nunes memo marked "a great day for V. Putin." Variation on the collusion claim? All three of these tv natsec analysts are staunchly anti-Trump.

One quick question.

If Democrats regain the House and impeach Presidsent Trump, what will be the main charge: governing while defending against political attack?