The #ReleaseTheMemo effort--a combination of MAGA-Hats and Russian bots (but The Omnivore repeats himself!)--got their way and, in what is becoming a pattern, may come to wish they hadn't. Breaking with the InfoWars playbook of claiming to have block-buster data--but never quite revealing it--Nunes released the
What we learned:
- A little bit about how FISA courts work
- That Papadoc had been being followed before the Cart Page stuff started
- That, it turns out, Page had bragged about his Kremlin contacts (we learned this the day after from the TIME).
- That the dossier was used in getting the warrant (but that each 90 days they had to keep the warrant open so some other info must have come out).
If you were Nunes, whose opponents are now using the memo to fundraise against him, why would you want to bring this on yourself?
A Specifc Play To The Base
The memo makes a specific play--a specific message to Trump's base. This is it: they have been convinced of several lies--to wit:
- By virtue of not being verified the Steele dossier has been fully discredited. This is not true. Lack of verification of what happened inside the Kremlin is in no way the same as not having evidence that what Steele reports could well be true. The fact is: we don't know yet--but it's not insane to believe that significant portions of the Steele dossier are accurate.
- That after many, many months of looking for evidence of "collusion," nothing has been found and therefore what remains is just a witch-hunt. This is not true. Firstly, the Don Jr. emails are evidence of what appears to be at least attempted collusion. The firing of Comey with an official story of "Hillary's Emails" and a real-reason of "Russia" plus lying about Don Jr.'s emails sure looks like a cover-up. There are allegations that Trump pressured people doing the GOP platform on Ukraine--and so on. A bunch of stuff "has been found" but we aren't doing the investigation--the investigation has yet to conclude.
- The Trump Jr. meeting was a GPS-Democrat set up/sting operation. In this lie, the lawyer's association with GPS is proof that the whole thing was a sting-op to trap Team Trump into . . . something (?). What, of course isn't clear. The fact that the Free Beacon (conservative) also hired GPS is easily forgotten by these people. Basically, there a pretty big issue with with theTrump Tower meeting and the base has have a reason to dispute it.
So what this memo does is try to tie the dossier--which the base believes is a work-of-fiction hit-job (which has been debunked) to the unlawful surveilance of Trump (yes, Carter Page--but remember, the base still thinks the FBI illegally wiretaped Trump--this is directionally important)--which means that the FBI--and therefore Mueller are trying to create false evidence with which to convict Trump.
The memo is just another talking point in this (stupid) line of reasoning--but it will help those who are having a hard time with cognitive dissonance sleep better.