Waiting for the Persuasion Knockout in FISA-Gate

Secret societies were more formidable back when the membership didn’t text each other about their secret outfit like ADD-addled teenagers as our FBI lovebird’s non-missing texts (approximately) did –

Trump v Hillary?

Wut iss diiis shiit?

Diiis shiit is about the Russia investigation’s persuasion power rapidly taking on water.  This disaster on the Potomac remains a disaster even if the reference to a “secret society” was meant purely in jest.

If “society” in context is not the persuasion slam-dunk Trump is waiting for, he has more impressive torpedoes at his disposal such as Strzok admitting his hesitancy to join the Mueller probe since his gut told him there’s no “there-there”.

And who knows what else will be dredged up from the bottom if Hillary didn’t scrub Strzok and Page’s missing love letters with enough acid wash.

If the boat hasn’t capsized its hull is clearly sustaining a worrisome number of leaks:  Polls have the credibility of the Mueller investigation already underwater with the public.

All this is enough for Trump to persuasively spin this much smoke as the boiler room is on fire.  Still, the ship is not yet sunk.

If I’m going to speculate on what could sink this garbage barge once and for all (and I will) I would look towards the House Intelligence Committee’s FISA memo.

Specifically, whether the memo alleges crimes were committed by Comey’s FBI.  Especially damaging would be if the criminal activity involved making false statements to the FISA court.

We know from vague descriptions of the memo made by GOP Congressmen that some of them believe taking criminal action against senior FBI officials would be justified.  Those skeptical the memo contains a decisive blow against Mueller and Comey’s vanity project have conjectured Republican Congressmen are overreacting because of their own partisan bias.

Potentially.

But, keep in mind that whatever opinion you have of the House Republicans many of them have extensive law enforcement and legal experience.  That makes them better judges of what is or is not a legal problem for “senior FBI officials” than the average Republican activist.

If they refer to criminal activity involved with the FBI’s monitoring of the Trump campaign that likely means they see particular violations of particular legal statutes.

If it turns out there is evidence of criminal use of FISA warrants then the investigation is likely cooked:  Among other effects Comey and McCabe would potentially become targets of a criminal investigation, Mueller as Comey’s close friend and mentor would be too biased to remain as special counsel, the trustworthiness of the Russia investigation will suffer a decisive loss in public confidence, other FBI officials lower on the food chain may squeal on their superiors to save themselves, and so forth.

Via Powerline, former US attorney Joe diGenova believes a (partially redacted) declassified FISA Court opinion from April 26, 2017 that mentions Obama officials lying to the Court through documents obtained by “contractors” is actually referring to the FBI’s Trump investigation.  Although who was being monitored and who the contractors were has been redacted, diGenova speculates the monitored party was the Trump campaign and the contractors were Fusion GPS and CrowdStrike.

It could very well be these same false statements mentioned by the FISA Court opinion are the same legal violations Republican Congressmen suggested could result in criminal charges against “senior FBI officials”.

If this is the case, the least of the persuasion problems facing Strzok and his circle of incompetents will be his text messages.

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4 thoughts on “Waiting for the Persuasion Knockout in FISA-Gate”

  1. One more day to wait until we see the memo.

    The hysteria to it is already so great that it may not live up to the hype.

    However, there still should be enough dirt for Trump to make persuasion hay out of it for several news cycles.

    You might find this interesting:

    It’s a good plan if one’s game is to short stocks.

    But I wouldn’t interpret that as an indicator of a collapse of the eurozone.

    If Italy exits the euro it will be done in a gradual fashion not an uncontrolled one.

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