What to do when your initial pitch turns out to be false. That’s what happened to Adam Schiff and other Dems on the House Intelligence Committee

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For more than a week, the Democrats on the House Intel Committee, led by Adam Schiff, had one major point. Releasing the Nunes memo would endanger “sources and methods” at CIA, NSA, etc.

That was not only false. They knew it was false when they said it. The memo has NOTHING remotely related to sources and methods, as was obvious when people read it. Schiff and his buddies had already read it and knew that.

So, Schiff and colleagues switched to 3 new claims.

1) A crucial statement by McCabe in the memo is false.

  • BUT the FBI and DOJ reviewed the memo before its release and had no objections to the veracity of any statement in the memo.

2) The memo tells us nothing important.

  • You be the judge.

3) The memo draws misleading conclusions because it is incomplete

  • The memo draws almost no conclusions. It states a summary of facts related to the FBI/DOJ investigation.
  • But it is incomplete (because it is a summary).

The solution to incompleteness is to see more, lots more, including as much as possible of the underlying documents, redacted to protect intelligence sources and methods.

 

4 Comments
  • Tim Favero
    February 3, 2018

    They sure do look foolish and partisan. I really think that they believe voters, especially Democrats are stupid, ignorant and uninformed.

  • Belladonna Rogers
    February 3, 2018

    Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.

  • Charles Lipson
    February 3, 2018

    I agree, as I so often do with your comments, Tim. They look partisan and their claim that the memo damages honest law enforcement rings hollow, not only because it is false but because the message comes from mouths so unused to uttering it.

  • Dave Lundy
    February 4, 2018

    Charles, that claim that the memo would damage national security was made by DOJ and the FBI. They didn’t like the fact that the FISA process was revealed in the memo. You’re free to disagree but please note you’re not disagreeing just with the Dems on the Intel committee, but also the Trump FBI Director and the Trump DOJ.

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