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Trump blocked the release of a Democratic rebuttal to the Republican (Nunes) memo regarding surveillance of former Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page. Thus, Trump just achieved an almost impossible feat – to make himself look even more guilty.

The Nunes memo actually admitted that the Russia investigation wasn’t dependent upon the Steele dossier, but rather stemmed from information about George Papadoupolos.

Furthermore, it tells us that the FISA warrant mentioned George Papadoupolos, meaning that it was not entirely dependent upon the Steele dossier, either.

By the very denial of the fact that they cooperated, Nunes reminds us that Carter Page and George Papadoupolos both worked on Trump’s foreign policy team. Nunes bizarrely says that there was no evidence of cooperation or conspiracy between Page and Papadoupolos, whereas they both served on Trump’s foreign policy team together, both had Russian contacts, both are supposedly oil and gas “consultants”. By definition their jobs would have been to cooperate together and conspire. As far as a larger Russia conspiracy goes, they appear like-minded enough that one meeting or contact by Page and Papadoupolos would be sufficient for them to cooperate and conspire, but they had more than one. Carter Page, however, appears more pro-Russian government and Papadoupolos more anxious to please.

Excerpt from Nunes Memo, followed by excerpt from Senator Feinstein letter:


One Democrat rebuttal was apparently circulated by US Congressman Nadler, ranking head of the House Judiciary Committee, and made the following points:
I. The FISA court found probable cause to believe that Carter Page is an agent of a foreign power. Nothing in the Nunes memo rules out the possibility that considerable evidence beyond the Steele dossier helped the court reach that conclusion.

II. Christopher Steele is a recognized expert on Russia and organized crime.

III. The Nunes memo provides no credible basis whatsoever for removing Rod Rosenstein as Deputy Attorney General.

IV. The Nunes memo shows that House Republicans are now part and parcel to an organized effort to obstruct the Special Counsel’s investigation.
Read the entire rebuttal here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/02/04/nadler-rebuttal-to-nunes-memo-we-shouldnt-lose-sight-that-the-fisa-court-found-probable-cause-to-believe-that-carter-page-was-an-agent-of-the-russian-government-house-republicans-complicit-in-obs/
Related: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/in-2013-carter-page-was-already-in-the-fbis-sights-for-communicating-with-russian-spies/

From the VOA:
Trump Blocks Release of Democratic Russia Memo
Last Updated: February 09, 2018 8:34 PM, by William Gallo
U.S. President Donald Trump has blocked the release of a Democratic rebuttal to a Republican memo alleging FBI abuses of power during a probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In a letter released Friday, White House counsel Don McGahn said Trump had decided not to declassify the Democratic memo “because the memorandum contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages.”

The letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes asked for revisions in the document before it could be released.

McGahn’s statement said because of the “public interest in transparency in these unprecedented circumstances, the president has directed that Justice Department personnel be available to give technical assistance to the committee” in its efforts to revise the document.

Trump had until the end of Friday to decide whether to declassify the memo, written by Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

The president last week authorized the release of the Republican version of the memo, which claimed the FBI improperly obtained a warrant to spy on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser, and his connections to Russia.

One of the issues is whether and to what extent the FBI relied on a dossier, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and funded in part by the Hillary Clinton campaign, as evidence to secure the surveillance warrant from a federal judge….

But the Republican document also noted that the investigation started months before the Page warrant request, when FBI agents began looking into another Trump adviser, George Papadopoulos.” https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-promises-letter-on-democratic-russia-memo/4247246.html

Feinstein letter to Kellogg re Carter Page, Papadoupolos, etc.: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/us-senator-feinstein-letter-to-kellogg-requesting-info-on-carter-page-george-papadoupolos-and-other-trump-campaign-foreign-policy-team-members/