Elder Patriot – House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes has ratcheted up the heat on nearly two-dozen “current and former” high-ranking officials.
Those who had hoped they had weathered the worst of the fraudulent dossier fallout are now on notice that Nunes is just getting started. Nunes is a pit bull and, unlike the limp wristed Republicans these anti-Trump bureaucrats have become accustomed to rolling over, they are beginning to come to terms with the fact that they may be facing their Armageddon.
The recipients of the letters were not identified but the demands for information were clear:
Former FBI Director James Comey testified that the dossier was both “salacious and unverified.” But, that didn’t stop any number of Obama officials from making it the central piece of evidence in an application to the FISC to secure a surveillance warrant on Carter Page, and by extension as many of the Trump campaign team members as Page would come in contact with.
Now, Nunes wants to know what they knew and when, every last one of them. Including Obama. And the HPSCI chairman left little wiggle room for those who might try to avoid answering.
Every letter included this warning: “If you do not provide timely answers on a voluntary process, the Committee will initiate compulsory process,” suggesting that subpoenas would be forthcoming to those who refused to respond by the date the letters compel then to.
Moreover, question 9 is aimed straight at Obama. Comey testified that he had briefed Obama for the first time on January 5, 2017, fifteen days before his term ended.
But, four months before that, in a September 2, 2016 text from FBI attorney Lisa Page wrote to FBI Counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok President Obama wanted “to know everything we’re doing.”
The following month, in October of 2016, the first FISA warrant was issued authorizing surveillance against Carter Page. Are we to believe that Obama had no knowledge of the FISA warrant until January of the following year?
Nunes can read those discrepancies better than you can.