- The Washington Times - Friday, February 2, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) the Chairman of the Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives, took to Twitter last night to express the dire stakes in the political chess game surrounding the FISA memo, scheduled to be released today. 

Despite what Rachel Maddow might tell you tonight once the talking points have been delivered by Susan Rice, James Clapper, Ben Rhodes, James Comey and the entire Obama team that got the FBI into the constitutional mess they find themselves in, take a moment and read this short explanation of how critically important the issues surrounding this memo are…  (SPOILER ALERT: It has absolutely NOTHING to do with Donald Trump)

“Because through all the “memo” news and headlines, it’s critical to remember why this issue is important and why it should matter to everyday Americans What this issue is all about: whether the Department of Justice and FBI, under President Obama, abused their surveillance authority against American citizens and political opponents. Put another way: was the Obama DOJ weaponized to spy on the Trump campaign?

“Remember, in general, the DOJ and FBI spying on American citizens should automatically be met with MAJOR skepticism. That’s what the Fourth Amendment is designed to protect against. When those American citizens are ALSO political opponents? It should raise even more red flags. So, take that principle, and look at what happened in this case. The DOJ spied on Carter Page, an American citizen. Red flag. Carter Page was also part of the Trump campaign. Double red flag. It should automatically raise questions.

“Now, pause: we know about the Peter Strzok/Lisa Page texts, the “missing” texts, the McCabe concerns, etc. But this is about more. Focus on the dossier here—the political opposition research project put together by Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS, and the DNC by extension. Quite simply: This infamous “Russian Dossier” was unverified political opposition research paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC. If the Department of Justice used information like that as a key part of getting a surveillance warrant, it would be a HUGE problem.

“Now, from what we’ve already known for months, it sure looks like that’s exactly what happened: that the FBI used that very dossier to get a warrant. @Jim_Jordan asked the FBI about it 2 months ago. I asked too. We asked for the FISA application, and the FBI wouldn’t show us. We’ve asked repeatedly for information from the FBI, both privately and publicly. We’ve openly told FBI and DOJ officials—if we’re wrong, tell us! Tell us what was in the FISA application. Let us see the document. But we’ve been stonewalled for almost a year.

“So the bottom line is this: if, in 2016, the DOJ and FBI used an unverified, Clinton/DNC paid-for dossier to spy on American citizens (and political opponents) in the Trump campaign, that is as wrong as it gets.

“If that happened, Americans deserve to know about it. Period.

“I know we live in a hyper-partisan environment, and I know it can be easy to disregard any inquiry like this as party politics. I understand that.But this is so far above politics, folks. Lady Justice wears a blindfold. Her scale is supposed to be balanced.  If any Department of Justice, Republican or Democrat, put their thumb on the scale for the sake of politics—it would undermine the very fabric of who we are as a nation. Americans deserve the truth, one way or the other.

“Last point: If you remember anything from this news cycle, remember: your right as an American to privacy from your government spying on you is critical. It is foundational to who we are as a Republic. Never take that right for granted, no matter the political party you belong to.”



Now everyone remember this, as you hear the distorted, political spin on the nightly news this evening. 

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