After over eight months of waiting House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has finally managed to pry the electronic communication, shared with the FBI by one of America’s “intelligence partners”, from the grip of the DOJ.
The two page heavily redacted memo is supposed to be what kicked-off the Russia probe. Nunes and Gowdy were able to threaten until they finally got the important memo. It’s all stonewalling by the intel agencies and Democrats.
NUNES THREATENED TO IMPEACH WRAY AND ROSENSTEIN:
Zero Hedge reports:
Nunes subpoeanad the DOJ for all documents used to justify the initial FISA warrant against Trump advisor Carter Page and other threads of the initial Russia collusion probe, which was supposedly launched during the summer of 2016 shortly after Trump secured the GOP nomination. That probe has since morphed into the investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to the Hill.
While it’s widely known that the Steele dossier was one of these documents, the FBI has long contended that there was another factor– evidence that George Papadopoulos boasted about knowing of a Russian plot to release stolen Hillary campaign emails before it was carried out. Papadopoulos was later indicted and is now cooperating with the Mueller.
The document in question is a two-page “electronic communication” that was supplied to the FISA court. But here’s the catch: The Hill provides no details about the document or what it represents.
Nunes and members of his committee were supplied with a heavily redacted version of the document last year, but Nunes complained that it was virtually indecipherable. The only redactions in the draft distributed to members of the committee were “narrowly tailored” to “protect national security interests” so as not to “undermine the trust” between the US and this foreign nation.
The foreign nation in question is Australia…
As the New York Times reported several months ago:
WASHINGTON — During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.
About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign.
Exactly how much Mr. Papadopoulos said that night at the Kensington Wine Rooms with the Australian, Alexander Downer, is unclear. But two months later, when leaked Democratic emails began appearing online, Australian officials passed the information about Mr. Papadopoulos to their American counterparts, according to four current and former American and foreign officials with direct knowledge of the Australians’ role.
The hacking and the revelation that a member of the Trump campaign may have had inside information about it were driving factors that led the F.B.I. to open an investigation in July 2016 into Russia’s attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of President Trump’s associates conspired.