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The Morning Briefing: Battle of the Memos, Clinton Cartel Fed Info to Steele and Much, Much More

Good Tuesday morning.

I do not have the president's schedule today.

Carter Page, partisan snoop victim, appears on Laura Ingraham

Related: NYT sues for access to documents on Carter Page surveillance

Senators: The Hillary Cartel fed info Christopher Steele

Pretty astonishing.

Clinton associates were "feeding" allegations to former British spy Christopher Steele at the same time he was compiling the controversial anti-Trump dossier paid for by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign, according to an unclassified memo from senior Senate Republicans who recently made a criminal referral.

Those Republicans, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., had asked the Justice Department in January to investigate Steele based on evidence they say suggests he lied to the FBI about his contacts with the media (a violation of 18 USC 1001) -- or the FBI misrepresented Steele’s statements.

The lawmakers are now asking the FBI for an emergency review of their criminal referral so it can be made public, with limited redactions.

The memo states that Steele got information from "a foreign sub-source who is in touch with (redacted), a contact of (redacted), a friend of the Clintons, who passed it to (redacted).” Anyone want to play RUSSIAN-collusion Mad Libs?

"It is troubling enough that the Clinton Campaign funded Mr. Steele's work, but that these Clinton associates were contemporaneously feeding Mr. Steele allegations raises additional concerns about his credibility," the senators wrote to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

"...there is substantial evidence suggesting that Mr. Steele materially misled the FBI about a key aspect of his dossier efforts, one which bears on his credibility,” the senators wrote.

House votes to release Democrat "response" to FISA abuse memo

Despite the hullabaloo from Democrat grandstanders like Rep. Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) voted to release the opposing memo, which responds to the Republican memo on partisan FISA court abuse. They did it unanimously, which is more than the Democrats did for the GOP memo when they all voted against releasing it. (The Democrats favor secrecy among the elites over transparency.) The president has five days to review the memo and decide if he wants it released. The WH has said it will "entertain" the request to release it. RELEASE IT.

HPSCI chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) revealed yesterday that the FISA warrant to spy on campaign volunteer Carter Page included a footnote to the court informing them that the dossier alleged to be the centerpiece of the FISA application "might be political." Is that sufficient? I'm not a lawyer but it seems like that is NOT sufficient. Don't forget, the content of the dossier wasn't independently verified, so the dossier is nothing more than campaign propaganda. It would be one thing if the dossier had been corroborated by the FBI, but according to holiest of hoelies, fired FBI director James Comey, the dossier was "salacious and unverified." Which means it was simply campaign propaganda.