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The Morning Briefing: Battle of the Memos, Constitutional Crises and Much, Much More

Good Monday morning.

The Patriots lost the Super Bowl. I have nothing more to say about that.

Here is what's on the president's agenda today:

  • In the morning, the president will meet with Vice President Mike Pence.
  • The president and first lady will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • The first lady will visit Children’s Hospital Medical Center to participate in a briefing on opioids and a patient meet and greet.
  • President Trump tours the Sheffer Corporation and discusses tax reform.
  • The president and first lady return to Washington, D.C.

Memo spin level: expert

On Friday, the House Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) released the much-anticipated memo. Some of the important things we learned from the memo include: the RUSSIAN-sourced dossier was used in the FISA warrant; the RUSSIAN-sourced dossier was "verified" by a Yahoo News article that was informed by the RUSSIAN-sourced dossier in question; the FISC was not told the extent to which the dossier originated from a political interest; and McCabe testified the feds would not have gotten a FISA warrant without the RUSSIAN-sourced dossier. Most of all, the memo just raised more questions. Everything surrounding the four FISA processes needs to be released. Let's go.

The Democrats and the federal agency implicated in the memo predicted tragic consequences if the memo was released. We were told the release of the memo would spark a constitutional crisis. I agree: it is evident the Democrats and the administrative state are not interested in participating in the American checks and balances system. The Democrats and their surrogate media claim the committees are partisan. Congress has oversight of the Department of Justice and yet the department has resisted cooperation with the congressional investigators tasked with this oversight. I have to ask: is congressional oversight necessarily partisan when the GOP is in the majority but not when the Democrats are? If so, what kind of oversight do we have for these agencies? Does the DOJ prefer not to have any oversight at all? That's what it sounds like according to the snowflake who wrote an op-ed in The New York Times explaining why he quit the FBI. "To be effective, the F.B.I. must be believed and must maintain the support of the public it serves," former FBI employee and James Comey's assistant Josh Campbell writes. Well, how about you earn that support and not abuse the public trust by using the power of the government to punish those you decide are your political adversaries?

We were also told that the release of the memo would gravely endanger national security but that turned out to be laughable after the memo was released and we all read it. No one will ever call out the Democrats who made these claims about their ridiculous exaggerations. It certainly reinforces the suspicion that something improper was going on at the DOJ since the Democrats and Democrat media surrogates were willing to say anything to keep this memo secret.