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The Morning Briefing: Blumenthal?, Schiff Punked by RUSSIANS, Clock Ticking on DACA and Much, Much, More

Good Wednesday morning.

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

  • In the morning, the president will receive his daily intelligence briefing
  • Afterwards, the president will meet with the secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Later, the president will meet with the chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission
  • The president will meet with Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee
  • The president will host the National Prayer Breakfast dinner

BREAKING: More texts between Strzok and Page uncovered, lead to more questions

Strzok: "Disappointing, but look at the district map. Loudon is being gentrified, but it's still largely ignorant hillbillys [sic]. Good for her for running, but curious if she's energized or never again."

Nice.

Gowdy: I'm not saying it was Clinton associate Sidney Blumenthal feeding info to Chris Steele, but it was Clinton associate Sidney Blumenthal feeding information to Chris Steele

Last night, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) was interviewed on Martha MacCallum's show "The Story" and spoke about the FISA abuse memo written by the House Intelligence Committee, HPSCI. He confirmed the suspicions of many people following this FISA abuse saga closely:

Gowdy told Fox News' "The Story" that "when you hear who ... one of the sources of that information is, you're going to think, 'Oh my gosh, I've heard that name somewhere before.'"

When host Martha MacCallum asked if he was referring to Blumenthal, Gowdy answered, "That'd be really warm. You're warm, yeah."

Gowdy is referring to this line, included in a criminal referral from Senate Judiciary chaiman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to the FBI regarding the sourcing of a second Trump dossier: "a foreign sub-source who is in touch with (redacted), a contact of (redacted), a friend of the Clintons, who passed it to (redacted).'" Gowdy has solved part one of the RUSSIAN-collusion Mad Lib!

Last time we heard about Sidney Blumenthal, he was in the headlines because his email was hacked and we learned he was sending then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton intelligence reports about Libya and the Middle East. And I'm positive those reports had nothing to do with Blumenthal's business interests.

Rep. Adam Schiff, clown, colludes with RUSSIANS to acquire Trump dirt

Yesterday we learned a sitting congressman on the Intelligence Committee was working with RUSSIANS for political gain.

The top Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence fell for a prank phone call in which two Russian comedians claimed to have compromising information on President Donald Trump, including recordings of discussions about naked photos.

The lawmaker, California Rep. Adam Schiff, also had members of his staff follow up to obtain the dirt on Trump, The Daily Mail reports.

Schiff claims he knew it was a prank but it doesn't sound like it. "I’ll be in touch with the FBI about this. And we’ll make arrangements with your staff. I think it probably would be best to provide these materials both to our committee and to the FBI,” he said in the call. He also had a staffer follow up to set up a meeting to get the dirt. Time for an investigation into Adam Schiff!