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The Morning Briefing: MSM Normalizes the NorKs, Schiff Spins Like a Whirling Dervish and Much, Much, More

Good Monday morning.

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

  • The president hosts a meeting with state and local officials about his infrastructure initiative
  • President Trump receives his intelligence briefing
  • Afterwards, the president meets with Vice President Mike Pence
  • President Trump has lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

RUSSIA collusion update

On Friday, the White House released a memo from FBI Director Wray and DOJ Assistant Attorney General Rosenstein containing objections to certain content in the 10-page memo written by HPSCI Democrats rebutting the GOP HPSCI memo summarizing abuse of the FISA court process by the Obama administration. We all knew that leaker and camera whore Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) was setting up the president so that the memo, intentionally littered with sources and methods, would need to be edited before release, and he could claim the president was trying to suppress the Dems' "incriminating" memo. Schiff stepped up right on cue to do exactly that on Sunday.

“The president doesn’t want you to see these facts from the FISA application because it completely undermines his claim of vindication,” Schiff told CBS’s “Face the Nation,” referring to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court application used to obtain a warrant to spy on a former Trump campaign aide.

Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said he plans to work with the FBI to redact necessary information from the Democratic memo, which rebuts a document drafted by staff of the panel's Republican chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.).

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes responded to Schiff's theatrics.

Nunes, during an appearance on Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” blamed Democrats for packing their memo full of “sources and methods” – critical information about how the committee recruits sources and uncovers information.

Trump told the Democrats they would need to work with the Department of Justice to redact “classified and especially sensitive passages” before the memo can be made public.

“If they really wanted to get it out they’d be down there all day yesterday redacting it and getting it back over to the White House so the public can know what’s in it,” Nunes said. “So this is nothing but politics.”

Obviously, Schiff isn't going to work on Sunday. How would he appear on all the Sunday shows?

Meanwhile, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) responded to some of Schiff's Sunday spin:

In an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation," Schiff, D-Calif., accused Grassley, R-Iowa, of being "part of the same effort along with [House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes to try to put the FBI and Bob Mueller's investigation on trial."

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"If Schiff (or anyone else) is going to claim that it is Grassley’s intent to undermine the Mueller probe, they should back it up with actual evidence or retract it and apologize for questioning the motives of their colleagues without any basis whatsoever," Foy said. "Otherwise, they’re only exposing their own biases."