The Morning Briefing: There Was Spying and Much, Much More

Good Thursday morning.

Breaking: Julian Assange arrested.

“Julian Assange, 47, has today, Thursday 11 April, been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the Embassy of Ecuador,” police said.

Developing...

Today's must read: Why Last Year's Trump-Russia Pulitzer Was No Prize

There was spying on the Trump campaign. FULL STOP.

Yesterday, an exchange between Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and AG William Barr during a Senate Appropriations hearing tore the space-time continuum for the institutional left. What appeared to careful observers of the Trump-RUSSIA collusion fable as a simple statement of fact, was an earth-shattering, scandalous, shocking blasphemy to those invested and implicated in the greatest political scandal in American history.

"I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal," Barr said in a congressional hearing, deliberately or not, playing into claims that Trump's campaign was unfairly targeted by the FBI. "I think spying did occur."

Barr's statement is a fact. A FACT. There is no "claim" to be made about spying because it's demonstrably true.

The redacted FISA warrant, along with copies of three additional renewals of the warrant, used to SPY on Carter Page are public. The purpose of the warrant is to get the authority to SPY on Carter Page's communications. The warrant granted the government the ability to SPY not only on Page's future communications but on Page's past communications including his time as a volunteer on the Trump team. It also included the authority to obtain the communications of anyone with whom Page communicated. That would probably be folks on the Trump campaign, ergo, SPYING on the Trump camp.

The FISA warrants assert that Page is an agent of a foreign power.

Last night on Twitter, I raised this question:

What "evidence" did the feds have to claim Page was a foreign asset? A special counsel investigation that involved 19 lawyers and 40 FBI agents yielded nothing. I don't know what was redacted from the memos but Mueller's team certainly does. Page is a free man; presumably, he's not a RUSSIAN spy.

And that's just the FISA spying. There were human assets, Mifsud and Halper, deployed overseas by the ringleader of this operation, CIA's John Brennan. There were national security letters. This information is all public, so why are the media and the Democrats so shocked?

The narrative now coming from crazy conspiracy theorists who peddled the evidence-less collusion hoax for years is that Barr is simply regurgitating a conspiracy theory himself. The fact that the media and Democrats are melting down is merely a sign that Barr is correct to begin an investigation.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz introduces the PENCIL act

Congressional troll-level: epic.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has introduced the PENCIL act to get clown Rep. Adam Schiff (R-Calif.) off of the House Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) and his security clearance revoked.

The resolution's title in full is the Preventing Extreme Negligence with Classified Information Licenses. It calls for Schiff's ousting from the committee because he "can no longer be trusted" and claims Schiff made a series of false statements about Trump.

Schiff has been heavily criticized since Attorney General William Barr revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller did not find a conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

As you may remember, Schiff is a dossier/collusion truther who used his position and access to classified material to mumble for the media about Trump being a RUSSIAN asset or something.

"It is the sense of the House of Representatives that Congressman Adam Schiff should be removed from the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House and that his security clearance should be revoked immediately," the resolution said.

Gaetz was on Tucker Carlson last night to talk about Schiff.

“There are Democrats in Congress who feel betrayed, because like the rest of the country... they were told that there was actual evidence of collusion, that this was going to happen, and a lot of those very Democrats went out on a limb in the campaign, right, and promised their voters that this evidence would be turned up,” Gaetz told Tucker.

“Now we know the whole deal was fake. It was a lie. And really, I think a lot of the narrative has been a cover-up for the fact that under the Obama administration, our intelligence community got so politicized at the upper levels that they allowed political opposition research to justify something that should never happen in this country. And, you're right, it should never happen from either side.”

No doubt this joker Schiff should be removed from the HPSCI.

Your daily WTF:

Father and son in Illinois sold diseased human remains for profit, federal charges say

Historical picture of the day:

World-renowned British actor Sean Connery, famous for his role as secret agent James Bond 007, relaxes at the River Room of the Savoy Hotel in London, United Kingdom on April 11, 1971, after coming back from the Grave to take his famous Bond role in the United Artists film version of the James Bond story "Diamonds Are Forever." Connery, 40, later left for Las Vegas where filming for the picture is in progress. The actor last made a Bond film in 1967 and subsequently announced his retirement from playing the character. (AP Photo/Bob Dear)

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Ocasio-Cortez rips College Republicans over branding her a 'domestic terrorist'

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Feds seize $4.5 million Avenatti plane amid tax scandal

Ilhan Omar stays mum on 9/11 comments, complains of double standard on ‘Colbert’

‘Inflammatory Rhetoric’: WaPo Trashes Nick Sandmann’s Lawsuit as Political Stunt

Lori Loughlin Reportedly ‘Neglected’ Plea Deal Opportunity Because She Thought She Could ‘Skate By’

Yahoo reaches $117.5 million settlement in huge data breach

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Mnuchin calls Democrats' request for Trump's tax returns "unprecedented"

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RNC, freed from consent-decree limits, goes on ballot security offensive

Ted Cruz, Twitter executive spar over alleged censorship, shadowbanning of conservatives

Acting ICE boss Ron Vitiello, passed over for permanent job, to resign in days

Buttigieg rises in polls as husband's popularity grows

Superbug fungus a 'serious global health threat' as over 600 in US are infected: CDC

Gillette posted a photo of a plus-size model and Twitter couldn't handle it

And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!