Shep Smith couldn’t wait to tear into the FISA memo on Friday. After a week of anticipation, the document was made public and it was time for the media to go into full spin-mode.
Russia was on Shep’s mind as he excoriated the GOP for the memo, which was drafted by House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes.
Here is Shep at his Sheppiest torching the California Republican:.
“The man behind the memo, Devin Nunes claims that it shows serious violations of the public trust,” Smith waded in. “Democrats call it a sham. Meant to undermine the investigation into team Trump’s ties with Russia.”
“We’ll boil down with what the memo does and doesn’t show and asked if it could affect Robert Mueller’s case,” Shep said.
“Let’s get to it,” Shep continued. “The memo is out. The ones Republican have been hyping as jaw-dropping and led the president to say when you look at it and see it, it’s a disgrace what is going on in this country.”
“That memo is largely about one thing, the surveillance of Carter Page,” Smith said, although this is untrue. “The former Trump adviser who has been on the FBI’s radar for possible Russian weirdness since 2013. The Russian document…”
Russia on the mind, Shep?
“…or I should say the Republican document reads like a press release. Its authors accuse the feds of abusing the authority to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser in its investigation. The top Democrat warns the memo leaves out the full picture and key pieces of evidence. Context matters and it’s missing.”
“According to the memo, former FBI director, or I should say deputy director, Andrew Mccabe said that without the Trump dossier, there would have been an investigation,” Smith said. “McCabe testified in 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISA without the Steele dossier information.”
“The political document leaves out the fact that Page caught the attention of FBI officials way back in 2013 when the feds recorded a suspected Russian spy, saying he might be able to leverage the former Trump adviser for information,” Smith continued,
“Democrats on House Intelligence Committee released a lengthy statement shortly after the release of the memo,” he said.
“In it, lawmakers address the evidence surrounding Carter Page. Part of the statement reads, ‘in order to understand the context in which the FBI sought a FISA warrant for Carter Page, it’s necessary to understand how the investigation began, what other information the FBI had about Russia’s efforts to interfere with our election and what the FBI knew about Carter Page prior to making application to the court, including Carter Page’s previous interactions with Russia intelligence operatives.’ President Trump says the contents of the memo are a ‘disgrace.’ ”
“When you look at that and you see that and so many other things, what’s going on, a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves and much worse than that,” President Trump concluded.
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