Tough Funding negotiations ahead for Schumer at the WH as news of a dossier FISA epic smoking gun memo hits the news
We are just now receiving reports that the FISA investigation in Congress has found a major smoking gun memo. Not long after that, we are also being told that Schumer is headed to the White House to speak with President Trump to “negotiate” the funding bill to prevent a showdown before the deadline.
Things are about to seriously interesting. I would love to be a fly on the wall at that meeting.
‘Worse Than Watergate’: Republicans uncover FISA memo they say changes everything on Trump investigation
January 19, 2018
The Obama administration’s abuse of power has already been established.
If a FISA document uncovered by House investigators proves to be as bad as all appearances, the prior administration will stand accused of abusing federal law enforcement and intelligence assets in order to sabotage Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
The FISA court, established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, approves warrantless wiretapping and interception of communications; it is intended to empower federal agencies to prevent foreign powers from engaging in hostile acts against the United States, including espionage and terrorism.
As the FISA Act of 1978, and particularly section 702, cleared a House vote taking place last week and the Senate on Thursday, President Donald Trump has accused FISA of empowering Obama-era agencies to conduct surveillance on his presidential campaign communications.
“‘House votes on controversial FISA ACT today.’ This is the act that may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others?” Trump said in a tweet last week.
Did President Trump know about the existence of the FISA document now in the hands of House investigators? The document allegedly pertains to Fusion GPS’s role obtaining the highly suspect Steele dossier for the Democratic National Committee.
“The facts contained in this memo are jaw-dropping and demand full transparency. There is no higher priority than the release of this information to preserve our democracy,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL). A House Judiciary Committee member, Rep. Gaetz conducts oversight on the Department of Justice and the FBI.
“I think that this will not end just with firings. I believe there are people who will go to jail,” Gaetz later said on Fox News, referring to senior DOJ and FBI officials. “I think there will be criminal implications here.”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, agreed with his colleague Rep. Gaetz.
“It is so alarming the American people have to see this,” Jordan told Fox News.
“It’s troubling. It is shocking,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) also told Fox News. “Part of me wishes that I didn’t read it because I don’t want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much.”
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) referred to the information contained in the memo as “worse than Watergate.”
“I have read the memo. The sickening reality has set in. I no longer hold out hope there is an innocent explanation for the information the public has seen. I have long said it is worse than Watergate,” he wrote.
Read the article HERE.
Right behind that breaking article is this one:
Trump summons Chuck Schumer to White House for shutdown talks
Jan 19, 2018
President Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., will meet Friday afternoon at the White House just hours before the government is set to partially shut down.
According to a person familiar with the meeting, Trump reached out to Schumer and invited him to the White House for the meeting.
The meeting is set to happen shortly, according to the source.
The Senate is set to vote on a House-passed government funding deal Friday that would fund the government until Feb. 16 and include a six-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which is not expected to pass with the necessary 60 votes.
Democrats oppose the bill, and say it should also include language to protect Dreamers. Republicans say there is still time to deal with immigration later, and have balked at the Democratic demand.
Read their article HERE.
Now if I were sitting around a card table with these guys, I wonder which one would “blink”. Seems Democrats have stated categorically they refuse to blink on a shutdown of government vote today. The shutdown would begin tomorrow.
HOWEVER, if someone held such powerful cards as the one just exploding in conservative news today, I would have to wonder if Schumer isn’t preparing to shed a few drops of liberal tears as he strolls in and takes a seat at Trump’s table.
President Trump comes across as one willing to play hardball. This latest news on the dossier and FISA has me wondering exactly what he has up his gambling sleeve.
GOP can get a nervous as the sideline watchers at the high stakes power tournament but Trump could fool them.
I could be wrong but winning hands have to be played if one plans to win and I don’t see Trump planning to throw the game at this point.
Needless to say, it would give me great pleasure to see a shaken Schumer stumble back to his senate group and try to explain why they really need to okay this spending bill right away.