RUSH: The other big story that is out there: “A review of a classified document [a memo] outlining what is described as extensive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse was made available to all House members Thursday and the revelations could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice, several sources with knowledge of the document stated. These sources say the report is ‘explosive,’ stating they would not be surprised if it leads to the end of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into President Trump and his associates.
“The House Intelligence Committee passed the motion along party lines Thursday to make the classified report alleging extensive ‘FISA Abuse’ related to the controversial [Trump] dossier available to all House members,” and it was, and they’ve all read it. They’ve all seen it. It’s just, what is it, two- or three-page memo. It’s not extensive. “Some members of the House viewed the document in a secure room Thursday.”
It’s a four-page memo is what it is, and do you realize none of it has leaked? (interruption) What do you mean, you “can’t figure out why not”? (interruption) Oh, you want to know why our people aren’t leaking it? Well, the reason the Democrats aren’t leaking it is ’cause it doesn’t help them to leak it. The Democrats in the deep state — various cabinet level and intelligence level positions — were leaking like a sieve, and so was Bannon.
I mean, there’s so many people leaking during the entire first year of the Trump administration, some of them in the administration, but most of them not. Most of them at the intelligence agencies. Every day, as you recall, there was seemingly a bombshell. “This is the end of it! This the end of the Trump presidency! This is it! This is the silver bullet!” Yet with each of those stories, a line was buried in each one saying, “To date, none of these leads have led to any hard evidence. But officials say the odds are that they’ll find it.” Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
So apparently, if we had to guess what this is, this four-page memo details how a federal judge was lied to in an application for a warrant that would grant permission to surveil the Trump campaign and the Trump transition. Without having read this memo, with relative certitude — not ontological certitude, relative certitude — I can pretty much speculate what happened here. We know that the dossier was written by somebody named Glenn Simpson, Fusion GPS, and that he hired a guy named Christopher Steele to actually do it.
The money was sent from the Clinton campaign to a law firm where it was essentially laundered. We have since come to learn that Christopher Steele didn’t write hardly any of it, that he turned it over to Russians. Russians wrote the Steele dossier. The vast majority of it. None of it has ever been corroborated. None of it has been verified. But apparently it was used to go to the FISA court and seek a warrant to surveil the Trump administration — the Trump transition and the Trump campaign — on the basis that what was in this dossier made it likely that the Russians and Trump had worked together to steal a presidential election.
Now, if any part of that happens to be truthful, this is the biggest political scandal of our lifetimes, and nothing comes close. For something that was written as a campaign opposition research document to then be passed off and lied about as legitimately secured and obtained intelligence by the FBI and by the CIA and by other American intelligence agencies? If it was nothing more than a series of political attacks created by one presidential candidate against another and it was used to go to this secret FISA court and get a warrant to spy on the other presidential candidate and his operation?
That would mean that heads everywhere would roll.
This is… It’s difficult to describe the serious nature of this, and judging by what people who’ve read this four-page memo are saying, this is clearly what’s happened. There’s obviously stuff that we don’t know. Now, about the FISA warrant application. There’s one thing about this that does remain a curiosity to me. The president of the United States runs the Department of Justice because it’s part of the executive branch. The president of the United States could order all of this released. Trump could have — at any time in the past 12 months — demanded this stuff be released. Unseal this, take a look at affidavit and what’s in the actual warrant.
Trump could have any time in the past 12 months demanded this stuff be released, unseal this, take a look at the affidavit and what’s in the actual warrant. Well, you have to figure that more than just the Trump dossier was used. If you go back and you look at the texts between Peter Strzok and his paramour, Lisa Page, and some of the communications going on between people at the FBI, like Bruce Ohr and his wife who was working at Fusion GPS. I mean, the tentacles of this thing are deep, and they are tangled.
But it is clear that they were collecting information on Trump that’s maybe more wide-ranging than just the dossier. Now, these people, what did they believe, what got them started on this? What made them create the dossier, why did they feel it was necessary to use the dossier? They had to get rid of Trump. They just had to. This guy’s so unqualified, so unfit. On the basis of what did they do all this?
They did it on the basis that this guy simply doesn’t have what it takes to be president. He doesn’t have the morality. He doesn’t have the education. He doesn’t have the intelligence. He doesn’t have the deportment. He doesn’t have the mannerisms. He doesn’t have any of the human characteristics that qualify for what we want in a president.
In other words, the guy is human debris. In their world, Donald Trump is scum. Donald Trump is the bottom of the barrel. And what if they were collecting data on that aspect of their belief, in addition to the Trump dossier? In other words, what if there’s all kinds of stuff in this warrant application that attack Trump’s character and attack his honesty and his credibility and his finances? Who knows. These people probably threw the kitchen sink in this warrant application.
And I’m thinking that this may be one reason Trump doesn’t want it seen, because of all the other stuff that is perhaps in the application. Everybody knows, or a lot of people by now know that the Trump dossier is bogus. In fact, the Mueller investigation is not even relying on that.
The Mueller investigation has, I’m convinced, dropped collusion. They’re not even looking. They’re looking at obstruction. They’re looking Trump obstructing justice, anti-Constitution. They’re looking at Trump finances. They’re looking at any number of things that would disqualify Trump on a human qualification level. I think this collusion or conspiracy between Trump and Russia has bombed out. There’s nothing to it. But these members of Congress have now seen it, and they are talking about it. And they are now lobbying for a public release of this memo on abuses of the FISA system.
Steve King is one who has tweeted, “I have read the memo” — he’s a Republican from Iowa — “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. It was.”
Another tweet. And this is from Ron DeSantis, a Republican from Florida. “The classified report compiled by House Intelligence is deeply troubling and raises serious questions about the upper echelon of the Obama DOJ and Comey FBI as it relates to the so-called collusion investigation.”
Lee Zeldin: “Just read the classified doc @HPSCI re FISA abuse. I’m calling for its immediate public release w/relevant sourced material. The public must have access ASAP! Releasing this classified info doesn’t compromise good sources & methods. It reveals the feds’ reliance on bad sources & methods.”
I’ll tell you what it reveals — and this is a question that they’re all gonna have to deal with — what it reveals, and I’m guessing, it’s an educated guess. What it reveals is the culpability of Barack Obama himself in all of this. What it reveals is the involvement of Barack Obama in all of this. And the question is gonna be, these people are gonna ask themselves, do we want to totally destroy the faith the American people have in our institutions by informing them what happened with Obama’s involvement or people very close to him.
And I’m just here to tell you there are gonna be a lot of people at various levels of government who are going to think that for the good of the country and the good of our future, it might be better never to release this stuff so that people don’t lose faith in our institutions.
Now, the purpose will be to protect Obama. And I still think this is only tip of the iceberg. The Steele dossier, the Trump dossier and all these other things, the efforts here that have been made to get rid of Trump, I think, is still only tip of the iceberg. I think we have lived through one of the biggest scandals that we can’t even get our arms around yesterday. Time will tell whether we learn the true extent of it.
RUSH: Some of you think I’m crazy that there would be those who want to protect Obama’s reputation and the presidency by not revealing his culpability. Let me ask you a question, a very quick question. If the United States government learned without doubt that the sun was going to burn out in five years, would they announce it?