For the donkeys in the high allergenic peanut gallery- the writer is a liberal and so is Rolling Stone magazine.
TownHall| I don’t agree with Matt Taibbi terribly often, but I’ve admired his ability to set aside his ideological proclivities and deep dislike for President Trump as he issues scathing indictments of the media’s hysterical hive-mind, groupthink on the Russia saga. His devastating contribution to this genre of commentary in late March made some waves, and now he’s followed up with a brutal piece in Rolling Stone on the DOJ Inspector General report. Specifically, he argues, IG Michael Horowitz uncovered numerous examples of serious omissions and misconduct in the FBI’s handling of the Russia/Trump investigation — particularly as it pertains to obtaining FISA warrants for domestic surveillance and its disproportionate reliance on the fatally flawed Steele dossier (see below). Let’s start with the FISA issue:
Horowitz describes at great length an FBI whose “serious” procedural problems and omissions of “significant information” in pursuit of surveillance authority all fell in the direction of expanding the unprecedented investigation of a presidential candidate (later, a president)…Officials on the “Crossfire Hurricane” Trump-Russia investigators went to extraordinary, almost comical lengths to seek surveillance authority of figures like Trump aide Carter Page…Likewise, the use of reports by ex-spy/campaign researcher Christopher Steele in pursuit of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) authority had far-reaching ramifications. Not only did obtaining a FISA warrant allow authorities a window into other Trump figures with whom Page communicated, they led to a slew of leaked “bombshell” news stories that advanced many public misconceptions, including that a court had ruled there was “probable cause” that a Trump figure was an “agent of a foreign power.” There are too many to list in one column, but the Horowitz report show years of breathless headlines were wrong.
As Byron York has also documented in detail, the credibility of that infamous dossier — which, despite nonstop assurances from Democrats and the media to the contrary, was “essential” and “central” to the probe, according to the IG — has been reduced to a pile of rubble: more