Right Wing Outlets Were Given Nunes Memo First

The Hill reports:

NBC’s Chuck Todd said Friday that Fox News obtaining advance excerpts of a controversial memo written by House Intelligence Committee Republicans “smacks of a partisan exercise.

“The House Republican Intelligence folks are actually making their partisan case look even worse right now, because they are releasing excerpts of the memo already to friendly media outlets, almost trying to build a narrative and control the headlines, the early headlines, and help feed a feeding frenzy,” the ‘Meet the Press’ moderator said in an MSNBC appearance.

Both Fox and the Washington Examiner, a conservative newspaper in Washington, reported summaries of the memo shortly after President Trump approved its release but before it was made public.

  • Lazycrockett

    Or course, that’s Drumpf audience.

  • DreadPikathulhu

    How much longer are we going to be stuck in this hell?

  • kareemachan

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  • Dayglo

    Pravda got a first read. Hell, they helped write it.

    • coram nobis

      “The Protocols of the Learnéd Elders of DNC.” The Russians always were good at elaborate libels. Disinformatisya in reasonably good English translation.

  • Treant

    But of course. That way, the lie can spread before the truth even gets its pants on.

  • Pollos Hermanos
  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)
    • coram nobis

      He’s probably rolling on the floor, laughing his head off.

      • Gustav2

        Laughing so hard he is starring in his own ‘pee tape.’

  • Rex

    Here’s an idea MSM: stop handling Trump with kid gloves. He calls you fake news, calls you haters, favors Fox, so give him fucking hell and report his lies and hold him accountable!

    • The_Wretched

      And he insulted them before throwing them out of his hotel where he was having an in theory non-secret political meeting.

  • Fuck this dood.
    And not the good fuck.
    Ya’ll all know what I’m wishing for.

    • WNY

      Use lube made up of at least 50% coarse sand?

      • Christopher

        And the other 50% should be salted glass.

  • Boreal

    OT:
    I’ve been having a terrible time remembering passwords and there are so many in this day and age for every type of account. Thinking it is stress.

    • stevenj

      I keep a typed out paper copy of the dozens and dozens of usernames and passwords and then update it manually (pen). Also let my Mac remember passwords for less sensitive sites. Bank passwords I keep to myself.

      • Boreal

        I did the paper copy today. I had a great manager app on my phone but the developer stopped updating it so it no longer works. I need to find another for when i travel.

        • Butch

          I actually keep a small notebook of passwords; I try to follow the rule of varying them and I couldn’t begin to keep track.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          It’s gotten so bad that I have dedicated an old unused day-planner from 2016 to the paper-trail task.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      What OS do you usually use: Windows, OSx, iOS, Android, ChromeOS or another Linux derivative??

      • Boreal

        WIndows PC, IOS phone.

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          I primarily use those platforms too.

          I’d suggest that, 1Password is what you want. It was designed for the Apple OS’ but they also have a Windows application that works on my Windows 7 machine. It integrates also with Google Chrome browser, Firefox,and if you’re insane, Explorer or Edge from Microsoft.

          But, for best practice don’t use their server to back up the data. Use a home server, Dropbox with Two-Factor Authentication, or something similar. I never place all my eggs in one basket and prefer everything be kept “in-home” whenever possible. The costs for 1Password software are minimal, and I’ve had few issues that I couldn’t reconcile myself. it includes a password generator as well and has really good encryption.

  • AtticusP

    I think that Devin Nunes did a fine job of translating it from the original Russian .

  • JCF

    MSNBC just played clip of Carter Page (on “All In”) from ***last October***, where Page says “Paul Ryan will release” information to exonerate him. In short, Ryan was obviously communicating to Page this entire kabuki dance. Complicit! Lock him up!

    • KevInPDX

      OK I am dyslexic, never sleep enough, always over caffeinated and also my mind must be on other things. I read the “kabuki dance” reference as bukake dance.

      • JCF

        “Bukake” is one of those words I’m pleased to say that, while I’ve certainly seen it multiple times (mainly at this site ;-/), I don’t know its precise meaning. And don’t intend to find out!

  • Max_1

    Nunes = CO-CONSPIRATOR

  • JCF

    And now Sessions is making threatening noises. I tell you people, if Rosenstein is fired, INTO THE STREETS! Shut it down!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c56a5529d590dbe723249865469d6ed357e19cb35117eec8a64eccadeb7521a8.jpg

    • SkokieGuy

      MoveOn.org has been taking ads out on radio to prepare for a nationwide “rapid response” protest if Mueller is fired. Excerpt:

      This would be a constitutional crisis for our country. It would demand an immediate and unequivocal response to show that we will not tolerate abuse of power from Donald Trump. Our response in the minutes and hours following a power grab will dictate what happens next, and whether Congress—the only body with the constitutional power and obligation to rein Trump in from his rampage—will do anything to stand up to him.

      That’s why we’re preparing to hold emergency “Nobody is Above the Law” rallies around the country in the event they are needed.

      https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/search/

      • JCF

        MoveOn rallies will be great…as far as they go. If there’s a Constitutional crisis, I think Resistance will have to go harder, and longer.

        Want to make a deep dive into the theory AND practice of nonviolent resistance? This looks like a goldmine:

        http://chicagoactivism.org/toolkits/

        • SkokieGuy

          Is this the Alinsky Playbook? /s

          Seriously, its an impressive resource, thanks for posting.

        • David Walker

          We’ve written emails. We’ve called our honorable congress critters’ offices and talked to staff. We’ve marched. We’ve challenged banana republicans at town halls (until they got smart and stopped holding them). We’ve rallied. We’ve demonstrated. Nothing. Time for a little anarchy? No, but I say that with not-100%-conviction. What’s the saying? “Good girls don’t make history”? Something like that. I am convinced that for every Martin Luther King, a Malcolm X is necessary, just to show we mean business.

          • The_Wretched

            The airport protests in Jan / Feb of 2017 had an impact.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            Because they disrupted the corporate machine. Thats how to protest. Make the plutotards pay

          • The_Wretched

            100% agree.

          • JCF

            By the end of Malcolm’s life, I believe he had come around to MLK’s way of thinking, re nonviolent direct action (perhaps he reserved the right to self-defense, but recall that “BAMN” Malcolm did not actually advocate any specific actions—indeed, he had contempt for MLK’s nonviolent action campaigns). THAT is what changed, after Malcolm (Malik El Shabazz) broke w/ Elijah Muhammad and the NOI.

          • j.martindale

            Peaceful demonstrations are toothless. Work stoppages are not. They remain this side of violence.

          • SkokieGuy

            The Trump cultists are just itching to use 2nd amendment remedies. We shouldn’t give then any excuse. And it will justify their claims of the ‘violent left’.

      • JCF

        As Adam Schiff has said, it’s perhaps WORSE if Rosenstein is fired. Rosenstein (the Asst AG) is in charge of the parameters of the Drumpf/Russia/Obstruction investigation. It’s the Asst AG (as long as AG Sessions is recused) who can tell Mueller what he can/can’t investigate. I think Code Red MUST be triggered, if Rosenstein is fired!

        • David Walker

          Nunes publicly recused himself, too. We see how well he stuck to that. I’m not trying to be disagreeable, JCF. Honest. But I think the time to expect anything acceptable to come out of DC is gone.

          • wds

            And we all know how little Nunes actually recused himself – I’m sure Beauregard had his hands in it as well …

    • JCF

      If you’ve never done nonviolent action, risking/seeking arrest, you need to prepare. There’s a lot of material on the Web about how to do so.

      Here’s a brief PDF which summarizes a lot of PRACTICAL considerations. Would be good to download it (or something like it) now! http://risingtideseattle.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Pre-CD-and-Legal-Flow-Chart.pdf

    • AtticusP

      trumpisnotabovethelaw.org

    • teedofftaxpayer

      And attack Trump’s businesses first.

  • Cuberly Deux

    Of course, gotta give advance notice to the base and the right-wing troll farms so they get a head start.

  • Frostbite

    And this is shocking to anyone?

  • JWC

    I sort had the feeling the way this was promoted “oh we have a really big news story Oh its going to ruin the DOJ and FBI Oh its going to clear our magnificent president” But we aren’t going to tell you yet cuz its a secret. It was to be released every day this week ..a Tease Then when it was Once again Nunes looks like the absolute Sap that he is He should be charged with treason

    • The_Wretched

      They should stop believing their lies.

      • JWC

        The sad thing is when do you know that a liar is lying You don’t , so do you default to “always”?

  • another_steve

    May leeches attack Nunes’ brain.

    • They’ll starve.

      • another_steve

        Fransn zol esn zayn layb.

        “Venereal disease should consume his body.”

        (a very ancient Yiddish curse)

  • Lazycrockett
    • JWC

      two more for treasonous charges

  • greenmanTN

    It’s only fair. They read a lot slower and have to sound out the words.

  • While the eventual result of this lame-ass treason-enabling memo from GOP partisan hack Devin Nunes will be to feed the wingnut media fever swamp, that was not what Nunes and the Trump WH were hoping to have happen.

    Time and time again, they keep hoping they can release some statement or information which will kill the Trump-Russia investigation. Something which will make the skeptics and undecideds all go, “Oh, we see now, yes, Donald is innocent of any wrongdoing and never should’ve been investigated in the first place.” Ideally, it would even change the minds of those who believe Donald did commit treason and numerous other crimes of corruption, conspiracy, and money laundering.

    They want the investigations to be shut down and for everyone to believe they never should’ve been launched in the first place. That there never was “probable cause” (the lowest legal standard required) to investigate or to issue warrants.

    They will never get that result because it will never be true.

    • The_Wretched

      They are delusional then. There is no path to showing the Trumprussia investigation as ill founded.

  • HZ81

    Of course. They needed time too concoct a bullshit line of defense they could share first. It’s how the right do.

  • Whore_Ta_Culture

    Recusal Nunes put dolt45 above the interests of the republic, by definition a Traitor

  • dbishop75

    even Alex Jones? HA HA HA HA

  • Butch

    If you’re upsetting Chuck Todd u r doing it rong.

    • Gustav2

      He was upset he couldn’t find one of the bothsides!

  • Lazycrockett
    • Interest rates are heading up and money is moving into the bond markets because investors are nervous.

      Weirdly enough, the GOP tax cut is being seen as sparking inflation.

      • The_Wretched

        I heard a summary that said inflation will go up because workers pay rates are increasing. I almost threw something.

        • Karl Dubhe

          That’s always been the excuse…

          • The_Wretched

            It’s not a good argument and it is an excuse to keep looting wages to the top tier. It’s one of those unexamined biases that’s responsible for 2x GDP growth since 1980 leading to wages that are stagnant or falling in time adjusted dollars (when that means we could all be making a lot more than we are).

      • Ninja0980

        The government running out of money likely won’t help matters either.

    • greenmanTN

      There are Bear markets and Bull markets. Much less frequent is the Drunken Chimpanzee With a Gun market.

      • johncAtl

        Is that synonymous with the Alex Jones market?

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          More like unanimous.

        • greenmanTN

          No, that’s a Webbed Fingers And Toes market. 😁

      • safari

        They learned it from Congress

    • leastyebejudged

      The financial criminals run everything into the ground.

      The system is working as it was designed.

  • Rillion

    Just read the memo and my first reaction was, it that all they got? Second was, why did they put so much effort in trying to release this nothing burger? Third was why did people spend so much effort trying to stop its release? This memo is forgotten by middle of next week if not sooner.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Nunesburger

      • Rillion

        Perfect new slang term for overhyped shitty food!

    • The reason to stop it is because it reveals the existence and details of a still ongoing investigation, and because experts in intelligence (i.e., the Kremlin) may be able to determine the identities and methods of US intelligence assets.

      • Tomcat

        Trump already gave Putin all that info in his 6 get together’s they have had.

    • Tomcat

      Not if Fox and GOP has their way it won’t.

      • Rillion

        Stock market is doing its best to give most other news outlets something else to talk about.

        • Tomcat

          The market is a real time image of what investors think about the tax cuts and the trump administration.

    • The_Wretched

      As poorly executed as it was, they want it as a fig-leaf to fire Rosenstein and Mueller.

    • 1) Setting up to fire Rosenstein and, ultimately, Mueller.

      2) Distraction from whatever the Republicans are up to behind closed doors. (Budget?)

  • JCF

    Dow down 500+ points. Market watchers: is today’s “news” re the Nunes/Drumpf Agit-Prop Memo thought to have any effect on it?

    • johncAtl

      Trump isn’t helping, but Apple and Google seem to be disappointing Wall Street today.

      • Taylor Bixler

        But, but Apple is bringing back hundreds of billions of overseas dollars back to the U.S., is gonna pay about $38 billion in taxes on the money and is gonna invest tens of billions on domestic jobs.
        All because of Dear Leader’s tax cut.
        How can wall street be disappointed?

    • Gustav2

      It is only at most 2%, some profit taking ahead of really bad news.

      • coram nobis

        So the real bad news will be next week or later. Worth remembering a lot of Wall Street realized by late 2007 that a crash was coming.

        • Gustav2

          It is time for a correction, the tax cuts were already figured in the rise.

  • safari
    • Tread

      I just wish he would have gotten there. People say violence is never necessary, but for some it’s the only answer.

      • Todd20036

        Except I’d hate to see the father get shot over that.

        He might even go to jail over it.

    • leastyebejudged

      It’s so weird to me that this was kept quiet for so long with so many accusers.

      It just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. How is it possible so many people looked the other way, how is it possible this went on for so long ?

      I get being angry with Nassar, but what about the literal army of people that protected him for decades, they all get a pass ?

  • JWC

    the joyful thing this time next week Nunes will be forgotten

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      We really did need a correction. It was looking like the classic melt-up earlier. Wish I had the foresight to be a short seller.

      • coram nobis

        Might be a time to do some bargain hunting. Assuming, of course, this doesn’t continue next week and next month. Worth remembering that the 1929 market didn’t bottom out until 1931.

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          Never catch a falling knife.
          This little dino will need to see reasonable price to earnings first!

      • Tomcat

        There is still time to stem the blood flow.

    • coram nobis

      Dow off 534 as of 2:26 ET.

      • The_Wretched

        You know that reading off the numbers makes the skittish even more nervous?

        Rational finance decisions aren’t made when people are freaking out.

        • coram nobis

          It’s like on “Star Trek” where the ship’s computer keeps telling Kirk how many minutes and seconds to impact.

    • Boreal

      tRump recession coming.

      • It was already likely given the chaos of the Trump/GOP policies last year, but their tax cuts for the rich bill basically guaranteed it would happen and it would begin this year.

        • Boreal

          I’m guessing by August at the latest.

      • can you explain why?
        I keep on hearing it, but i don’t understand economics well enough..

        • Boreal

          The tax cut just pulled 18-20 billion $$ a month out of the treasury, that money was going back into the economy. The Federal Govt is the largest driver of economic activity in the country.
          Trump’s fuckery with CHIP and ACA are pulling money out of the healthcare sector which comprises 20% of economic activity.
          He just slapped a tariff on solar panels which will kill tens of thousands of jobs in the fastest growing sector of the energy business.
          We’ve pulled out of the TPP and he is fucking with NAFTA. Mexico is now buying most of their agricultural imports from South America.
          Once they gut the safety net, all that money that went right back into the economy will also be gone.

          • Thanks very much.
            So lemme guess…
            This is all Obama’s fault.

        • Recession = 2 or more successive quarters of declining GDP.

          Stock bubbles are kind of irrelevant as causes, but often are indicators as to economic weakness when the finally pop. As seems to be happening now. There can be many causes for recessions to occur, these economic contractions, but lately the Republicans have gotten good at causing them by:

          – Passing massive tax cuts which prompt capital consolidation (stock buy-backs, dividends, acquisitions)
          – Pass tax cuts which actually reward laying off workers (which this one does)
          – Vastly increase the deficit, which puts upward pressure on interest rates because that’s what it takes for investors to want to buy more T-bills rather than risk money on the stock market

          Add to this what Trump’s been doing:
          – Killing trade agreements left and right
          – Adding to worldwide anxiousness about potential wars
          – Making it so that international companies to NOT want to start new business in the US
          – Hell, Donald’s even killed international tourism to the US
          – Disrupting the migrant worker system, which will drive up the prices of food and other goods

          All of these together are what make a Trump/GOP recession all but inevitable right now.

          • The_Wretched

            Well said.

          • I mean, even with my limited knowledge about economies, I understand that moving the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% means that there’s less money to play with. I mean, it’s gotta come from somewhere, and if not the companies, then from the citizens, at some point.
            Unless you cut your expenses.

          • The_Wretched

            Borrowing from the Chinese. I’m not making that up.

          • Actually, last time I checked, the fed’s biggest creditor was the Social Security trust fund.

          • Rillion

            Bigger issue causing today’s market swing is rising interest rates driven by fears of inflation due to rising wages. Read an interesting article today about how the retirement of baby boomers, who are being replaced by less senior/experienced people is causing an understatement in the actual wage growth numbers.

    • safari

      Paradoxically it is strong job numbers and higher bond yields that are being said to drive this.

  • The_Wretched

    I was hearing right-wing talking points on Carter Page as recently as yesterday. It was prep for the memo release today. I’m glad I knew enough about that idiot’s time line already to quash them but it did raise my antennae.

  • Tomcat

    Makes sense to give it to the people that will work hardest to make it seem like it is a smoking gun and not a dud, like it is.

  • Dayglo

    O/T: Do we care about Bill Maher anymore? He barely gets a mention here. Is ‘Real Time’ still relevant?

    • safari

      I watch his youtube posts from time to time.

    • Lazycrockett

      I still watch it but its more background noise than anything. Its just not that good anymore. The discussion panel seems to get less and less time each week.

      • Dayglo

        Why is he having Anthony Scaramucci back on tonight? What a time waster.

        • The_Wretched

          I want him back as press secretary. He was light years more entertaining than SHS and her ensemble of household utility fabrics.

        • coram nobis

          Maybe it’s a “Night of the Living Dead” re-run.

          • Dayglo

            Seriously. How hard is it to get these has-been media whores?

          • coram nobis

            That’s the point. They’re available. Stephen Miller is too busy forging orc-swords.

    • Cuberly Deux

      Stopped taking Maher seriously a long time ago.

  • BJORN RAGNVALDR
    • coram nobis

      Герой социалистического труда!

      • Silver Badger

        Google Translate: Hero of Socialist Labor

        • coram nobis

          Either that, or it says my hovercraft is full of eels.

          • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

            I wasn’t going to mention it, but it is.

  • Ninja0980

    Nope, nothing weird about that at all.

  • AtticusP

    Once they figure out that this whole thing is a nothing-burger (and some of them surely won’t), I’m hoping that all of the Trumpanzees start feeling like Geraldo Rivera did after the Al Capone‘s vault debacle.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)
    • The_Wretched

      “does not”

      And why did the whole secret court business come about Trey. Do you remember the history?

    • BearEyes

      What is he up to?

      • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

        Something about rats and sinking ships

        • BearEyes

          I agree with that part.
          My spidey senses are tingling to more though. We have more onion layers to peel back.

    • OdieDenCO

      too late to curry favor gowdy!

  • bkmn
  • JWC

    If Trump needed this as validation to fire Rosenstein it won’t change a thing Firing Rosenstein is still the worst thing he could do no matter what the NUNES debacle suggests

  • AtticusP

    Has anyone checked out what’s going on over at (they will remain nameless, but it rhymes with “tight fart”)?
    I just can’t.

    These days, I already feel grateful that I have an electric oven, and I don’t need to see how hateful and stupid my fellow Americans can be.

    • Treant

      Mine’s gas. You’re welcome to come over, we can both fit our heads in there.

      • AtticusP

        I’m not quite there yet, but I’ll let you know. 😊

  • bkmn

    Amazing Chuck Todd would say this, he is so used to turning a blind eye to what the GOP does.

    • David Walker

      Jealous, maybe. He doesn’t realize that Fox &c are slow readers. Wading through 4 pages of words, without pictures, takes a lot of concentration.

      • bkmn

        But they got through in half the time it took Trump, and he had people explaining it to him

      • Tomcat

        And they have to see what National Enquirer wants done first.

    • Tomcat

      Chuck Toad is a devout republican!!!

  • Cuberly Deux

    “Trump fans go ballistic on Trey Gowdy after he says the Nunes memo doesn’t discredit the Mueller probe”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/trump-fans-go-ballistic-trey-gowdy-says-nunes-memo-doesnt-discredit-mueller-probe/

    ….and the Cult45ers react just as Fox News had been training them.

    • Tomcat

      Trey should know he was a prosecuter in South Carolina.

      • Bad Tom

        Being prosecuted by Trey Gowdy must have been either laughable, or deeply scary.

        • popebuck1

          I suspect it would depend on what color you are.

    • leastyebejudged

      This is just so Trey can find employment now that he’s leaving the cabal.

      It’ll be interesting to see what scumbags hire him.

      • wds

        It’s interesting that as he’s leaving a spot in the SC Judiciary has opened up, or is about to … LOL

  • Leo
    • Treant

      “Did you fuck Stormy Daniels while Mueller watched on hidden camera and laughed with Rosenstein about the small size of your penis and your inability to finish, while both wrote a memo about your obstruction of justice?”

      • Treant

        It sounds like even Jeffy is getting to the point where the corruption and attempted takeover sickens him.

        • Yes. I also read this as, “Mr. President, I am NOT gonna fall on my elf-sword for you.”

          • The_Wretched

            I read it as trying to calm folks before they see how bad the fall out from the nunesmemo fail is.

          • Friday

            It’s clear that Sessions still hopes to be around to be doing bigoted corruption in a hoped-for Pence regency. (This is basically how his various moves and statements make sense: he’s been wanting this position for his own Puritanism and bigotry for decades, Drumph’s just a means to an end for him and he hopes to still be standing after this is over.)

        • The_Wretched

          Way too positive. The praise now is so that he can be ‘truly sorry’ for firing him at the superbowl half time.

        • I don’t think that point exists.

    • Bad Tom

      “Material omissions of fact.”

  • Tomcat

    Any time markets climb FAST they always adjust within a year or two and keep peoples 401K’s down.

  • Taylor Bixler

    OT. The notoriously librul WSJ reviewed 7000 text messages between Strzok and Page and found no evidence of a conspiracy against Dear Leader.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/inside-the-fbi-life-of-peter-strzok-and-lisa-page-as-told-in-their-text-messages-1517589380?mod=e2twus

    • TrollopeReader

      somehow their editorial board will find a way to shame the two FBI agents …

  • new thread…

  • Tomcat

    Like there are NO FBI agents that are trump supporters, REALLY.

  • Tomcat

    The memo is nothing but clickbait for trump followers.

  • Halou

    And for all the accusations of partisan tomfoolery at the FBI?

  • leastyebejudged

    The media always sets the (fake) narrative.

  • Friday

    What, someone thinks the Republicans using Faux News and right-wing sites to push their propaganda out first before the truth is out is ‘almost trying?’ No, that’s what they *do.* And there’s another count of corruption on this as well.

  • Thorn Spike

    Well, that’s just SOP for Tass.

  • teedofftaxpayer

    They were probably given both versions as well, the altered and the unaltered.

  • Any guesses on how long it will be before Mueller’s team starts investigating Nunes?