Trying to find a way out but keep the alternate reality alive

On the scandal front, the more that is revealed, the more it is apparent that the perpetrators are trying to find a way out. Here is the McCarthy analysis and review of the latest NYT efforts to maintain a narrative on Russian Collusion,

As the Dossier Scandal Looms, the New York Times Struggles to Save Its Collusion Tale by Andrew C. McCarthy — “The totality of the evidence undermines the Times’ collusion narrative.”

Well, it turns out the Page angle and thus the collusion narrative itself is beset by an Obama-administration scandal: Slowly but surely, it has emerged that the Justice Department and FBI very likely targeted Page because of the Steele dossier, a Clinton-campaign opposition-research screed disguised as intelligence reporting. Increasingly, it appears that the Bureau failed to verify Steele’s allegations before the DOJ used some of them to bolster an application for a spying warrant from the FISA court (i.e., the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court).
 It is an explosive problem, this use of the dossier by the Obama Justice Department and the FBI in an application to the FISA court for authority to spy on Trump’s associates. Politically, it suggests that the collusion narrative peddled by Democrats and the media since Trump’s victory in the November election was substantially driven by partisan propaganda. Legally, it raises the distinct possibilities that (a) the FBI did not adequately verify the claims in the dossier before using them in an application to the secret federal court; and (b) the Justice Department of the then-incumbent Democratic administration did not disclose to the court that the dossier was produced by the Democratic presidential campaign for use against the rival Republican candidate.


Next up is the DOJ and FBI subpoena for documents that they said didn’t exist but were found to actually exist after months of stonewalling Congressional investigation.  The problem with constructing stories is keeping things consistent when there is no solid referent in reality. 

Former FBI director Comey tweets that maybe we’ll see turn towards more moral leadership in 2018. Glen Reynolds responds that we’ve already seen a good start on this with Comey being fired in 2017.

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