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December 10, 2019

The Soyciety Pages: Dunkin' on NeverTrump
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The IG report might have falsely claimed that there was no evidence of political bias in the opening of Crossfire Hurricane, but it found that all of Devin Nunes' claims about lies told to secure the FISA warrant were true, and all of Adam Schiff's counter-claims were false:

The memo from the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee reported:

* A salacious and unverified dossier formed an essential part of the application to secure a warrant against a Trump campaign affiliate named Carter Page. This application failed to reveal that the dossier was bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.

* The application cited a Yahoo News article extensively. The story did not corroborate the dossier, and the FBI wrongly claimed Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, was not a source for the story.

* Nellie Ohr, the wife of a high-ranking Justice Department official, also worked on behalf of the Clinton campaign effort. Her husband Bruce Ohr funneled her research into the Department of Justice. Although he admitted that Steele "was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president," this and the Ohrs' relationship with the Clinton campaign was concealed from the secret court that grants surveillance warrants.

* The dossier was "only minimally corroborated" and unverified, according to FBI officials.

All of these things were found to be true by the Inspector General Michael Horowitz in his December 9 report. In fact, Horowitz detailed rampant abuse that went far beyond these four items.

The Democratic minority on the committee, then led by Rep. Adam Schiff, put out a response memo with competing claims:

* FBI and DOJ officials did not omit material information from the FISA warrant.

* The DOJ "made only narrow use of information from Steele's sources about Page's specific activities in 2016."

* In subsequent FISA renewals, DOJ provided additional information that corroborated Steele's reporting.

* The Page FISA warrant allowed the FBI to collect "valuable intelligence."

* "Far from 'omitting' material facts about Steele, as the Majority claims, DOJ repeatedly informed the Court about Steele’s background, credibility, and potential bias."

* The FBI conducted a "rigorous process" to vet Steele’s allegations, and the Page FISA application explained the FBI’s reasonable basis for finding Steele credible.

* Steele's prior reporting was used in "criminal proceedings."

Each of these claims were found by Horowitz to be false.

You'll never guess which True Conservative was so impressed by Adam Schiff's memo that he dashed off a National Review column to praise it and declare that Nunes' memo had been destroyed.

Or, maybe you will guess:

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National Review has not retracted, corrected, or clarified that piece. Of course.

In fact, David French and the rest of the True Conservative gang were desperate to support Adam Schiff's schemes to push Devin Nunes out of his committee -- the same mission that NeverTrumper Liz Mair (currently being sued by Nunes for defamation and conspiracy) admitted she was paid to do by undisclosed "clients."

I know Liz Mair, at least, was honest enough to admit she's paid to carry this particular filthy water.

What has made the other NeverTrumpers such huge Adam Schiff Super-Fans?

Let's take a look at what the Meeting Of The Concerned About Their Future Employment Opportunities said about Adam Schiff's perfect, beautiful memo, and how Devin Nunes was a threat to democracy itself.

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Now David French has to execute a maneuver he's performed several times before -- pretending that he was not an intense partisan whose previous claims have been revealed as huge lies.

Now he's just a Concerned Citizen, shaking his head at all this corruption.

But David French couldn't have known about that.

I mean, Devin Nunes told him all about it, but his Very Good Friend Adam Schiff told him Nunes was a liar, so.

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Julie Kelly asks if this corrupt gang of grifters will be issuing apologies or retractions.

Of course not.

God gave his only begotten son, David French, so that Drag Queen Story Hour should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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And this lifetime liberal, who has posed as the token "conservative" for a series of leftwing outlets, just can't advertising that his mouth is for rent:

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Exit Question:

Do David French, Steve Hayes, Jonah Goldberg, Bill Kristol, and the rest of the gang finally start treating claims of Dan Jones, Glenn Simpson, Christopher Steele, Adam Schiff and John Brennan with some skepticism, given their track history of remorseless lies?

And if they don't begin to offer the most minimal level of skepticism towards the claims made by proven liars -- what conclusions can we begin to draw about this group?

Cash-and-Carry "Conservatism"

Where the highest-bidding client is always "right."

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More: Trump rally. He might maybe perhaps say something about all of this.

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