Sunday, February 4, 2018

They Chose Not To

The Republican majority on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee could have opted to refrain from making incendiary charges against the FBI in the midst of the Russia investigation investigating Russian interference in our election, which could possibly implicate Donald Trump in collusion with Putin.  They chose not to.   
House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), who wrote the Republican majority's memo charging abuse of power by the FBI and the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and bias based on using a dossier prepared in part for the Democratic National Committee by a British intelligence expert named Christopher Steele, could have kept the document classified even when the rest of the committee's Republican members wanted to release it.  He also could have acknowledged that the surveillance court's actions emanated from that start of an investigation of Trump ally Carter Page and the Russian contacts he allegedly made after Page left the Trump campaign.  He chose not to. 
The Democratic minority wrote a rebuttal that Nunes could havedeclassified simultaneously in the interest of balance.  But Nunes chose not to.
The Democrats could leak their memo. They will likely choose not to.
The media could explain all this in layman's terms so that schmucks like I, schlubs who are completely clueless about intelligence issues, can put it in proper context.  They chose not to.  (I was watching CNN as I wrote this; I still can't figure it out.)      
Trump could have avoided a possible constitutional crisis by refusing to let the memo go through.  He chose not to.
The Republican Party is so much in disarray over all of this, but meanwhile, the Democrats can't get their act together either.  As all this was going on, Trump gave his first State of the Union address, and Democrats could have ensured that Representative Joseph Kennedy III's official Democratic response was the only Democratic response.  The Democrats chose not to; there were four other responses, including one from non-Democrat Bernie Sanders.  Representative Kennedy could have decided to eschew the party's lame "Better Deal" slogan in his remarks.  He chose not to. 
The Democratic Party could nominated someone for President who could have defeated Trump and allowed America to avoid all of this . . . 
  . . . but it chose not to.
"Can I get thirty seconds?"

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