Friday, the now highly anticipated intelligence memo was declassified and made public. Mary covered that in detail here. The memo, “alleges that the FBI did in fact use the disputed dossier to receive FISA warrants to spy on members of then-candidate Donald Trump’s team,” blogs Mary.
For all the hoopla, speculation, an entire week of gossipy leaks and story wars, the memo (or the version of the memo made public Friday) is mostly meh. Without supporting evidence or more information, the memo is just another facet of the ongoing FBI/Russian Collusion/Who Dunnit saga plaguing politics, and as Mary pointed out, creates more questions than it answers.
And so, the internet reacted to the memo:
The memo reminds of a million different smoking gun Benghazi scoops that fell apart once the full context became known. Or even the bombshell Peter Strzok texts that fell apart like a day after they were released.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 2, 2018
From outgoing Rep. Trey Gowdy:
As I have said repeatedly, I also remain 100 percent confident in Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The contents of this memo do not – in any way – discredit his investigation.
— Trey Gowdy (@TGowdySC) February 2, 2018
Former FBI Director Comey
That’s it? Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House intel committee, destroyed trust with Intelligence Community, damaged relationship with FISA court, and inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen. For what? DOJ & FBI must keep doing their jobs.
— James Comey (@Comey) February 2, 2018
Camp Nothing burger
And there we go. The only date that matters. Confirms that all of this happened *after* Page left the campaign. What a waste of everyone’s time this whole episode was. pic.twitter.com/UEQhzSDOtW
— Pwn All The Things (@pwnallthethings) February 2, 2018
To call the memo a nothingburger is a mistake, it actually debunks a couple of insinuations about the Trump/Russia case that Republicans have been making for months.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 2, 2018
This is devastating. Unless there is really something to those "material omissions of fact"–and it has to be really strong counterweight evidence–this vindicates the vision of a politicized bureaucracy out to sink Trump and his associates. pic.twitter.com/3f76TUZlvS
— Sohrab Ahmari (@SohrabAhmari) February 2, 2018
We now know how right @realDonaldTrump was to declassify the Memo. It shows FBI used a partisan campaign document to get a warrant to spy on a rival campaign. And shows the FBI omitted crucial information from a FISA court. No spin can change those basic facts.
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) February 2, 2018
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