By Jon Dougherty
House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows said Tuesday evening during an interview that he’s certain James Comey’s FBI knew the infamous “Steele Dossier” was bogus political research bought and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign when the bureau used it to get a FISA court warrant to spy on Team Trump.
Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, was responding to the testimony of Nixon-Watergate figure John Dean, whom Democrats in the House brought before the House Judiciary Committee as some sort of an ‘expert witness’ who, predictably, claimed that what POTUS Donald Trump has ‘done’ while in office was much worse than anything Nixon did.
During his interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Meadows noted that not only did the FBI know the dossier was bogus, but they were very aware of that fact before obtaining the very first surveillance warrant from the FISA court to spy on Carter Page, then a member of the 2016 Trump campaign.
“The FISA court obviously thought [the dossier] was credible,” Meadows said — and why not, considering the FBI was making the request.
“Now, you and I both know that not only do we know that it’s not credible and not only do the American people know that the dossier and Christopher Steele was [sic] not credible, but the FBI knew that before the very first FISA warrant, and so, yet, [Democrats] are going to try to convince the American people with theatrics instead of the facts.”
Meadows noted further that Dean’s admission “he’s not a fact witness” during testimony Tuesday is the most truthful thing said during all of yesterday’s hearing.
Asked if he believes the Democrats will impeach POTUS Trump, Meadows said he doesn’t see that happening.
“If they’ve looked at the same polls we’ve looked at, the vast majority of Americans believe that everybody was waiting for the Mueller report to” answer the question about whether the Trump campaign ‘colluded’ with Russia — and, of course, the answer is no.
“When there was none, unaffiliated voters, Republican voters all believed that impeachment would be divisive, and certainly, you can even make the case that if they impeach, that it actually helps the president of the United States,” Meadows added.
He predicted that Democrats would continue to hold show hearings and attempt to depose POTUS Trump with a “death by a thousand cuts” strategy, but according to polling, that doesn’t appear to be working, either.
Carlson noted that it’s going to be difficult for House Democrats to not impeach POTUS given they’ve told their voters for more than two years he’s a Manchurian candidate and a traitor who schemed with Moscow — as he was obstructing justice.
Meadows said Democrats are more fearful of what’s coming down the pipeline from Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is looking into how the Spygate coup attempt began.
“They are on this case, and what we will find is this whole conspiracy…will start to fall apart as we look at transparency and make sure the American people can judge for themselves,” Meadows said.
Transparency is good, sure, but Trump supporters are fairly sure what Democrats and the Obama administration tried to do to the president. They want guilty parties held accountable. They want convictions.
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