An open letter to Fox News and Devin Nunes: Comey didn’t call the Steele Dossier ‘salacious and unverified’

Comey was only referring to the ‘personally sensitive aspects’ of the Dossier, not the Dossier as a whole

Democrats need to watch Fox News to understand the arguments presented, and how to dispute them

Devin Nunes
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

SUMMARY

Democrats need to arm themselves with the truth about Donald Trump and Russia to defend themselves against the lies coming out of the White House and Fox News. Democrats also need to learn what Fox News, specifically Sean Hannity, is purporting to be the truth, so they can stand up for what’s right and be well-informed enough to engage in civil debate with Republicans. Republican people are not our enemy. They are our brothers and sisters. The ones lying to our brothers and sisters need to be revealed for who they are.

ARTICLE

Let’s use our imaginations for a minute, fellow Fox Hawks, to see if we can envision a time when America gets back to the point where Republicans and Democrats still disagree, but they use debate and concessions to work in a bipartisan manner. I know, I know, that time seems a far way off, maybe in Never Never Land.

But the time when the truth will come out is fast approaching. Mr. Mueller’s investigation is ramping up, which also means it could be close to wrapping up. After the news hits, after Robert Mueller comes out with his findings about Trump colluding with Russia, how long do you think it will take Republicans to come back to the fold, admit they were duped by Russia and Trump, and get back to a national normalcy, as it were?

Weeks, months, years…

When Mr. Mueller releases credible evidence that Donald Trump actively conspired with the Russian Government to influence the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, what do you think Mr. Hannity will say on his show that night? Will he even be on the air? Will he accuse the Deep State of something?

I know it seems counter-intuitive, but Democrats need to start watching Fox News. At least Sean Hannity. Many Democrats, I suppose, have gone through similar emotions to my own during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections, up through now, year two of the Trump Presidency. Shock, anger, fear, dread…these emotions are not atypical for a time like 2018.

Many Democrats are also depressed and desensitized by the almost daily deluge breaking news. These revelations fit into one of four categories: (a) unpresidential behavior by The President, (b) breaks in the Russian Investigation, (c) The President embarrassing the United States on the world stage, or (d) palace intrigue at the White House. Then there Sarah Huckabee Sanders denying points (a) through (d).

On top of it all, the cherry on the Trump sundae, Sean Hannity has the number one cable news show and he nightly spreads lies that reach the largest group of Americans out of all cable news shows. And his viewers believe him. Right now, Trump supporters believe that Hillary Clinton really did take her hard drives out to the garage and smash them up, including cell phones, all to not get caught using a private server for confidential information.

In a future article, I want to refute all of Mr. Hannity’s claims about the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton and her private server. In my last article,  I refuted Hannity’s specific claim that James Comey and Peter Strzok wrote Mrs. Clinton’s exoneration letter a month before interviewing Hillary herself. Clue: James Comey is like a NASCAR Driver, he was drafting.

There will be a time when those who know Sean Hannity is lying will have to explain to those who believed him how and why they were led down the primrose path. I believe that as an effort to help Republicans in the future, we need to know the truth, on both sides, on both sides. Additionally, knowing Fox’s arguments and how to refute them will give Democrats the confidence to discuss all of this with their friends and colleagues in a civil manner.

One huge indicator of Sean Hannity reporting on outdated and irrelevant news is that his breaking news is hardly ever current. His definition of breaking news is further details supporting a theory he has reported on since 2013. Why keep re-litigating the past?

THE FISA APPLICATION

Let not your heart be troubled, Democrats are winning. We have the seal of approval from the U.S. Government. The FBI, led by a Republican, started the Russia inquiry before the election in 2016. The basis for their FISA warrant request to surveil Carter Page included the Dossier, but also included FBI information dating back to 2013, when Mr. Page was actively recruited by Russian spies in New York.

The FISA warrant on Mr. Page was renewed a total of four times. Each time a FISA warrant is renewed, significant evidence must be shown to justify the renewal. Do you know what that means? Republicans aren’t upset that Carter Page was colluding with the Russians, they’re upset because he got caught. If Devin Nunes can ‘un-catch’ Carter Page by discrediting the FBI’s initial application for a warrant, then, theoretically, they can discount any information that resulted from spying on Carter Page.

THE STEELE DOSSIER IS TRUE

Republican’s keystone argument hinges on their assertion that the ‘salacious and unverified’ dossier is untrue. Sean Hannity often cites a quote from James Comey where he told then President-Elect Donald Trump that the Dossier is ‘salacious and unverified.’

Actually, Sean Hannity is quoting the Devin Nunes memo quoting James Comey quoting himself in a hearing in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, 2017. Here is Mr. Comey’s quote, from his prepared testimony to the committee:

“I first met then-President-Elect Trump on Friday, January 6 in a conference room at Trump Tower in New York. I was there with other Intelligence Community (IC) leaders to brief him and his new national security team on the findings of an IC assessment concerning Russian efforts to interfere in the election. At the conclusion of that briefing, I remained alone with the President-Elect to brief him on some personally sensitive aspects of the information assembled during the assessment.”

“The IC leadership thought it important, for a variety of reasons, to alert the incoming President to the existence of this material, even though it was salacious and unverified. Among those reasons were: (1) we knew the media was about to publicly report the material and we believed the IC should not keep knowledge of the material and its imminent release from the President-Elect; and (2) to the extent there was some effort to compromise an incoming President, we could blunt any such effort with a defensive briefing.”

Find Mr. Comey’s prepared testimony here

Mr. Nunes, Mr. Hannity and President Trump all point to this quote as support for their argument that even the FBI director at the time, James Comey, thought the Dossier was false. However, reading the original quote, it becomes apparent that Mr. Comey was referring not to the Dossier as a whole, just the personally sensitive aspects. 

It looks like Comey was talking about the claim in the Dossier that Trump had a urine-themed party with Russian prostitutes during his visit to Moscow for the Ms. Universe Pageant in 2014. Oddly enough, the party happened in a hotel room that former President Barack Obama and his wife stayed in during a presidential trip to Moscow.

So there you go. Two of Sean Hannity’s principle argument against Hilary Clinton and the FBI, debunked by a simple internet search.

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Published by: The Fox Hawk

This blog is for revealing the mistruths and contradictions coming out of Fox News in this hyperpartisan political environment. The way things are working out, Fox's narrative about The Russian Investigation, Roy Moore, Isreal's Capitol, and Donald Trump's accusers of sexual harassment is forcing America to choose. The two camps are mutually exclusive. Either you believe what Fox News is reporting, or you believe the MSM, or mainstream media (CNN, MSNBC). I want to expose the lies of comission, omission and twisting of truth Fox News regularly exhibits in their news reporting. Obviously I am biased. Everything in this blog is my opinion, cited by sources, which will mainly be Fox's reporter's own words.

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