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Coincidence?


I ran across three facts related to the FISA memo today that, together, paint an interesting picture.


  1. Trey Gowdy announced he would not run for re-election the day before the memo was released. He said he planned to return to the justice system rather than remain in electoral office. The timing is very interesting indeed.

  2. Nunes did not write the memo; he cited Trey Gowdy and two staffers as those others most involved

  3. Nunes did not read the FISA applications referenced in the memo he has been most visibly responsible for. There was an agreement with the FBI to allow only one person to read the applications, and he sent Trey Gowdy.


I see three possible takes. Either, both, or neither could be true.

First, Trey Gowdy expects the memo to force out more people at DOJ and FBI, and would like to be nominated for one of their jobs. Probably not Sessions; but it would be reasonable to expect Rod Rosenstein or possibly Christopher Wray to leave the FBI as a result of the memo dropping.

Second, it's possible Trey is removing himself as a target for retaliation. If Trey is the primary author of the memo, but Nunes is taking the public relations fire for it, maybe Trey knows he is vulnerable (to blackmail or worse) and needs to stay in the background.

Third... Trey could be expecting an appointment as a special prosecutor in this case. That's where I'm going to lay my chips for now. It's too dangerous for Trump to fire people (he would risk being accused of obstruction of justice), but he or AG Sessions can appoint their own special prosecutor. Given that Trey is currently the only person who has seen the actual FISA warrant applications, he would be the obvious choice for special prosecutor here. He's partisan, sure, but no worse than Mueller and the FBI he would be investigating, and he's not conflicted.

UPDATE: Don't confuse this for a recommendation. I don't know these players enough to be making recommendations.

This entry was published Sat Feb 03 15:01:25 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-02-03 04:51:55.0. [Tweet]

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