- Andrew McCarthy developed a timeline surrounding the Steele dossier on Donald Trump and the actions of the FBI and the Department of Justice, and concludes there’s a good chance the DOJ used the dossier to obtain a FISA court warrant targeting Carter Page, who was briefly an advisor to the Trump campaign:
In conclusion, while there is a dearth of evidence to date that the Trump campaign colluded in Russia’s cyberespionage attack on the 2016 election, there is abundant evidence that the Obama administration colluded with the Clinton campaign to use the Steele dossier as a vehicle for court-authorized monitoring of the Trump campaign — and to fuel a pre-election media narrative that U.S. intelligence agencies believed Trump was scheming with Russia to lift sanctions if he were elected president. Congress should continue pressing for answers, and President Trump should order the Justice Department and FBI to cooperate rather than — what’s the word? — resist.
Congressional Republicans claim they’ve uncovered documents dating back to fall 2016 that link former FBI general counsel James Baker to Mother Jones reporter David Corn. Corn was the first reporter to disclose the existence of the Steele dossier, back on October 31. Corn denies that Baker was a source. On Tuesday Baker was on Capitol Hill acting as counsel for FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and Republicans left a closed committee meeting saying they intended to investigate contacts between Baker and the media. On Thursday McCabe was back on Capitol Hill, but without Baker; on the same day the FBI said Baker had been reassigned. In the meantime McCabe plans to retire early next year. The timing of all of this is quite interesting.
China sold short range ballistic missiles to Qatar. An analyst figured this out by watching a military parade.