Fish or cut bait is a term I have heard most all my life and in its simplest definition means, “stop vacillating and act on something or disengage from it.” There are other sayings that are a bit cruder that I wish I didn’t remember but do, that also apply. I, a conservative, constitutionalist, and Christian tired of the endless kicking the can down the road and talk, talk, talk, but no action by the GOP. Senators and members of Congress take a big swig of courage and DO YOUR JOB! Stand up for the Republic, the Constitution, and the American people.
The IG Report was not what most on either side wanted and both sides have claimed it confirms their stances. It is woefully deficient in many areas but there are a few areas in which it is clear as crystal. One of those is regarding the blatant lies of Adam Schiff the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. In fact, the revelations are enough that Congress should, at a minimum, censor him, but that won’t happen. I believe it goes beyond censorship or a slap on the wrist his actions should be investigated criminally. Is that happening and will that happen? Time will tell, but I am not holding my breath.
When Adam Schiff was in the minority in 2018, he issued his “Correcting the Record” report by the minority to contradict every point that then-Chairman Nunes issued. My reading of the IG Report looks as though it vindicated Nunes and damned Schiff, but the Left sees it differently. I ask that you walk through a few of the Shifty Schiff’s assertions and then what the IG Report revealed and make up your own mind.
Schiff declared, “The FBI and DOJ official DID NOT abuse the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign.” There are numerous fabrications and distortions in that sentence, however, they are in direct conflict with the IG Report.
Congressman Schiff assured Americans that “the DOJ met the rigor, transparency, and evidentiary basis needed to meet FISA’s probable cause requirement.” Then he claimed, that the “DOJ’s October 21, 2016 FISA application and three subsequent renewals carefully outlined for the Court a multi-pronged rationale for surveilling Page.” Wow! He claimed that the “DOJ’s warrant request was based on compelling evidence and probable cause to believe Page was knowingly assisting clandestine Russian intelligence activities in the U.S. and that the DOJ told the Court the truth!” He promised supporting documentation and corroboration evidence. That evidence and corroboration have yet to see the light of day.
The IG Report reveals that Schiff’s claims all coalesce to the same lie that there was nothing remiss in the FISA applications. The report reveals that the FBI and DOJ both omitted material information. The FBI and DOJ subverted this vital tool in order to spy on the Trump campaign. There was no rigor, transparency, or evidentiary basis for the FISA applications, and the applications DID NOT carefully outline the basis for surveilling Page.
This unveiling reveals that the DOJ did not tell the court the truth. So much for Mr. Schiff’s rock-solid evidence against Trump and anyone working with or for him. Mr. Schiff, you either have a mental problem or you are so morally bankrupt that your partisan hate for anyone outside your ideological association drives you to lie, distort, fabricate, and manipulate your position – ABUSE YOUR POWER!
The IG Report can be capsulized in two sentences that reveal the depth of the distortion and fabrication of Schiff and the Democrats. It says: “We identified multiple instances in which factual assertions relied upon in the first FISA application were inaccurate, incomplete, or unsupported by appropriate documentation.” “We identified at least 17 significant errors or omissions in the Carter Page FISA applications.” Congressman Schiff has insisted that “FISA was not used to spy on Trump or his campaign.” He evidently was banking on the continued ignorance or lack of information available to and being digested by the public.
Virtually everything Schiff contended regarding Steele was also blatantly false. He contended that the DOJ “made narrow use of information from Steele’s resources about Page’s specific activities in 2016, chiefly his suspected July 2016 meeting in Moscow with Russian officials.” Liar, liar, pants on fire! The IG Report made it clear as day that the Steele dossier made the FISA case for the FBI and DOJ. Prior to receiving the Steele dossier, the FBI had consulted numerous offices to determine the propriety of a FISA warrant. Each of those sources “determined that more information was needed to support probable cause that Page was an agent of a foreign power.” But that is not what Schiff said.
It was only after Crossfire Hurricane received the Steele dossier that the FBI reinitiated its pursuit of a FISA warrant to spy on Trump and Page. The IG Report states that the election reporting of Steele “played a central and essential role in the FBI’s and Department’s decision to see the FISA order.” Congressman are you a pathological liar or believe that you are above the law and there are no constraints on you to operate in truth, integrity, and ethically? I won’t hold my breath while I await your response, which will never come.
Adam Schiff, the FBI, and the Obama DOJ all hid the clear bias of Steele and his unreliability. We know from documented sources that Steele was “desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being the U.S. President.” So much for Steele’s credibility and the same can be said for Schiff, Comey, and the rest of the Swamp denizens involved in this boiling pot of corruption.
Schiff, the FBI, the DOJ, and the Democrats have advanced falsehoods by omission as well as declaration. The first seven “significant inaccuracies and omissions” listed in the IG’s Report obliterate Schiff’s claims that Page was clearly a compromised compatriot of Russian intelligence agents. The congressman has continued to place all his hopes on the debunked dossier, and we know that the FISA court was never informed that Page had denied having met “Sechin and Divyekin.” So much for transparency, right?
This can be called nothing but a well-orchestrated and approved coup against our system of government and an attempt to overturn a legitimate election. If that is the future for America, we have become another of the many unsettled systems of government that create incredible uncertainty and unrest in our world. We have become a banana republic where a partisan oligarchy is driving the political bus. Therefore, I reassert, “Republicans it is time to fish or cut bait.” If you are not going to stand your ground and our ground and fight for the Republic, please resign and go home.
God bless you and God bless America!