GOP Lawmaker Calls For Treason Charges Against Top Officials Over Memo Which He Must Not Have Read

Republican Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.) needs to read the GOP/Nunes memo again because it’s a nothingburger. Still, he’s losing his sh-t over it and saying the details in the memo “constitutes treason.” Gosar goes on to say he will co-author a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions for “criminal prosecution against these traitors to our nation,” and specifically points to former FBI Director James Comey, former United States Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Justice Rod Rosenstein. That’s quite a list.

Rosenstein and McCabe, for the record, were both appointed by Donald Trump. Four separate FISA court judges looked at all the evidence and decided that Carter Page’s activities were suspicious and they approved the warrants, so maybe Gosar wants to lock up the judges, too. And if anyone needed to be under surveillance, it’s Carter Page. He had been under surveillance since 2013 and Trump picked him as a foreign policy adviser.

We’re fairly certain that Sessions will not prosecute the aforementioned individuals since he took time out of his day to praise Rod Rosenstein after Donald Trump attacked him.

The House Intelligence Committee memo spearheaded by Nunes alleges that the Steele dossier on Trump’s ties to Russia “formed an essential part” of the warrant obtained in October 2016 for surveillance on Carter Page. What the memo did reveal was that it was really George Papadopolous who triggered an investigation.

Page’s Russian contacts and a trip he took to Moscow during the campaign are what prompted investigators to wiretap him in October 2016 and that that was a month after Page had left the Trump campaign.

Republicans are defending Carter Page, who has business dealings in Russia and he’s very pro-Putin. Let that sink in for a moment. Following the release of the memo, Trey Gowdy sent out tweets to praise the FBI, DOJ, and special counsel Robert Mueller. Gowdy is the only Republican who has seen the intelligence that supports the investigation. He also announced last week that he’s retiring from Congress.


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