The Commercial Appeal - - Viewpoint -

The Nov. 22 news­pa­per car­ried a sec­ond ar­ti­cle on act­ing U.S. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Matthew Whi­taker. The first ar­ti­cle, which ap­peared sev­eral days be­fore, fea­tured U.S. Rep. Steven Co­hen and 100 pro­test­ers. Both ar­ti­cles raised con­cerns that Whi­taker will thwart or end Robert Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Pres­i­dent Trump and Rus­sian in­volve­ment with the 2016 elec­tion.

While that is a po­ten­tial is­sue, a real abuse re­lates to ac­tions taken in 2016 and 2017 by high-rank­ing Jus­tice and FBI of­fi­cials to ob­tain a For­eign In­tel­li­gence Sur­veil­lance Act war­rant to con­duct sur­veil­lance on a Trump cam­paign vol­un­teer, Carter Page. The prin­ci­pal ev­i­dence pre­sented to the court was a dossier pre­pared by an oper­a­tive of a con­sult­ing Email let­ters to let­[email protected] com­mer­cialap­peal.com; mail Let­ters to the Ed­i­tor, The Com­mer­cial Ap­peal, 495 Union, Mem­phis, TN 38103; or click on the “Sub­mit Let­ter” link on the Opin­ion page at com­mer­cialap­peal.com. firm, which was funded by the DNC and the Hil­lary Clin­ton cam­paign. This fact was never dis­closed to the court on the ini­tial ap­pli­ca­tion and sub­se­quent re­newals.

Repub­li­cans on the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee get credit for ex­pos­ing this. If there is con­cern about Whi­taker, there should be real con­cern about what the Democrats will do with this is­sue when tak­ing over con­gres­sional com­mit­tees. Cov­er­age of this is needed.

James Clark, Ger­man­town

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