Appearing on AM Joy, the former Assistant Director for Counterintelligence at the FBI said the widely derided memo issued by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Friday looks like a desperate attempt to derail special counsel Robert Mueller out of fear of where his investigation is going.
Speaking with host Joy Reid, ex-FBI man Frank Figliuzzi said he pored over the memo prepared by Republicans and found it sadly lacking.
“What I’m smelling here is fear,” Figliuzzi began. “There is something about this investigation, something about the special counsel’s work.”
“You have to go backwards,” he continued. “Something about that Carter Page wiretap. In the header and the footer of the memo page released, that are clearly redacted and crossed out, they state ‘top secret’. This isn’t being talked about a lot, but the average FISA affidavit, the underlying document — the average one is classified at the ‘secret’ level. This memo is top secret, which means it was derived from TS information.”
‘What is TS information?” he posed. “It is the most sensitive techniques another government agency, not the FBI, utilizes. What does that tell us about the underlying affidavit on Carter Page? That there were signals intelligence inside that affidavit. That signals intelligence is most often used against a foreign intelligence service somewhere else.”
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.@FRANKFIGLIUZZI1: “What I’m smelling here is fear.. There is some significance to the fact that this #memo was originally top secret and that’s generating the fear we see in the people calling for the dismissal of #RobertMueller” #AMJoy pic.twitter.com/9miSeV8Az2
— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) February 3, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
White nationalism is ‘the greatest threat to American democracy’: Fascism expert
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," The Atlantic staff writer and fascism expert Adam Serwer laid out in grim terms the stakes of President Donald Trump's incitement of racist anger against Democratic congresswomen of color.
"From the beginning, we have been haunted by this question: Is America a white man’s republic or a nation for all of its citizens?" said Serwer. "Throughout the last 200-some odd years, the greatest threat to American democracy has always been white nationalism, the defining of American citizenship in racial terms. It almost destroyed the country on multiple occasions. Now President Trump has drawn a line. He has now made it clear that the citizenship of American citizens who are not white is conditional and can be revoked. Quite frankly, there is lots of disagreement between the two political parties. There are lots of issues on which we differ, but this is not a question on which there can actually be disagreement. The choice is now quite clear."
‘A failure in judgment by every single Republican leader’: Ex-GOP congressman scorches Trump’s racism
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) laid into his erstwhile party for its embrace of President Donald Trump's racial hatred and intolerance, as exemplified by the crowd of Trump rallygoers in Greenville, North Carolina chanting "Send Her Back!" of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
"It was heartbreaking," said Jolly, who renounced the Republican Party and became an independent last year. "In terms of what I felt, it was heartbreak, both last night and then to see the likes of Lindsey Graham [(R-SC)] today suggest that the only problem is Omar doesn’t wear a MAGA hat. If refugees would just wear MAGA hats, they could stay. The others deserve to go."
The racist Republican Party must be ‘utterly confronted and destroyed’: Chris Hayes
On Thursday evening, MSNBC's Chris Hayes tore into the Republican Party for accepting and legitimizing the racism of President Donald Trump and his supporters.
"'Send Her Back.' The darkest, ugliest impulses that a political movement can cultivate on full unapologetic display," said Hayes. "That's what Donald Trump has been cultivating all along. Whether the Republican Party likes it or not, it stands for it now. Most of us across the ideological spectrum feel, viscerally, a kind of moral revulsion when we hear and see an angry mob braying 'Send Her Back' about a fellow American. But the reaction from Republicans today was basically a foregone conclusion."