MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Friday uncovered an intriguing subtext to the House Intelligence Committee’s controversial memo released earlier in the day — that it may reveal a GOP scheme to turn former senior Trump campaign aide Carter Page’s surveillance warrants into a plan to exonerate the president.
The memo, Maddow argues, fleshes out the timeline of Page’s warrants that were granted by the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — which would mean that when he appeared in a “nutty” interview with her coworker Chris Hayes in late October 2017, he was likely still under surveillance.
“All of Carter Paige’s interviews are a little nutty,” she conceded, “but he said this one now very intriguing thing, not really about his own case or about Donald Trump, but about House Republicans.”
“I think when the truth comes out, when Speaker Raul Ryan says the FISA warrant or the details about the dodgy dossier and what happened and all the documents surround that is gonna be released, that’s what I’m excited about,” Page said in the October 30 interview. “I think the truth will set a lot of people free.”
“Because of the way he talks and behaves in interviews, everything Carter Page says seems fuzzy,” Maddow admitted. “But what he just said there actually is what happened — and he knew about it months in advance.”
Though it “just sounded like another crazy thing that Carter Page said,” Maddow noted that his strange comment about Ryan and FISA warrants now seem oddly prescient.
“Months ago, there was a plan in the works that Carter Page knew about that involved Paul Ryan that they would try to use this warrant against Carter Page to make a public case to try to turn that warrant somehow into some sort of public information that presumably would be used to turn the Russia investigation into a scandal,” she concluded.
Incel blew his hand off — and may have been planning for suicide bomber attack on ‘hot’ cheerleaders: report
A young man in Virginia was photographed for his mugshot with extensive facial injuries.
"A 23-year-old Virginia man who appeared to be planning an incel bomb attack on "hot cheerleaders" accidentally blew off his hand with explosives, authorities say," BuzzFeed News reported Saturday. "Cole Carini was charged in federal court on Friday connection with the plot after he allegedly lied to FBI agents by saying his extensive injuries were the result of a lawnmower accident."
Big turnout for protest in Texas town known as a ‘haven’ for the Ku Klux Klan
Protesters gathered in Vidor, Texas on Saturday for a rally against racism and police violence.
The East Texas town has long had a reputation for racism.
Vidor is a small city of about 11,000 people near the Texas Gulf Coast, not too far from the Louisiana border. Despite the fact that Beaumont, a much bigger city just 10 minutes away, is quite integrated, Vidor is not. There are very few blacks there; it's mostly white. That is in large part because of a history of racism in Vidor, a past that continues to haunt the present," Keith Oppenheim reported for CNN in 2006.
BUSTED: Key Trump aide caught pushing racist vigilantism on social media
Video of a chainsaw-wielding Texas man threatening protesters while shouting the n-word went viral on Friday.
While many people were shocked by the video, one of President Donald Trump's top advisors supported the racism and vigilantism in documented in the video, according to a new report.
"President Donald Trump and his allies for years have amplified racist messages on Twitter while simultaneously reaching out to black and Hispanic voters, a dissonant balancing act that’s now rocking the GOP amid nationwide racial-justice protests," Politico reported Saturday. "The two competing forces collided Saturday on the Twitter feed of Trump campaign senior adviser Mercedes Schlapp, when she boosted a tweet that lauded a man in Texas in a viral video as he yelled the n-word and wielded a chainsaw to chase away anti-racism demonstrators."