Fast Dispatch: Artistic Resistance, The FBI and the SOTU

This week’s State of the Union (SOTU) speech and the on-going FBI Follies dominated the news, as expected. The Grammys followed the footsteps of the Oscars. Nothing else was able to make a dent:

Grammy Awards Dump on Trump

Hollywood continued their anti-Trump “resistance” with the Grammy Awards.  Hillary Clinton (was she a nominated musical artist?) starred in a skit mocking President Trump which referred to the discredited (but still revered by Hollywood) Fire And Fury book.   Some consider the focus on politics to be overshadowing the celebration of music, in addition to being out-of-touch with everyone except Hollywood.

This may be impacting the ratings; the 2018 Grammys had the lowest ratings in nine years, since 2009!  Despite Democrat “resistance”, President Trump’s SOTU (below) had more than twice as many viewers!

FBI Memo – Oh No, Not Again

(Click here for our past recap, and here for the last update.)

That memo from House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes reportedly describing the many ways the FBI has been botching things?  It will be released today (Friday.)  It couldn’t be released earlier due to the process, which requires the President have five days to review it.

President Trump isn’t really, despite media reports, “ordering release” of it.  He can’t.  This is more of a pocket-signing situation; if he fails to object, it is released.   Trump has said he would approve releasing the memo.  The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff,  is objecting over edits that Chairman Nunes made without his prior review/approval… even though he’d asked for the FBI to have a say and Nunes claims the changes were minor and grammatical except for a few made at the request of the FBI.

That the FBI doesn’t want the memo released saying they were “…provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it. As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”  The media, who is usually for releasing secrets, doesn’t want these secrets released.  Of course, Nunes considers this all B.S., as the FBI has been withholding data and ignoring subpoenas all along.

The memo is the Republicans’ attempt to get around the FBI’s continued stonewalling and selective-leaking against President Trump, due to that stonewalling.  Reportedly the memo alleges senior FBI officials abused their authority by using a secret surveillance program (FISA) to target the Trump campaign in 2016. The impropriety stemming from the belief that the evidence provided to gain the warrant was built primarily on the Steele dossier (which was partially funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC).

State of the Union

This was going to be big news regardless.  It was Trump’s first State of the Union.  And, as expected, it generated some controversy.

 

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