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The Daily Countable: Memos & Peacocks

by Countable | 2.2.18

Greetings, Folks. Welcome to Friday. You've earned this weekend.

One Big Thing

House Republicans released a controversial six-page memo on Friday that accuses senior FBI and Justice Department officials of bias against the Trump campaign during their Russia investigation. What does the memo say? Find out here.

On the Radar

In order to ensure the accuracy of the Census, the federal government has allowed the hiring of non-citizen legal residents to conduct the count in previous years. Despite a strong job market and resulting hiring shortfalls, the Census Bureau has been informed they will no longer be allowed to hire non-citizens to work on the 2020 count. Read our coverage here.

Under the Radar

Airlines – including Delta and United - are tightening restrictions on "emotional support animals." While United claims their updated policy has been months in the making, the move comes days after a woman tried to bring her emotional support peacock on a flight departing Newark Airport. Should emotional support animals be regulated? To answer the question, and see the peacock in question, click here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC, VA, FL

  • The president will meet with North Korean defectors at the White House after receiving his intelligence briefing.
  • He will then tour the Border Patrol Targeting Center in Sterling, VA and participate in a roundtable there before traveling to Palm Beach, FL.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Monday, February 5.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate will return Monday, February 5.

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  • Wilson
    02/02/2018
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    Hmmm....who should we trust: lying Trump or the FBI?

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  • Joanna
    02/02/2018
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    Republicans in Congress continue to make themselves complicit in Trump’s attempts to obstruct justice. It is clear that they care more about politics than the good of the country.

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  • Maryjane
    02/02/2018
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    OK! Full transparency! Trump must release his tax returns. Only then can the public be reassured that he is/was not involved in money laundering deals w/ Russians!

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  • Lexpost
    02/02/2018
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    I wish with all my heart that I could believe that ‘transparency’ was the motivating factor in the president’s decision to declassify the memo. Unfortunately for the president, the facts underlying the issuance of the FISA warrant go far beyond the cherry picked elements supporting his apparently well founded fear that his campaign appears to have not only accepted but sought out assistance from aides compromised by foreign governments as well as getting assistance directly from foreign nationals. I can understand that, up until the very end of the campaign, they didn’t expect to win and, therefore it wouldn’t matter, but the fact is, they did win and it DOES matter. Running a business is not like running a government and a government should not be run using business ethics.

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  • Kevin
    02/02/2018
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    As a registered republican, I will remain so until the next election. At that time I will vote against all incumbents after this total embarrassment and miscarriage of justice. Then I will switch my registration to Democratic Party. Republicans had better get ready for the coming title wave.

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  • Donald
    02/02/2018
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    Still trying to discredit the investigation. This president in my opinion is despicable. Collusion obstruction of justice. Main goals in my opinion.

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  • Dennis
    02/02/2018
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    Now that POTUS has clearly demonstrated his ability to lie, exaggerate, divide, and his racist sexist attitude, not to mention is alleged sexual assault of 19 women, I think the most disappointing issue is that the Republican Leadership, especially Paul Ryan are complicit in supporting his attempts to tear apart the very fabric of our democracy. John McCain has set it best. Trump and the Republican Leadership are doin Putin’s work for him.

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  • Justin
    02/02/2018
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    LAW MAKERS PASS SOMETHING THAT WILL PROTECT OUR ELECTIONS !!!!!!!!!

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  • Kathy
    02/02/2018
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    We are to believe 45 and the Republicans are worried about Carter Page under FBI surveillance since 2013 when were told over and over he absolutely WAS NOT apart of 45 National Security Team. Then I Have the George Washington bridge for sale!!! This is about 45 trying to stop Robert Mueller, by firing Rod Rosenstein.

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  • Andrew
    02/02/2018
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    The release of the Republican Party memos Were design by Donald Trump and the White House and the Republican Party to help Donald Trump obstruct justice. Since they have decided to lrelease controversial documents that had secret classification then the only fair thing to do in transparency namesake is to also release the Democratic rebuttal.

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  • Clint
    02/02/2018
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    There is nothing more important to this country at the moment than our president. What I want to know is what are you doing to protect us from literally everything he does. I could list it but it’s been done. You’re all grown men. You know what’s happening. So you either agree with it or your scared. So I say this to you all. Man up or we find someone else who will.

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  • SneakyPete
    02/02/2018
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    After reviewing the memo I find the following points interesting to consider, bearing in mind that additional facts, will be revealed in the future. Additionally we also need to wait and see, what the anticipated Democratic memo 📝 will have to say, once and when it’s released. * The memo alleges that the FISA application did not mention “Steele was ultimately working on behalf of – and paid by – the DNC and Clinton campaign, or that the FBI had separately authorized payment to Steele for the same information.” * The memo alleges that, on Oct. 21, 2016, the DOJ and FBI “sought and received a FISA probable cause order…authorizing electronic surveillance of Carter Page from the FISC.” Page was a U.S. citizen and volunteer adviser to the Trump presidential campaign. * The FBI and DOJ obtained a FISA warrant targeting Carter Page and three FISA renewals from the FISC. FISA orders on American citizens have to be renewed every 90 days with a separate finding of probably cause. * The memo also alleges that the Carter Page FISA application “cited extensively” a September 23, 2016 Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff on a trip that Page took to Moscow in July 2016. “The article does not corroborate the Steele dossier because it is derived from information leaked by Steele himself to Yahoo News,” the memo alleges. * Steele “improperly concealed from and lied to the FBI about” his media contacts, the memo alleges. The FISA application “relied on Steele’s past record of credible reporting on other unrelated matters” but “it ignored or concealed his anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations,”. * The memo states that Page and Strzok “both demonstrated a clear bias against Trump and in favor of Clinton, whom Strzok had also investigated. The Strzok/Lisa Page texts also reflect extensive discussions about the investigation, orchestrating leaks to the media, and include a meeting with Deputy Director McCable to discuss an “insurance” policy against President Trump’s election. We must work together to ensure these atrocities included in the FISA Memo never happen again.* 2*2*18.

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  • Bc
    02/02/2018
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    Start making the necessary arrests!

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  • Roland
    02/02/2018
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    Distractions for uneducated/misinformed/non-caring residents of Americans abound. The first and only thing that needs to be addressed, where are the patriots who resent being attacked by russia in any form? Democracy/America has been attacked plain and simple even for simpletons, cretins, deplorable racist sexist bigoted xeno islamophobes. Attacks from the outside should be acknowledged and destroyed and/or deterred without party playing into it. If you don’t/won’t acknowledge attack, as is said “you’re either for US or agin US.” If you SUPPORT by silence, ignoring, lack of action or deed, and/or by lying you, too are as guilty as who you support. Country over party at every turn or ............Voting is fundamental. Be responsible to the people who vote and not the politics of politics! Stand up for America as you swore to do come Hell or high water. Either way America needs you to vote for Illinois and the greater good, not the rich. Help the poor, feed the hungry, and heal the sick! God bless America!

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  • Jonathan
    02/02/2018
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    The actions against the FBI appear to be obstruction of justice. Stop this now.

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  • Daniel
    02/02/2018
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    If you have an animal with you that’s aggressive, bites, nips, poops wherever it wants, etc then it’s not a support animal; it’s a badly trained pet.

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  • Joe
    02/02/2018
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    I find it interesting that Trump Carter Page, who served as a foreign-policy adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign, was known to U.S. counterintelligence officials for years for having ties to Russia. Beside Page controversy predates the dossier by several years. In fact, Page was targeted by a Russian spy ring several years ago, drawing FBI scrutiny in the first place! Six months after the spy ring was broken up, Page joined the Trump campaign as a foreign policy adviser. A few months later, Page, newly identified by Trump as someone who had the Republican candidate’s ear on matters related to international affairs, traveled to Russia, met with prominent officials, and denounced U.S. sanctions against the Putin government. Please tell me how there is no collusion, again and where is your proof?!? This memo will do nothing but hurt the GOP in the long run! I do not put much weight into the memo, furthermore Nunes has been catch altering documents like this before before so his integrity and sources are called into question. Oh yea, doesn’t anyone remember how Nunes from the Russian probe in early August 2017.

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  • David
    02/02/2018
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    And so it continues. The racism and xenophobia of the Trump White House knows no bounds. His limits on who is to be hired for the census, and use of intimidating questions is clearly intended to skew the outcomes of the census in ways that will be harmful to the country.

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  • Lynne
    02/03/2018
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    I hope we all will look at our representative and vote accordingly. This is CRAZY!!!

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  • Gail
    02/03/2018
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    Paul Ryan , Devin Nunes & Donald Trump should be throughly chastised for this purely political STUNT they have pulled today! Their handling of Classified information shows just how reckless, desperate and unqualified they are to hold positions of power in OUR GOVERNMENT! Paul Ryan should have nix the release of Classified information but being the BROWN NOSE SLIME BUCKET he is let Devin Nunes use his staff as a go between with the WHITE HOUSE to craft the memo, which should have HAD at the VERT LEAST, BIPARTISAN SUPPORT for it to be released to the public! NUNES should be removed immediately as the Chair of the Intelligence Committee, he has shown he is willing to jeopardize the integrity of the Committee for PARTISAN POLITICS! DONALD TRUMP has again shown his flippant disregard for CLASSIFIED INFORMATION and is a CLEAR & PRESENT DANGER to OUR REPUBLIC and needs to be removed from office! This is a DISGRACE that should never be allowed to happen again!

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