4:05 PM ET – John Solomon of The Hill broke a major story last night, in the wake of the report on General Flynn, that showed nothing, it seems the left has its owns can of worms:
Just before Thanksgiving, House Republicans amended the list of documents they’d like President Trump to declassify in the Russia investigation. With little fanfare or explanation, the lawmakers, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), added a string of emails between the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to their wish list.
Sources tell me the targeted documents may provide the most damning evidence to date of potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), evidence that has been kept from the majority of members of Congress for more than two years.
The email exchanges included then-FBI Director James Comey, key FBI investigators in the Russia probe and lawyers in the DOJ’s national security division, and they occurred in early to mid-October before the FBI successfully secured a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
The email exchanges show the FBI was aware — before it secured the now-infamous warrant — that there were intelligence community concerns about the reliability of the main evidence used to support it: the Christopher Steele dossier.
The exchanges also indicate FBI officials were aware that Steele, the former MI6 British intelligence operative then working as a confidential human source for the bureau, had contacts with news media reporters before the FISA warrant was secured.
4:30 PM ET – David Schoen, Civil Liberties Attorney and Gregg Jarrett, Fox News Legal Analyst and author of the Russia Hoax, review the heavily redacted report on General Flynn, and what this memo begins to reveal about the probe. Who’s next? Schoen’s take on this Flynn memo:
“For all the talk of how tight-lipped the Mueller team is etc., which is not accurate, I see this sentencing memo filing as more of a publicity stunt by Mueller. While the redactions appear to be an effort to maintain some secrecy about his cooperation, it is most unusual first of all to see a cooperating witness get sentenced before the “investigation” is over and secondly to see the government publicly filing a cooperator’s sentencing memo at this stage even if redacted. It’s just more angling to hype the media to tantalize where there is little substance, like the public show over the Cohen indictment – it’s a strategy to keep the focus on the Prez (individual or candidate 1, etc.) Even if there is no there-there.
5:05 PM ET – John Rich, of the band Big and Rich, is here in NYC and joins us in studio to talk about his whiskey, Redneck Riviera brand, which a portion of the proceeds are donated through his partnership with Folds of Honor, operated by Major Dan, another friend of the show.
5:30 PM ET – Former President George W. Bush, 43, gave a heartfelt eulogy of his father, friend, and mentor yesterday. As President George H.W. Bush, 41, is laid to rest today, we listen to 43’s kind words and pay our final respects.
The second funeral service for George H.W. Bush is getting underway in Texas, as the former president will be laid to rest later Thursday on the grounds of his presidential library and museum.
The service – at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston – comes a day after Bush’s enormous legacy was honored by a procession of dignitaries and family members at Wednesday’s state funeral at the Washington National Cathedral. At the beginning of the Houston funeral, “America the Beautiful” was played and the congregation sung “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies” and the Star-Spangled Banner.
After Thursday’s funeral, Bush’s casket will travel 70 miles by train on Union Pacific Locomotive 4141 to his final resting place in College Station on the Texas A&M University campus.
During Thursday’s Texas funeral, longtime Bush friend James Baker, the former secretary of state, will deliver a eulogy, as will grandson George P. Bush, the Texas land commissioner. The Oak Ridge Boys and Reba McEntire are slated to sing during the service.