Currently Washington DC is awash in a series of dueling memos. The first was the Republican version from the House Intelligence Oversight Committee. When it was released, it was completely unredacted and purported to show that the FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign and transition team was based largely on the infamous Trump dossier. When word of this memo first surfaced, the Democrats and the compliant Press objected to its release because it would potentially impact the nation’s intelligence agencies. After the memo went public the same donkeys and mainstream media declared it was a “nothing burger”.
It is interesting to note that no Democrat on the committee voted for the Republican memo to see the light of day.
Conversely, when the ranking Democrat on the committee, the shifty Adam Schiff sought to release a Demo version, the Republicans voted in favor.
The most riveting memo currently in release is the Grassley-Graham one, which is to be followed by an attempt by the two Senators to get the actual transcripts of the FISA applications.
Although the FISA court is supposed to be a secret one, it is probably time for the FISA judges to sally forth and clear up the confusion.
Another item that surfaced last week was the riveting testimony by a former FBI undercover operative who gave book, chapter and verse to the scandalous Uranium One deal. According to him, the main recipient of money connected to selling twenty percent of our uranium to Russia was the Clinton Foundation. This prompted release of the fact that there is currently a separate investigation of the entire Clinton Foundation operations. There is also another IG investigation regarding Hillary Clinton’s email scandals.
To make matters worse for the Democrats, the mainstream media TV outlets are dredging up gaffe-prone Joe Biden for commentary on President Trump. Biden has stated that Trump is a “joke”. In doing so he has probably put his former side-kick, Barack Obama in an even worse category, because joker Trump has accomplished more in re-igniting the US economy and rekindling the American spirit in one year than Obama was able to do in eight years.
Since both Congressmen and Senators are elected to go to Washington to presumably act in the best interests of their constituency, it might be time for them to abandon the investigative process and turn it over to special prosecutors.
The Lyon County Republican Central Committee Lincoln Day Dinner, which was held on February 3 at the Pioneer Crossing Casino in Yerington was a well-attended affair. The crowd consisted of many Republican office holders and a slew of Republican candidates for election this year in a variety of positions.
Chief among the aspirants was AG Adam Laxalt, who is running for Governor.
Guest speaker for the evening was Congressman Mark Amodei. Amodei, who is noted for his jocular style, was in rare form as he tried to put a little humorous spin on the dysfunction that exists in Washington today. He opened his remarks by saying he was happy to be in “Pizen Switch”, which is a popular sobriquet for the City of Yerington. During his talk he touched on many of the controversies currently in the news. He said that, contrary to the Democrat claims, the Republicans have a vast majority in all three branches of Government; that the margin in the Senate was actually razor-thin. He noted that the greatly improving economy that Trump has been able to generate gave him a sense that the Republicans would do well in the 2018 mid-term elections.
Although Senator Dean Heller was in attendance, he did not join Amodei in their usual back-and-forth jibes at one another. Amodei concluded his remarks by noting that “he had been called to the principal’s office” on the occasion when he followed a speaker from Montana who constantly pronounced the name of the Silver State as Ne-vuh-dah. When Amodei rebutted, he said, “I want to thank the gentleman from Mon-ton-a.” Following that, he got a call to report to Speaker Ryan’s office, who upbraided him.
The evening opened with welcoming remarks by MC Scott Keller, Invocation, Presentation of Colors, Pledge of Allegiance and Introduction of Guests. A buffet dinner followed prior to Amodei’s talk. Final item was a spirited auction conducted by State Senator James Settelmeyer.
The large and convivial crowd was a cross section of Yerington citizens who represent a microcosm of three of the most important industries in America, those being farming, ranching and mining. TV hosts who are always looking for a small town slice of Americana should put Yerington high on their list.