I was having lunch with some folks yesterday the discussion of the Nunes memo came up. There was quite a bit of mis-understandings that I heard during that discussion. Understandably so considering the chaos from our current news cycles. Word in the rumor mills is this memo is going to allege that Deputy AG Rosenstein(appointed by Trump admin) renewed surveillance that had been ongoing for some time on Carter Page. The rumors are the memo will allege this renewal was approved based solely on the Steele dossier. But again, that's just the rumors. I guess we'll know for sure if/when it's actually released. But here's what I wanted to point out that folks at lunch didn't know: --Carter Page has been under FBI surveillance/investigation since 2014. Two years before the Steele dossier. --Page met with a Russian intelligence operative, Victor Podobnyy in 2013 when Page was an energy consultant. Victor was later charged by US for acting as unregistered agents of a foreign government that came after a Russian spy ring was busted in 2015. --A court filing by the US government contains a transcript of a recorded conversation between Victor Podobnyy and another man who was busted in the spy ring named Igor Sporyshev. In that transcript they talked about recruiting someone they identified as "Male-1". The transcript goes into a good bit of detail about the conversations Podobnyy had with Male-1. --Carter Page himself confirmed he was Male-1. Admitted he met with Podobnyy when Podobnyy was working at Moscow's UN office in New York. So the point here is to show that Carter Page had already been on the FBI's rader two years before the Steele dossier and years before he associated with Trump. Deputy AG Rosenstein's renewel of surveillance on him isn't out of the ordinary at all. Maybe Nunes' memo has nothing to do with Carter Page. Again, we will find out for sure if/when the memo is released. But there's a lot of talk that is what the memo will allege. And now there is talk the Republicans may try to spin this as some sort of civil liberty issue of federal surveillance authority. That's a something I would absolutely agree on as a citizen, but that would be some SERIOUSLY empty talk from anyone in Congress considering just a few days they LITERALLY just approved the renewal of section 702 of FISA -- the provision that authorizes this surveillance -- with no reforms or limits to it.