In this December 12, 2016, file photo, Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser of US President Donald Trump, speaks at a news conference at RIA Novosti news agency in Moscow, Russia. Page came to the FBI's attention as early as 2013, when he met in NY with Russians who were officers of the Kremlin's foreign intelligence service, sources have said.
Sessions, eager to return to Trump's good graces, seemed to tacitly agree with his boss' criticisms of the Justice Department.
The memo had been classified because it deals with warrants obtained from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. It couldn't possibly live up to its advance billing from Sean Hannity and Co. that it was Watergate and the Lindbergh-baby kidnapping all wrapped into one. But a fundamental tenet of law should remind us of the potential danger here. The FISA warrant on Page was granted October 21, 2016 - just before the election. The warrant requested was renewed on three additional occasions, meaning that judges approved it four times. Carter Page appears to have played a role in that effort. What was Page doing that would have required all of those extensions?
Baier then played a clip of House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) claiming that it "was disclosed to the FISA court that part of the evidence was from a politically-motivated source". What that was, is not yet clear.
They said the document - drafted by Devin Nunes, a Trump transition official, US representative and the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee chairman - has glaring holes. But immediately, there were stories disputing that assertion about McCabe.
In what was perhaps the most momentous week in the Russian Federation investigation so far, headlines were dominated by the release of a highly controversial memo by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee.
There are nevertheless signs that the White House may still be using the memo to lay the groundwork for Rosenstein's removal.
The memo was always going to labor under unrealistic expectations. Trump put his chief of staff, John Kelly, in charge of making that happen, and Kelly called Justice Department officials multiple times to upbraid them for criticizing the likely disclosure. The Trump allies' MO: gin up hysteria around unsubstantiated allegations, ignore or suppress efforts to get to the truth, and move on to the next effort to tarnish. Trump made one of his patented ambiguously threatening remarks about this possibility on Friday. "We fully expect Rosenstein to continue on". But that's where we are right now.
More: Robert Mueller terrifies President Trump. "So when somebody first reads that dossier, I would think you would come away from that and think, this is wild stuff". Whether that was intended or not, it undercuts the claim that the Russian Federation investigation is based upon the dossier.
Leading Democrats have warned of a "constitutional crisis" and told Mr Trump not to use the memo as a means of disrupting and discrediting the Russian Federation investigation. There have already been indictments and a guilty plea.
The FBI did not "purposely [deceive] a federal court", as much as Hannity would have liked this to be the case.
The location of the retreat placed Rep. Mark Meadows (R) about halfway to his district in western North Carolina, but instead of heading home when it concluded Friday morning, he drove north to the Washington bureau of MSNBC to join Rep.Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) in the studio for Chuck Todd's "Meet the Press Daily".
Stay tuned. There is a lot more in this investigation that wasn't touched by the GOP memo.