Inspector General Confirms Probe Of FBI's Criminal FISA Warrant Abuse To Spy On Trump

The DOJ's Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced Wednesday that he is expanding his internal investigation into alleged FBI abuses surrounding Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications - and will be examining their relationship with former MI6 spy Christopher Steele. The announcement follows several requests from lawmakers and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. 

“The OIG will initiate a review that will examine the Justice Department’s and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable DOJ and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) relating to a certain U.S. person,” the statement reads.

It should be noted that the OIG's current investigation and upcoming report - which led to former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's firing, is focused on the agency's handling of the Clinton email investigation. This new probe will focus on FISA abuse and surveillance of the Trump campaign. 

On March 1, House Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) wrote in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the FBI may have violated criminal statutes, as well as its own strict internal procedures by using unverified information to obtain a surveillance warrant on onetime Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. 

Nunes referred to the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DIOG), which states that the “accuracy of information contained within FISA applications is of utmost importance... Only documented and verified information may be used to support FBI applications to the court.

A "FISA memo" released in February by the House Intel Committee (which has since closed its Russia investigation), points to FBI's use of the salacious and unverified "Steele Dossier" funded by the Clinton Campaign and the DNC.

Former and current DOJ and FBI leadership have confirmed to the committee that unverified information from the Steele dossier comprised an essential part of the FISA applications related to Carter Page,” Nunes wrote in his March 1 letter.

Meanwhile, a February 28 letter from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) requested that IG Horowitz "conduct a comprehensive review of potential improper political influence, misconduct, or mismanagement" in relation to the FBI's handling of counterintelligence and criminal investigations of the Trump campaign prior to the appointment of Robert Mueller.

Steele in the crosshairs

The OIG letter also notes “As part of this examination, the OIG also will review information that was known to the DOJ and the FBI at the time the applications were filed from or about an alleged FBI confidential source.”

The source, in this case, is Christopher Steele. 

The House Intel Committe's "FISA memo" alleges that the political origins of the dossier — paid for by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) — were not disclosed to the clandestine court that signed off on the warrant request, as DOJ officials knew Steele was being paid by democrats. Moreover, officials at the DOJ and FBI signed one warrant, and three renewals against Carter Page.

Considering that much of the Steele dossier came from a collaboration with high level Kremlin officials (a collusion if you will), Horowitz will be connecting dots that allegedly go from the Clinton campaign directly to the Kremlin. 

Also of note, the FBI reportedly refused to pay Christopher Steele an agreed upon $50,000 for his efforts when he could not verify the claims in his own dossier, according to an April, 2017 report in the New York Times - however they have paid him in the past for other work. 

Although the contents of the dossier were unable to be corroborated, the FBI told the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court that Steele's reputation was solid - and used a Yahoo News article written by Michael Isikoff to support the FISA application. The Isikoff article, however, contained information provided by Steele. In other words, the FBI made it appear to the FISA court that two separate sources supported their application, when in fact they both came from Steele.

(interestingly, Isikoff also wrote a hit piece  to discredit an undercover FBI informant who testified to Congress last week about millions of dollars in bribes routed to the Clinton Foundation by Russian nuclear officials. Small world!)

So despite the FBI refusing to pay Steele $50,000 when he couldn't verify the dossier's claims, they still used it - in conjunction with a Steele sourced Yahoo! article to spy on a Trump campaign associate. And to make up for the fact that the underlying FISA claims were unverified, they "vouched" for Steele's reputation instead.

Comments

ted41776 Wed, 03/28/2018 - 20:27 Permalink

is there a rope shortage? is this not treason? do those with all the money, guns, tanks, and nukes not take an oath to protect us from all enemies foreign AND DOMESTIC? what the fuck is the problem here?

HopefulCynical gatorengineer Thu, 03/29/2018 - 08:30 Permalink

You could be correct.

Or, it could be that they've got the whole fucking HillBama Swamp Apparatus right in the crosshairs, and are making sure they've got every I dotted and T crossed perfectly, before they pull that trigger. This is comparable to a 5 mile sniper shot.

Keep in mind, there's Rothschild wealth involved. Trump's team gets ONE SHOT at this. Flub it in any way, and they'll never get another chance.

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MoreFreedom Stan522 Thu, 03/29/2018 - 10:57 Permalink

True, but most of their records are still there, along with backups of their emails and texts. 

Sessions and Trump have to tread lightly here, until the evidence they can provide in court is overwhelming.  And in the meantime, they are allowing those still around to incriminate themselves further by trying to cover up the evidence.  And more and more evidence keeps coming out.  I hope for more action close to the midterm elections, when it will count more. 

As it is now, the Dems are favored by the gamblers to retake the House. But then, they favored Hillary to win as well.

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Stormtrooper ted41776 Wed, 03/28/2018 - 21:48 Permalink

That's why the Founders gave us the 2nd Amendment.  They knew that the time would come when we would need to excercise it.

How many "assault" rifles and how much ammo do you own?

Assault rifle- A military grade weapon designed to fire multiple rounds of ammunition with each pull of the trigger, i.e. machine gun.

AR-15- Each pull of the trigger fires one bullet.  Otherwise known as "semi-automatic" similar to many hunting style rifles.

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Demologos Jayda1850 Wed, 03/28/2018 - 20:51 Permalink

It's not about defending Carter Page. He was the vehicle used to spy on everyone else. Page might have been a plant in the Trump campaign in the first place. For most of his time in the swamp, Page worked for the Democrats and had some dealings with Russians. He was briefly part of Trump's campaign advisory board (with 100 others) and never was in the same room with Trump. I'm betting that when Page's name came up Trump said "Carter who"?

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WTFUD Wed, 03/28/2018 - 20:43 Permalink

More Kabuki for mass distraction, playing out for the next/another year . . . still, nobody ends up going to jail . . . WW111 is much more likely with hundreds of thousands maimed or killed in the warm-up.

Batten down the hatches, there's klingons on the starboard side.

Yen Cross Wed, 03/28/2018 - 20:49 Permalink

  So "Captain Obvious" has confirmed what any person with an IQ of 60 or higher has known for over a year.   Yeahhh, golf claps< silent cheering<

  The guy has no"legal" power to convene a grand jury, or subpoena anyone.

  Paging Jeffy "milktoast" Sessions?