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The Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, released a number of documents four days ago to the public. One of the documents released was a July 2018 letter from the DOJ to the FISA court alerting the court to some of the significant errors and omissions in the Carter Page FISA applications (letter) signed by Assistant Attorney General John Demers.
There are numerous lies in the Fisa application document. Below are eight of them:
1. The DOJ letter refers to the Nunes and Schiff memos released in February 2018 and states that with this new information the Deep State attorneys leading the DOJ at that time still believed that the Carter Page FISA applications contained sufficient support that the agent they were spying on was an agent of a foreign power [Russia]. Of course, this was a lie.
2. In addition, the DOJ claimed that Carter Page was targeted by Russia when in fact they knew that his connections with Russia were were as a result of his time as a CIA agent working for the US in spying on Russians. This information was altered and then provided to the court omitting that Page was working for the CIA:
3. The document goes on to state that a friendly foreign government, which is not identified, reported that George Papadopoulos was perhaps coordinating with Page and Russia. What is left out is that Papadopoulos and Page were being spied on at that time and Papadopoulos was being pushed information that later was to be pulled out by the Deep State to use against Papadopoulos and his contacts, likely including President Trump.
4. The government then goes on to mention activities related to Papadopoulos that no doubt were in the press at that time and claims that Papadopoulos’s discussions were “consensually recorded”. But we now know that Papadopoulos was not aware at the time that he was being taped.
5. Then the DOJ claims that none of what Papadopoulos shared would have impacted the Carter Page FISA, but this is not true as well. The information from Papadopoulos refuted the government’s position required to obtain the FISA to spy on the Trump team and if included in the FISA, may have prevented the FISA from going forward, especially if the other lies were not omitted as well.
6. The DOJ next discussed information about its “Source 1”. One item that jumps out is that the source, believed to be British MI6 Agent Christopher Steele, was handled before September 2016, which is the date when Steele reportedly first interacted with the DOJ:
7. and 8. The DOJ said they still didn’t think Steele was behind the Yahoo News leak and the DOJ claimed the Primary Sub Source (PSS) was found to be believable, but in the DOJ IG’s report from December 2019, not a single person could be found who believed this.
After numerous lies and in an attempt to keep the Mueller gang going with their bogus investigation, in spite of many illegal acts, the DOJ signed off on the document to the FISC stating the FBI reviewed and confirmed its factual accuracy!
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Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowowitz released a report today on FBI practices in making Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications to the FISA court. If the entire country were not focused (understandably) on the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, this would dominating the news.
As background, IG Horowitz found pervasive problems with the FISA applications regarding Carter Page, leading to an FBI apology, FBI Apologizes for Deceiving FISA Court in Order to Surveil Carter Page.
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New findings by the Justice Department inspector general that the FBI has repeatedly violated surveillance rules stood in stark contrast to the years of assurances from top Democrats and media commentators that bureau scrupulously handled Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants -- and prompted Republican lawmakers to caution that the FBI seemingly believes it has "carte blanche to routinely erode the liberties of Americans without proper justification."
The DOJ watchdog identified critical errors in every FBI wiretap application that it audited as part of the fallout from the bureau's heavily flawed investigation into former Trump advisor Carter Page, who was surveilled in part because of a largely discredited dossier funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). An FBI lawyer in that case even falsified a CIA email submitted to the FISA court in order to make Page's communications with Russians appear nefarious, the DOJ inspector general found; and the DOJ has concluded that the Page warrant was legally improper.
But, the DOJ's new assessment indicated that FISA problems were systemic at the bureau and extended beyond the Page probe. In four of the 29 cases the DOJ inspector general reviewed, the FBI did not have any so-called "Woods files" at all, referring to mandatory documentation demonstrating that it had independently corroborated key factual assertions in its surveillance warrant applications. In three of those applications, the FBI couldn't confirm that Woods documentation ever existed.
The other 25 applications contained an average of 20 assertions not properly supported with Woods materials; one application contained 65 unsupported claims. The review encompassed the work of eight field offices over the past five years in several cases.
“As a result of our audit work to date and as described below, we do not have confidence that the FBI has executed its Woods procedures in compliance with FBI policy,” the DOJ IG wrote in a memo today to FBI Director Christopher Wray.
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Reaction on Capitol Hill, where Wray has already promised bureau-wide reforms, was scathing.
“If the FBI is going to seek secret authority to infringe the civil liberties of an American citizen, they at least need to show their work," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement Tuesday. "FBI rules demand FISA applications be ‘scrupulously accurate’ and backed up by supporting documents to prove their accuracy. But we know that wasn’t the case when the FBI sought and received the authority to spy on Carter Page."
Grassley added: "Based on the inspector general’s audit, the flawed Page case appears to be the tip of the iceberg. Not a single application from the past five years reviewed by the inspector general was up to snuff. That’s alarming and unacceptable. The inspector general’s decision to bring these failures to the director’s attention before its audit is even completed underscores the seriousness of these findings."
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Tuesday that he has started closed-door interviews as part of his deep dive into the surveillance courts and the FBI’s Russia probe.
Graham confirmed to reporters that he has started the depositions, then escaped into a Senate elevator.
Graham is using his gavel to probe the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) surveillance warrants involving Trump campaign associate Carter Page and the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Russia's election meddling and the Trump campaign.
He’s requested testimony from more than 20 current Justice Department and FBI officials.
He also wants to call former officials including former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates before his committee.
The deep dive comes amid growing concerns about the potential for abuse of the FISC after Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found 17 “significant inaccuracies and omissions” in the Page warrant application.
Some of President Trump’s biggest allies want to use a debate over soon-to-expire provisions of the USA Freedom Act to make broader changes to the surveillance court.
Trump is convening a meeting on Tuesday afternoon with lawmakers on both sides of the debate to try to break the stalemate.
Congress has until March 15 to extend three provisions of the USA Freedom Act.
“I can tell you that a few of us, are not only appealing this to the Judge who has now taken over the FISA process but we are also looking at this when it comes to renewing the FISA process within Congress,” Meadows told this reporter. “There’s a renewal of a section of the FISA that is coming up. I’ll be talking to (former Chairman) Bob Goodlatte, who used to be the chairman of the Judiciary Committee – is now working from the outside, is retired- we’re now working very actively with the administration to make sure that no American, not just the President of the United States, not Carter Page, it’s not just a few people but to ensure that no American’s civil liberties were actually infringed upon, and that’s what happened here.”
“Not only did it happen, but it happened deliberately and until we fix it all Americans are at risk,” Meadows warned.
Meadows said it was inexplicable that Kris was selected to review the changes suggested by FBI Director Christopher Wray to the bureau’s procedures in handling FISA warrants.
“When you look at his twitter feed, when you look at the comments he’s made not only did he go after Devin Nunes but he’s gone after the President, he’s a contributor for MSNBC at times,” said Meadows.
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-CA, told SaraACarter.com on Sunday that the selection of Kris by the FISC is “a ridiculous choice. The FBI lied to the FISC, and to help make sure that doesn’t happen again, the FISC chose an FBI apologist who denied and defended those lies. The FISC is setting its own credibility on fire.”
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Last month, the Department of Justice released a report on an internal investigation by its inspector general (IG) exposing how spying occurred on a campaign aide of President Donald Trump.
The report could culminate in a series of prosecutions overseen by Attorney General William Barr, who appointed the unflappable John Durham, a veteran U.S. attorney of impeccable integrity, to further investigate the matters being examined by the inspector general.
J. Edgar Hoover would be turning in his grave upon hearing these findings.
Only a few short years ago, President Trump was attacked by the media and politicians for criticizing the FBI and the nation’s intelligence services. The implication was that the FBI’s rank-and-file were being critiqued, and therefore, their morale was sinking, impairing their ability to protect us. This was the opinion from those who have, historically, hardly been supportive of FBI agents and CIA case officers.
But the rank-and-file of the FBI always understood that they weren’t the object of the president’s ire.
Quite the opposite, they know it was the bureau’s upper management—the leadership—that was being called into question. Historically, the FBI’s field agent culture has been at odds with upper management, viewing it as an impediment to the pursuit of significant investigations. Now, the rank-and-file are for the most part appalled to learn from the inspector general’s report about the deception and abuses, the outright fraud perpetrated by the bureau’s upper ranks on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court.
These were acts and omissions emanating from and conducted within the concrete walls of JEH—The Hoover Building housing the FBI’s upper management.
FBI Deputy Dir McCabe Says Trump Admin Refusing To Turn Over Evidence…Ironic
The filing, signed by McCabe’s attorney Murad Hussain, stated that “to date plaintiff has had no opportunity to take discovery…Plaintiff has not and cannot learn of all the relevant facts and present them in an admissible form without discovery.”
McCabe was ousted by the Department of Justice for lack of candor in March, 2018. McCabe was caught repeatedly lying to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s team and leaking information to the media. Then Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that “McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.”
“The FBI expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability,” Sessions stated in his March, 2018, statement. He was fired just two days before he was set to retire and recover his pension.
Moreover, McCabe has had several criminal referrals filed against him with the Justice Department. One was issued by Horowitz and another by 11 members of Congress in April, 2018, for his role in the bureau’s probe into Trump’s then campaign and the now debunked theory that there was collusion with Russia in the 2016 election.
Horowitz’s most recent report on the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation and its findings that Page, a short term campaign volunteer for Trump, was improperly surveilled with the use of a FISA warrant is sure to have repercussions on McCabe and his lawsuit. It should.
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