Criminal Referral Confirms Nunes Memo’s Explosive Claims
Of FISA Abuse
Details from government documents confirm there was inadequate verification of a partisan dossier used to justify surveillance of a Trump campaign affiliate.
February 7, 2018
A criminal referral from top Senate investigators confirms explosive charges in last week’s House Intelligence Committee memo regarding abuse of surveillance authorities at the FBI and Department of Justice. It also reveals a host of problems arising from the bureau’s cooperation with foreign investigator Christopher Steele, who was working on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The eight-page memo from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) includes underlying evidence to support the claims.
“It appears the FBI relied on admittedly uncorroborated information, funded by and obtained for Secretary Clinton’s presidential campaign, in order to conduct surveillance of an associate of the opposing presidential candidate. It did so based on Mr. Steele’s personal credibility and presumably having faith in his process of obtaining the information. But there is substantial evidence suggesting that Mr. Steele materially misled the FBI about a key aspect of his dossier efforts, one which bears on his credibility,” Sens. Graham and Grassley wrote.
The letter describes a verification effort before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) so inadequate it resembles a concerted effort to conceal information from the court. However, the senators blame Steele’s “apparent deception” for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) failures by FBI and Justice, and refer Steele for investigation of violating federal law regarding making false statements to the U.S. government. The letter also reveals Clinton associates were feeding Steele allegations that he used in his reports.
According to the senators, the FBI relied on dossier author Steele’s alleged credibility — as opposed to corroboration or verification of his salacious and improbable claims — for the initial warrant application and its three renewals. The application also mentioned a Yahoo News article, but not only didn’t mention the article was sourced to an anonymous Steele, it positively claimed it wasn’t.
Reporter Michael Isikoff recently confirmedthat Steele was obviously his source for the article, and that Clinton’s Russia dossier project head Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS was a longtime friend. The FBI stated to the court that Steele had nothing to do with the article. Shopping his unverified allegations to the media was contrary to Steele’s agreement with the FBI. Even after Steele publicly testified about his many media contacts, the FBI hid that part of his dossier operation from the court and continued to rely on his credibility for surveillance reauthorization.
The senators’ criminal referral confirms the details in the House Intelligence Committee memo, adding quotes and details from testimony by top officials at the FBI and source documents, including two FISA warrant applications provided to the committee.
When Grassley announced the criminal referral in early January, he said, “Maybe there is some innocent explanation for the inconsistencies we have seen [from Steele], but it seems unlikely.” He told NBC News, “In any event, it’s up to the Justice Department to figure that out.”
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There has been a lot in the media lately trying to destroy Rep. Nunes and make his actions appear less than acceptable or in some cases illegal. Typical of MSM, his name has been dragged through the mud and his actions vilified while those who were at fault were held up to be the “victims” and “innocents.” They owe him an apology but we are all well aware of how little MSM chooses to do the right thing or report of the truth.
His release of the Republican based letter was not in any way detrimental to classified information or to those mentioned. In fact, the release of Chris Steele’s testimony before Congressional committee which was actually requested by his legal team said more against the entire sorry mess than the FISA letter did.
Apparently though, the Democrat version of the FISA letter does contain references to classified information or to ongoing investigative information that should not be released. If any are at fault, the Democrats should be for attempting to release their documents without redaction.
What the FISA letter did was to solidify in the minds of the public that what they had been hearing and seeing over the last months was not only real but egregious.
–That government agencies were weaponized to spy not just on a political campaign but private citizens including congress members is horrifying.
–That a judge who has authority to receive, review, and approve or disprove a FISA warrant request was not given all of the facts on this FISA request or was woefully negligent in allowing the FISA request not once but three times and also ruling in favor of secrecy on Comey memos is beyond acceptable.
–That the top members of government agencies appeared before congress and blatantly perjured themselves, possibly colluded, or refused to answer after taking an oath that their statements were truthful deserves to receive a maximum penalty in a court of law. As heads of enforcement and investigation these people knew full well their answers or lack there of was by law illegal or unacceptable at the very least.
–That those who are members of these agencies were placed in untenable situations where they knew the evidence was sound but once submitted those in upper management chose to discard or to render closed is terrible. That those agents were fearful of maintaining their positions without malicious retaliation or for their very lives is inexcusable. There is no need for “whistleblowers” if management is doing their duty and faithfully following the laws. It was not the fault of the majority of hardworking agents but the air of secrecy and reprisal cultivated by management that this has happened.
In short, Comey and others involved in all of the last eight years of treasonous activities have blackened the names and the reputation of those in agencies that the public relied upon to be fair, above legal reproach, and honest in their investigations.
The last eight years have proven that the American citizens have been under assault by a group determined to take over our country for nefarious reasons including destroying our constitution and way of life in order to merge the entire world under one governmental body.
It is time these people paid that piper and we make sure this does not happen again.