Friends, as you're about to find out, this memo might really ruin the Deep State moving forward. Devin Nunes’ memo has been released upon authorization by President Trump and what it says is quite significant.
I’ve read it in its entirety and, yes, Nancy, I was able to understand it.
The memo focuses specifically on the FISA warrant against Carter Page, a former Trump volunteer advisor during his campaign and a U.S. citizen.
The memo begins by detailing the very purpose of its existence. “This memorandum provides Members an update on significant facts relating to the Committee’s (the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence) ongoing investigation into the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and their use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the 2016 presidential election cycle. Our findings, which are detailed below, 1) raise concerns with the legitimacy and legality of certain DOJ and FBI interactions with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), and 2) represent a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses related to the FISA process.”
So already, we can see that we’re in for a treat in regards to this memo.
The memo then reads: “On October 21, 2016, DOJ and FBI sought and received a FISA probable cause order (not under Title VII) authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page from the FISC… The FBI and DOJ obtained one initial FISA warrant targeting Carter Page and three FISA renewals from the FISC. As required by statute… a FISA order on an American citizen must be renewed by the FISC every 90 days and each renewal requires a separate finding of probable cause. Then-Director James Comey signed three FISA applications in question on behalf of the FBI, and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one. Then-DAG (Deputy Attorney General) Sally Yates, then-Acting DAG Dana Boente, and DAG Rod Rosenstein each signed one or more FISA applications on behalf of DOJ.”
This is important to know because these are some of the people that Democrats wanted their names redacted from this memo. It’s important to know just who it was that filed for the FISA applications as this could lead to trouble for the people involved.
But why would they be in trouble? Filing for a FISA application (or 4) is not against the law. True, but the FISC needs relevant and useful information to grant the application.
According to the memo: “… the FISC’s rigor in protecting the rights of Americans, which is reinforced by 90-day renewals of surveillance orders, is necessarily dependent on the government’s production to the court of all material and relevant facts. This should include information potentially favorable to the target of the FISA application that is known by the government. In the case of Carter Page, the government had at least four independent opportunities before the FISC to accurately provide an accounting of the relevant facts. However, our findings indicate that, as described below, material and relevant information was omitted.”
Imagine being a prosecutor, presenting the judge with information to send the suspect to jail and also being a defense attorney and forgoing presenting information that could keep the suspect out of jail. That’s essentially what the FBI did and the kind of power they wielded here. They are obligated with presenting information and facts that could hurt AND help the target of the application. But they chose to ignore the information that could help Page and only gave the FISC information against him.
And what did they present to the court? The Steele dossier.
Here’s what the investigation into the DOJ and FBI found:
“1) The ‘dossier’ compiled by Christopher Steele (Steele dossier) on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application. Steele was a longtime FBI source who was paid over $160,000 by the DNC and Clinton campaign, via the law firm Perkins Coie and research firm Fusion GPS, to obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.”
“a) Neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were known to senior DOJ and FBI officials.”
“b) The initial FISA application notes Steele was working for a named U.S. person, but does not name Fusion GPS and principal Glenn Simpson, who was paid by a U.S. law firm (Perkins Coie) representing the DNC (even though it was known by DOJ at the time that political actors were involved with the Steele dossier). The application does not mention Steele was ultimately working on behalf of – and paid by – the DNC and Clinton campaign, or that the FBI had separately authorized payment to Steele for the same information.”
So you can already see the corruption taking place here. The FBI and DOJ sought and received a FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page based largely on a fake dossier and they didn’t share with the FISC just who the author of the dossier was working with or even WHY he was working with them.
Had they done that, the court would’ve seen (though who knows if they would’ve cared) that the dossier has a shady background strictly tied to matters of politics. Comey and those involved in seeking the warrant and its renewals chose to omit this key information so that they would be more likely to attain the warrant.
That’s injustice if I’ve ever seen it.
The memo continues: “2) The Carter Page FISA application also cited extensively a September 23, 2016, Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff, which focuses on Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow. This article does not corroborate (confirm) the Steele dossier because it is derived from information leaked by Steele himself to Yahoo News. The Page FISA application incorrectly assesses that Steele did not directly provide information to Yahoo News. Steele has admitted in British court filings that he met with Yahoo News – and several other outlets – in September 2016 at the direction of Fusion GPS. Perkins Coie was aware of Steele’s initial media contacts because they hosted at least one meeting in Washington D.C. in 2016 with Steele and Fusion GPS where this matter was discussed.”
“a) Steele was suspended and then terminated as an FBI source for what the FBI defines as the most serious of violations – an unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship with the FBI in an October 30, 2016, Mother Jones article by David Corn. Steele should have been terminated for his previous undisclosed contacts with Yahoo and other outlets in September – before the Page application was submitted to the FISC in October – but Steele improperly concealed from and lied to the FBI about those contacts.”
“b) Steele’s numerous encounters with the media violated the cardinal rule of source handling – maintaining confidentiality – and demonstrated that Steele had become a less than reliable source for the FBI.”
Ok, that’s a lot to sort through, so I’ll try my best to keep this short. You can see the level of corruption coming from Steele and the FBI. Steele very obviously leaked information he shouldn’t have to the media and even LIED to the FBI about his contact with the media. And, as you know, it’s illegal to lie to the FBI. But this raises the question. Why wasn’t Steele arrested for this? Why didn’t the FBI arrest him for lying to them and concealing information about his contact with the media? Why has he been walking free for the past YEAR?!
Because he wrote the dossier. His dossier was crucial to the launching of the investigation, as you’ll see later on from the memo. His credibility, at least with the public, would’ve been shattered and his dossier would’ve been discovered to be b.s. far sooner than it was.
This is getting to be a decently lengthy article and I apologize if it’s pretty long, but this is a rather important article. I’ve only gotten though half of the memo so far, with a decent bit still to come, so bear with me, please.
The memo then says: “3) Before and after Steele was terminated as a source, he maintained contact with DOJ via then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, a senior DOJ official who worked closely with Deputy Attorneys General Yates and later Rosenstein. Shortly after the election, the FBI began interviewing Ohr, documenting his communications with Steele. For example, in September 2016, Steele admitted to Ohr his feelings against then-candidate Trump when Steele said he ‘was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.’ This clear evidence of Steele’s bias was recorded by Ohr at the time and subsequently in official FBI files – but not reflected in any of the Page FISA applications.”
“a) During this same time period, Ohr’s wife was employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump. Ohr later provided the FBI with all of his wife’s opposition research, paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign via Fusion GPS. The Ohrs’ relationship with Steele and Fusion GPS was inexplicably concealed from the FISC.”
This is one of the more clear-cut pieces of evidence of bias against Donald Trump. Steele literally admitted to Ohr that he was desperate that Trump wouldn’t get elected and was passionate about him not being president. The FBI, having interviewed Ohr, knew about Steele’s bias against Trump from Ohr himself, had it recorded in their files and omitted it from their FISA application.
The more and more we read this memo, the worse and worse the FBI and DOJ (specifically, the DAGs, Comey and McCabe) come across.
And it only gets worse.
“4) According to the head of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, Assistant Director Bill Priestap, corroboration of the Steele dossier was in its ‘infancy’ at the time of the initial Page FISA application. After Steele was terminated, a source validation report conducted by an independent unit within FBI assessed Steele’s reporting as only minimally corroborated.”
In other words, the dossier wasn’t even close to being confirmed by the time they used it as a reason to spy on Page. Of course, now we know it was entirely fake, but not at the time. At the time, the people who knew about it didn’t care that it was fake. They were going to use it regardless.
The point is that the biggest reason to get the FISA warrant hadn’t even been confirmed by the time they sought the warrant. They submitted it as a reason to spy on Page despite it not having been confirmed. It’s the equivalent of attaining a FISA warrant by presenting them with a dossier that said Obama was a robot. It doesn’t have to be truthful, just mildly believable.
The memo continues with: “Yet, in early January 2017, Director Comey briefed President-elect Trump on a summary of the Steele dossier, even though it was – according to his June 2017 testimony – ‘salacious and unverified’”. So he even briefed Trump on this garbage that he knew was unverified.
“While the FISA application relied on Steele’s past record of credible reporting on other unrelated matters, it ignored or concealed his anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations. Furthermore, Deputy Director McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.”
So McCabe even ADMITS that without the bogus dossier, they wouldn’t have sought the warrant. And yet, the Left time and time again claims that the dossier was not the basis for investigation into the Trump campaign. The Deputy Director HIMSELF tells us it was.
And finally, here’s the last thing in the memo:
“5) The Page FISA application also mentions information regarding fellow Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, but there is no evidence of any cooperation or conspiracy between Page and Papadopolous. The Papadopolous information triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016 by FBI agent Peter Strzok. Strzok was reassigned by the Special Counsel’s Office to FBI Human Resources for improper text messages with his mistress, FBI Attorney Lisa Page (no known relation to Carter Page), where they both demonstrated a clear bias against Trump and in favor of Clinton, whom Strzok has also investigated. The Strzok/Lisa Page texts also reflect extensive discussions about the investigation, orchestrating leaks to the media, and include a meeting with Deputy Director McCabe to discuss an ‘insurance’ policy against President Trump’s election.”
The stench of government corruption is so visible it has cartoonish stink lines coming off of it. This memo clearly depicts a highly corrupted FBI seeking a warrant to spy on an American citizen based largely on an unreliable source’s dossier and what that source improperly told the media in order to spy on a political opponent of Hillary Clinton.
I can’t say with a guarantee that this will lead to the arrests and prosecution of those involved in this act of government corruption, but if there’s any justice in this world, that’s precisely what this will result in.
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