We have read the MEMO – and so can you. If you’re in a hurry, here are the summary points:
- was declassified by order of President Donald Trump on February 2, 2018.
- is from HPSCI (the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, also known as the House Intelligence Committee) Majority Staff to HPSCI Majority Members.
- has the subject, “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act [FISA] Abuses at the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
- is an update on “significant facts relating to the Committee’s 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.”
- has “findings that 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.”
The MEMO discusses an October 21, 2016 FISA probable cause order, sought and received by the DOJ and FBI, authorizing electronic surveillance on one Carter Page.
By law, any FISA application had to be certified by the FBI Director or Deputy Director before approval by the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General (DAG), or the Senate-confirmed Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division.
“The FBI and DOJ obtained one initial FISA warrant targeting Carter Page and three FISA renewals from the FISC…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 on behalf of the FBI and then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one. Then-DAG Sally Yates, then-Acting DAG Dana Boente, and DAG Rod Rosenstein each signed one or more FISA applications on behalf of DOJ.”
Why did the FBI want to spy on Carter Page? Who is this guy anyway?
Carter Page, a 46-year-old energy industry consultant with longstanding ties to Russia, volunteered as a foreign-policy advisor on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Page traveled to Moscow in July 2016 and gave a lecture.
Page then became the targeted pawn of Christopher Steele, the “longtime FBI source who was paid over $160,000 by the DNC and Clinton campaign, via the US law firm Perkins Coie and research firm Fusion GPS (Glenn Simpson, principal), to obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.”
Steele was working for and paid by the DNC and Clinton campaign to write an anti-Trump dossier. The FBI had separately authorized payment to Steele for the same information. (Nice work if you can get it.)
A September 23, 2016>Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff said that US investigators were scrutinizing Page’s activity in Russia and his potential connections to influential Russians. The Carter Page FISA application cited extensively this article to justify wiretapping the Trump foreign advisor. Steele subsequently attested under oath in British court that he himself leaked the information to Yahoo News.
The FBI suspended Steele before terminating him because he committed the FBI’s “most serious of violations.” Without authorization, Steele revealed publicly his “relationship” with the FBI” in a Mother Jones article by David Corn published on October 30, 2016.
The MEMO says Steele should have been fired after the Yahoo News incident – not because he fed fake news about Trump, but because he failed to disclose those media contacts to the FBI. But – get this – Steele lied to his bosses at the FBI by failing to mention his undisclosed media contacts. Can you imagine a profession liar lying to the boss? Thought you could.
Thus, the FBI granted warrants to spy on Carter Page based on false information provided by a lying British con artist.
Both Fusion GPS and Perkins Coie were aware of and involved in Steele’s initial media contacts. They failed to disclose this information to the FBI.
Before and after Steele was fired as an FBI source, he maintained contact with the Department of Justice (DOJ) via then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, “a senior DOJ official who worked closely with Deputy Attorneys General Yeates and later Rosenstein.”
In September 2016, Steele confided to Ohr that he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.” The DOJ was aware of, and had documented, the fact that anti-Trump “researcher” Steele hated Trump – yet this fact was never mentioned in any of the Carter Page FISA applications.
At the same time, Fusion GPS hired none other than Ohr’s wife to dig even more dirt on Trump. The Ohr’s relationship with Steele and Fusion GPS “was inexplicably concealed from the FISC.”
“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 [Andrew] McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.”
There you have it, Dear Readers. The DNC, FBI, and DOJ paid for, covered up for, lied about, and continue to lie about breaking federal law to get unwarranted warrants – in order to smear and persecute a US presidential candidate.
The MEMO closes by saying the Page FISA application also mentions another Trump campaign foreign advisor, George Papadopoulos. Although not linked to Page in any unsavory way, texts sent in July 2016 between the FBI’s investigator into Papadopoulos, FBI agent Pete Strzok, and his then-mistress, FBI Attorney Lisa Page (unrelated to Carter Page) showed they talked extensively about the investigation, orchestrated leaks to the media, and met with then-Deputy Director McCabe to discuss an “insurance” policy against President Trump’s election.
Are you starting to get the picture of how the top levels of management over at the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Democratic National Party conduct the business of our great nation?
And do you think ther’s any chance that anyone can get their $160,000 back from Chris Steele?