The entire “Russia Collusion” story is so convoluted that it challenges even the most ardent follower of current events not to get lost in a maze of lies, corruption, and outright criminal activities, at the highest levels of the DOJ, the FBI and perhaps even our intel agencies. The House Intelligence Committee Majority FISA Memo deals exclusively with a FISA warrant application that was sought unsuccessfully by the FBI and the DOJ initially in the summer of 2016 but then subsequently approved on October 21, 2016. A FISA warrant allows the agencies to electronically surveil US citizens! In this case, a political presidential candidate during a presidential election… There is a lot we still do not know but here is what we know from the House FISA Memo (HFM).
A FISA surveillance warrant targeted Carter Page, a “Trump Campaign Advisor”, and was based on the unsubstantiated Russian Dossier and a September 23, 2016 article that appeared on Yahoo News based on the dossier information leaked to Yahoo by Christopher Steele, an FBI asset and the author of the dossier. So, the FISA Warrant was apparently based primarily on the discredited Steele “Russian Dossier” and a “news” article based on that same dossier! According to Andrew McCabe, the Deputy Director of the FBI when he testified before the Intel Committee in December of 2017, that no FISA warrant would have been sought WITHOUT THE STEELE DOSSIER INFORMATION!
Who Paid For and Who Created the “Russian Dossier”:
The Russian Dossier was paid for by the Democrat National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton Campaign. The FISA warrants omitted the fact that the underlying dossier was paid for by the DNC and the Clinton campaign making it a political document and not an investigative document.
The FBI also authorized payments to Steele for the same information he provided to the DNC and Clinton.
Christopher Steele was compiled the dossier while also acting as an FBI “source”.
The purpose of the Russian Dossier was to “obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.”
The FISA warrants omitted that Steele was working for and also being paid by Fusion GPS.
Who approved and signed the FISA Warrant:
There were 4 separate approvals by the FBI and DOJ of the FISA Warrant. The initial warrant, and three subsequent renewals from the FISC. On the FBI side, James Comey signed three of the applications and Andrew McCabe signed one. On the DOJ side, Sally Yates, Dana Boente and Rod Rosenstein each signed one or more of the FISA applications.
The Russian Dossier, Fusion GPS and the FBI/DOJ:
Even after Steele was fired by the FBI, he maintained contact with the DOJ via Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ore. Ore worked closely with Deputy Attorney General Yates and Rosenstein! Concurrently, Bruce Ore’s wife was working for Fusion GPS charged with obtaining opposition research against Donald Trump. This information was fed to the DOJ via Bruce Ore… Steele admitted to Ore that he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president”. So, Ore knew that Steele, the author of the dossier, was highly politically biased against Trump; that Steele was the author of the dossier, but Ore specifically made sure that his relationship with Steele and Fusion GPS was omitted from the FISA application!
The HFM laid out a clear conspiracy within the DOJ and its FBI to undermine the Donald Trump Candidacy and then his presidency. It clearly laid out a conspiracy to obtain the surveillance of a US citizen, who was part of a presidential campaign, the campaign itself, and then a US Presidency, using known, false information, paid for by a political rival candidate and a rival political national committee, to obtain a FISA warrant from a FISC. It clearly lays out a conspiracy to surveil and gain information on a US Presidency based upon the same known false information.
Comey lied to President Trump when he told the President on January 6th, 2017, that the President was NOT under investigation. The investigation actually began in mid 2016. If Trump was not still under investigation, why had Comey and Rosenstein renewed the FISA warrant request multiple times! Obviously Comey and Rosenstein conspired to continue to investigate the Trump Administration after the election!
What is not known from the HFM is WHO was caught up in the Carter Page surveillance. Or, if there was more than one FISA warrant sought and obtained. Was Trump Tower caught up in the warrant. Who else was surveiled and unmasked? Was General Flynn surveilled and did that surveillance result in Flynn’s charges?
I hate Special Councils but there is a need to have another SC appointed. This is due to the apparent lack of independence within the DOJ and the FBI. How far are these agencies infected? The Special Council should also be empowered to look at the Mueller investigation and how much of its investigation is predicated on the phony dossier. Would Mueller even be investigating if the dossier did not exist? I think not!