Republican Congressman Jim Jordan said there are no more secrets when it comes to how a warrant to tap the Trump campaign was granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC, also called FISA Court as it was created under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act).
The Ohio Republican said the FISA Court was “duped,” or tricked, by FBI officials who used false information, Fox News reports. According to Jordan, these FBI officials brought fake information from the unverified dossier.
“They didn’t tell the court the dossier was unverified,” Jordan told Fox News host Sean Hannity. “They didn’t tell the court who paid for it, namely the Clinton campaign. They didn’t tell the court that Christopher Steele, the guy who wrote it, was desperate that Trump not win. They didn’t tell the court that Christopher Steele had been fired by the FBI because he’s out leaking information. That’s a lot not to share with a secret court, especially, Sean, when you’re getting a warrant to go spy on the other party’s campaign.”
Here’s more, from Fox News:
Jordan, 55, the ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and member of the House Judiciary Committee, called for a “single standard” for everyone when it comes to breaking the law, saying there shouldn’t be a separate set a rules for people named “Comey,” “Clinton,” “Lynch,” among others.
“All the way up until May 17, 2017, when they named Bob Mueller special counsel, they had zero, zero evidence of any type of collusion,” Jordan continued. “All of that time and still no evidence, and yet they moved ahead with this whole thing.”
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) March 16, 2019
John Solomon, a Hill contributor and vice president of digital video, who appeared on the Fox News segment with Hannity and Jordan, previously wrote that exculpatory evidence was withheld from the court to push an eventual investigation.
In an op-ed with the Hill, Solomon wrote:
First, the FBI must present evidence to FISA judges that it has verified and that comes from intelligence sources deemed reliable. Second, it must disclose any information that calls into question the credibility of its sources. Finally, it must disclose any evidence suggesting the innocence of its investigative targets.
Thanks to prior releases of information, we know the FBI fell short on the first two counts. Multiple FBI officials have testified that the Christopher Steele dossier had not been verified when its allegations were submitted as primary evidence supporting the FISA warrant against Page.
Likewise, we know the FBI failed to tell the courts that Steele admitted to a federal official that he was desperate to defeat Trump in the 2016 election and was being paid by Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to gather dirt on the GOP candidate. Both pieces of information are the sort of credibility-defining details that should be disclosed about a source.
Check out both Jordan and Solomon’s remarks below: