According to Joe diGenova, a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, the DOJ Inspector General has determined that the three Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant extensions against onetime Trump campaign aide Carter Page were illegally obtained.
The Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, has been looking into the alleged FISA abuse in the applications in regard to Page and whether the FBI and the DOJ complied with proper requirements for the warrants. His investigation is anticipated to be completed later this month or in June.
Joe diGenova said Democrats are madly spinning against President Donald Trump in order to distract from what’s coming.
From Washington Examiner:
“They are doing that as a diversionary tactic away from the inevitable conclusions of the DOJ inspector general, Michael Horowitz, who, by the way, we have learned has concluded that the final three FISA extensions were illegally obtained,” diGenova said on Fox Business. “The only question now is whether or not the first FISA was illegally obtained.”
He pointed to memos, obtained by conservative group Citizens United through open-records litigation, that suggest the FBI might have misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in the first warrant application about an unverified dossier.
DiGenova also dropped another bombshell, saying that the information was hidden from the IG.
Horowitz “apparently, as a result of those disclosures … which he was unaware of — the bureau hid those memos from Horowitz — as a result of that they’re doing additional work on the first FISA. It may be that all four FISAs will have been obtained illegally,” diGenova said.
The questionable dossier was used to get authority to wiretap Page in October 2016 despite Steele having a political motive to undermine Trump by the election and despite the information being opposition research paid for by the DNC and the Clinton team. The FBI then got three renewals on that warrant through June 2017.
This despite the fact that they had evidence that Steele was not reliable based upon a meeting with Kathleen Kavalec 10 days before.
Senate and House investigators told The Hill they too were unaware of the documents, which were given to and redacted by the FBI, and one member of Congress referred the memos to the Justice Department inspector general. “They tried to hide a lot of documents from us during our investigation, and it usually turns out there’s a reason for it,” House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said.
A memo from the House Intelligence Committee in February 2018 alleged Steele was paid over $160,000 by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign through the Perkins Coie law firm and opposition research group Fusion GPS to “obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.” The memo also said the FBI never informed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of the dossier’s Democratic benefactors or Steele’s anti-Trump bias when it applied to spy on Page, who was investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller over his interactions with Russians but was never charged.
Former FBI Director James Comey has been conducting a media blitz to try to spin their actions. He appeared on a CNN town hall on Thursday and called the spying on the Trump campaign “reasonable” and “normal.”