(National Sentinel) Deep State: In a bombshell revelation, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told Fox News‘ Laura Ingraham Thursday that the FBI “coordinated” leaks to the media in order to use them as justification for obtaining FISA court warrants on what appear to be false pretenses.
The FISA warrants, which were used to spy on minor 2016 Trump campaign figure Carter Page in an attempt to link him and Team Trump to a ‘Russian collusion’ narrative, were subsequently renewed three times after the initial warrant was issued in October 2016 — all of the renewals after POTUS Trump won the election.
“One of the things that we’ve recently found out … in a new batch of text messages is that there was a coordinated effort by those at the FBI to actually leak to the media,” Meadows told Ingraham, Lifezette reported.
“We now have documents that prove it — where they leaked to the media. Then, they used the same information to verify the veracity of their claims and actually use that for a FISA warrant,” said Meadows.
“Well, you can’t do both. So the FBI had a ‘leak to the media’ strategy, and it’s troubling,” he added.
Meadows has been on this path for months. In June he revealed that the FBI may have altered 302s — forms documenting interviews with witnesses — in connection with investigations into Hillary Clinton’s improper handling of classified emails and Russia.
“There is a growing body of evidence that the FBI made edits and changes to 302’s, or summaries of witness interviews, in both the Clinton case and the early Russia investigation. This is incredibly troubling and needs to be examined. I appreciate the IG looking into it,” he tweeted.
There is a growing body of evidence that the FBI made edits and changes to 302's, or summaries of witness interviews, in both the Clinton case and the early Russia investigation.
This is incredibly troubling and needs to be examined. I appreciate the IG looking into it. pic.twitter.com/rXI7IzDNda
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) June 22, 2018
Lifezette reported further:
The FISA application was based almost entirely on the infamous “Steele dossier” of unproven allegations about Trump alleging collusion with Russian interests. Former British spy Christopher Steele compiled the dossier, which was paid for by 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
These events eventually led to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into the Russian collusion allegations.
“You know I’ve been very critical of the DOJ in not producing things, but these are new text messages that, you know, we viewed,” Meadows said, alluding to the congressional committees’ protracted fights with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to view subpoenaed documents.
Meadows and other Republicans are urging POTUS Donald Trump to declassified all documents related to the FBI’s FISA court applications to spy on Page. He is said to be considering it, according to investigative reporter Sara A. Carter.
“The American people need to judge for themselves. And we believe that it is time — not a month from now, not two months from now, but days from now — to declassify this information, show it,” Meadows said.