(National Sentinel) Light of Day: Late Monday POTUS Donald Trump ordered the release of unredacted FISA warrant applications “[a]t the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced after reports surfaced last month that POTUS was considering doing so.
“The documents to be declassified also include 12 FBI reports on interviews with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr and all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all other applications to surveil Carter Page,” as Fox News and other outlets reported.
This was a long time coming. House Republicans, especially, have been appealing to the president to order these documents declassified and released in full so the American people can have the opportunity to learn precisely what motivated the Obama administrative Deep State to launch “Spygate” — the operation to put a rival presidential campaign under surveillance.
Former campaign adviser Carter Page became the subject of the surveillance — for reasons, we surmise, that had to do with national security, since that is the only way American citizens can be spied upon legally.
But there has to be more there than that, right?
What are those documents going to show? Here are several things we’re looking for:
— Former British spy Christopher Steele was aware of the fact that the campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee was paying for the “Trump dossier” he authored.
However, the FBI did not include that information in its application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court when officials used the unverified document to obtain a surveillance warrant to spy on Trump campaign official Carter Page. That would indicate that the FBI engaged in likely criminal behavior — defrauding the FISA court.
— Recently, we learned that, according to House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., 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 said.
Were these criminal acts?
— House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has said he believes James Comey’s FBI hid evidence that would have exonerated former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page when the Bureau applied for FISA warrants so they could spy on him.
“There is exculpatory evidence that we have seen, of classified documents that need to be declassified,” Nunes said in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
“Exculpatory in nature in what way? Exculpatory in what way?” Hannity asked.
“In that the Carter Page FISA, when the judges should have been presented with this exculpatory evidence that the FBI and DOJ had,” Nunes replied.
Did Comey break the law too?
— Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who was neck-deep in Spygate, was said to have given lawmakers eye-opening (and cooperative) testimony in July when she appeared before a House committee following an appearance by former lover and FBI No. 2 counterintelligence official Peter Strzok. Her testimony is what likely led to this declassification.
— Another declassification indicator: Strzok was caught lying about his involvement in the Carter Page FISA warrant documents. What’s his liability in this?
In April, the Justice Department — perhaps seeing the writing on the wall — gave House and Senate committees unprecedented access to the Carter Page FISA warrant documents. And while the department heavily redacted much of the information that was seen, clearly this began a chain of events that led us to where we are today.
And that was after Nunes said in March the FBI may have violated the law in the way it handled the FISA applications and subsequent warrants.
We have said before that POTUS Trump is a quick study. Waiting until weeks before the 2018 midterms to do this was genius. Now, let the chips fall where they may.