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Comey’s FBI knew “Steele dossier” was BOGUS before using it to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Team Trump

(National SentinelCorrupt: POTUS Donald Trump will nominate William Barr, an old Washington hand, to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general, reports confirmed on Friday.

Politicos may remember that name: Barr served as AG under President George H. W. Bush, who died earlier this week.

If true, and Barr is seriously under consideration, some may view this choice as POTUS Trump giving in to the swamp. But it could be that the president wants Barr because he needs an experienced hand at the helm of a Justice Department that is in serious need of reform.

That became apparent again this week following a report from The Hill’s John Solomon, in which he dropped news bombshells regarding suspicions that James Comey’s FBI misrepresented a key document in the bureau’s pursuit of a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court enabling agents to spy on an American citizen tied to the 2016 Trump campaign, Carter Page:

Just before Thanksgiving, House Republicans amended the list of documents they’d like President Trump to declassify in the Russia investigation. With little fanfare or explanation, the lawmakers, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), added a string of emails between the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to their wish list.

Sources tell me the targeted documents may provide the most damning evidence to date of potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), evidence that has been kept from the majority of members of Congress for more than two years.




Solomon noted that the emails involve Comey, lawyers from the Justice Department’s national security division, and key FBI investigators involved in the “Russian collusion” probe. The date of the email string is early October 2016 before the FBI managed to secure a spy warrant from the FISA court for Page.

The emails show that the bureau was well aware that the primary ‘proof’ agents were using to justify the warrant — the so-called “Russia dossier” compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele — was bogus.

In particular, the emails show concern among intelligence community officials that the contents of the dossier were reliable. 

Steele was fired by the FBI on Nov. 1, 2016, for having unauthorized contacts with the media. That firing occurred two weeks after the spy warrant was authorized.

There’s more. The FBI did not come clean for months with the American people or Congress regarding the fact that Steele was paid to find ‘dirt’ on then-GOP candidate/nominee Donald Trump by a firm that was doing political opposition research on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign — Fusion GPS. The bureau also did not reveal the fact that Steele had a great deal of animosity for Trump.

“If the FBI knew of his media contacts and the concerns about the reliability of his dossier before seeking the warrant, it would constitute a serious breach of FISA regulations and the trust that the FISA court places in the FBI,” Solomon writes.

The bureau, he notes, is required to certify to the FISA court prior to the approval of surveillance warrants that any evidence presented to justify spying has been verified and fact-checked for accuracy. The FBI also has an obligation to let FISA judges know if there are any flaws in evidence or information presented to the court in the FISA application suggesting the intended target may be innocent.

House Republicans are going to question Comey — who signed off on the FISA warrant — Friday. It should be noted that 10 months after special counsel Robert Muller, a Comey friend and former associate, was appointed, the fired FBI director cast aspersions on the dossier during sworn testimony before Congress, calling it “unverified” and “salacious.” Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page corroborated Comey’s characterization in recent testimony before the House. 

“If these documents are released, the American public will have clear and convincing evidence to see the FISA warrant that escalated the Russia probe just before Election Day was flawed and the judges [were] misled,” one knowledgeable source told Solomon.

More than anything, this lays out the case that Comey and anyone associated with the dossier should be charged by a grand jury. Why Mueller hasn’t done so already should be obvious, which makes who becomes the next AG extremely vital.

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9 Comments on Comey’s FBI knew “Steele dossier” was BOGUS before using it to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Team Trump

  1. Show me from Missouri // December 7, 2018 at 5:12 pm // Reply

    I think Mueller is on a tight leash from Rosenstein and Rosenstein’s memo was quite specific that it was the Trump campaign and it’s collusion with Russia that was the target of the investigation, and any related findings, apparently meaning only Trump and Trump people are under investigation by the Special Counsel, Mueller.
    Then when Sessions recused himself from anything to do with the election, that left the whole investigation in the hands of Rosenstein, who also had signed off on a FISA warrant application renewal, so of course Comey isn’t being charged with anything. He’s not a target of any investigation that I can see and I wouldn’t expect Rosenstein to incriminate himself, and a recusal by Rosenstein might be perceived or seen as an admission of guilt, so probably nothing will come of it.
    It seems pretty stand now, the way the game in Washington is played is to play out the clock. If you can stall long enough, then the statute of limitations kicks in or else you allies probably become the majority in Washington in Congress and your case will likely be dismissed.

  2. USJoeFreedom // December 7, 2018 at 5:30 pm // Reply

    That would constitute a felony by the FBI and Mueller.

  3. Under the United States Code, title 18, section 1001, a person who knowingly or willingly makes a material statement that is false, or fraudulent, to the feds, is guilty of a crime. What comes as a surprise to many is that unlike section 1621, section 1001 does not require that a person be under oath.

    He broke the law. He better do time for this felony. If this was a common person they would be living behind bars for 2 years already.

  4. Trump should have the US Miltary lock down the FBI, DOJ, CIA, etc. and route all these RATS out. And start building some gallows!

  5. It is so sad that I think no one will go to jail over his. I want to know why President Trump is not declassifying this information. He said now that they have the house they will start coming at him, he will then declassify it. He should now and let the American people know. Will, he ever declassify it. Mistake for President Trump. I like him and what he has done so far. He seems to want to help us with things. Why not let the American people know what happened. I do not get it. If he does not let that come out. I will be disappointed in him. They will get away with it. And they will try and pull something else in 2020. Cohen is a liar and saying things to get less jail time. I do not believe anything that man has to say!! But a lot of America does..they want to think the worse of President Trump! No Russian collusion. Mueller is part of the swamp! He is on the Democrat”s side, obviously. Very bias. He should have been fired!! Best friends with Comey! Really? They are all sticking together to take him down. Including making people lie! It is a disgrace!!

  6. Thanks to Trump and all those involved in the massive job of clearing out the corrupt, evil, worldwide swamp, but after that’s been accomplished what’s to prevent a new corrupt swamp from seizing control?

  7. I have little faith that justice will ever be served. While Trump will be, as he has been, constantly harassed with unproven accusations of misdeeds, the Swamp Creatures will slither away with only their old jobs lost and new, better paying jobs provided by the ecosystem that maintains the Swamp.

  8. so much for “law enforcement” Very selective at “best”.
    We knew about this FISA crap what….. 1-1/2 years ago?
    NOTHING will be done and the klintons will skate again.

  9. This headline kills me. DUH! We’ve known this for 2 years. How about holding someone to account!?

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