By Jon Dougherty
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham is continuing his effort to help Attorney General William Barr prepare cases against the deep state co-conspirators who tried to depose POTUS Donald Trump via “Spygate.”
On Sunday, the South Carolina Republican announced he was working to declassify a bombshell document that he said proves beyond any doubt that fired FBI Director James Comey and his Obama/Hillary sycophants within the bureau and Justice Department knew full well the infamous “Steele Dossier” used to justify Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court warrants to spy on Trump Team members was bogus.
Meaning, of course, that by intentionally misrepresenting the dossier as real intelligence, they filed a fraudulent FISA application with the court — a huge no-no.
“There’s a document that’s classified that I’m gonna try to get unclassified that takes the dossier — all the pages of it — and it has verification to one side,” Graham told the host of Fox Business‘ “Sunday Morning Futures” Maria Bartiromo. “There really is no verification, other than media reports that were generated by reporters that received the dossier.”
The FBI used the dossier from Christopher Steele, a former British MI6 spy, as justification for surveilling Carter Page, a onetime Trump campaign adviser.
“So, the bottom line is the dossier has never been independently confirmed,” Graham said. “It was used to get a warrant,” Graham said.
“They knew the author of the dossier was on the Democrat Party payroll. He hated Trump; they got the warrant anyway. Most Americans should be very upset about that. I’m very upset about it. And we’re going to get to the bottom of it.”
Fox News noted further:
Graham specifically cited the report from The Hill’s John Solomon that the FBI was expressly told that Steele, the bureau’s confidential informant, had admitted to a contact at the State Department that he was “keen” to leak his discredited dossier for purposes of influencing the 2016 election. Steele also acknowledged that his dossier was funded by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton campaign.
“Christopher Steele was trying to leak it to everybody,” Graham said.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec’s written account of her Oct. 11, 2016, meeting with Steele was apparently sent to the FBI, according to records unearthed in a transparency lawsuit by Citizens United. Nevertheless, the FBI included claims in Steele’s dossier in its successful FISA warrant application to monitor Page.
- EXTRA: Lindsey Graham: FBI knew Christopher Steele was ‘on Dem Party payroll’ as he tried to derail Trump candidacy
Graham added: “But for the dossier, there would be no warrant against Carter Page.
“The meeting on Oct. 11 was 10 days before the FISA warrant application. So the FBI was on notice that their confidential informant went to the Department of State to urge the Department of State to take the dossier and leak it to the public to affect the election. That’s about as sick as it gets.”
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