They used it, but only a tiny bit, which I guess makes that okay…
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) released his memo that he claims counters the GOP memo on the FBI and DOJ using a dossier with unverified information to obtain a warrant to spy on Trump’s former campaign member Carter Page.
Except…it doesn’t. In fact, it also confirms that the agencies used the dossier to obtain that warrant.
Schiff wrote that these officials “did not ‘abuse’ the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign.”
The minority justified the spying on Page because he was “someone the FBI assessed to be an agent of the Russian government.” They insist the DOJ and FBI “met the rigor, transparency, and evidentiary basis needed to meet FISA’s probably cause requirement.”
THAT WASN’T THE ARGUMENT OF THE GOP MEMO. The argument was that they used the unverified information in the dossier to receive that warrant.
“but only made narrow use of information from Steele’s sources.” In other words…THEY DID USE THE DOSSIER TO OBTAIN THE WARRANT. I mean, come on.
Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) told the audience at CPAC that we will not see “anything that actually rejects what was in our memo.”
He’s correct. The main purpose of the GOP memo was to show abuses by the FBI and DOJ to obtain that warrant on Page and Schiff’s memo says they did. Now, Schiff and the minority claim that the agencies used other information, but yes, they also used the dossier from Steele.
We have to remember that no one has verified the information in the dossier that FAILED Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign and DNC paid for against then-candidate Donald Trump. Even former FBI Director James Comey said it was filled with “salacious” and “unverified” information.
So…what was the point? No wonder Nunes and the other Republicans had no problem with him releasing this memo.
Schiff also wrote that this was not spying on Trump’s campaign since Page left the campaign months before the DOJ and FBI started to spy on him. However, Schiff states in one point that the “FISA applications also detail Page’s suspicious activity after joining the Trump campaign.”
So they didn’t spy on him when he was on the campaign, but activities DURING the campaign set off red flags with officials.DONATE
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