Apparently this is a common practice at the FBI.
A source familiar with the testimony of FBI Special Agent Jonathan Moffa told The Daily Caller News Foundation that the agent admitted in his House testimony that the agency would leak stories to the press and used those stories to obtain FISA warrants.
From The Daily Caller:
During a closed-door interview with the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees on Friday, Special Agent Jonathan Moffa told congressional investigators that the FBI and Justice Department have leaked stories to the press and then used them to obtain warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
“He more or less admitted that the FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the press and then used stories from the press as justifications for FISA warrants,” a source who took part in Moffa’s interview told TheDCNF.
A source, unknown if it’s the same as the one with the Daily Caller, told Fox News the same information. This source told the network the agency has used this “practice in the past,” but also said “that Moffa did not specifically confirm the practice of using leaked information to bolster warrant applications was employed with regard to the dossier.”
Republicans in Congress “have long questioned to what extent leaked information, related to the unverified anti-Trump dossier, was used as a basis for surveillance warrants against former Trump adviser Carter Page in 2016 — when the bureau was led by James Comey and deputy Andrew McCabe.”
Fox News’s source said that Moffa’s testimony does “raise concerns that the bureau indeed used this practice with the dossier, referencing an article written by Yahoo! News’ Michael Isikoff.” Fox News continued:
The Isikoff article was published on Sept. 23, 2016, focusing on Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow. According to a House GOP memo earlier this year, the Isikoff article did “not corroborate the Steele dossier” as the article was “derived from information leaked by Steele himself to Yahoo News.” Yet the subsequent FISA application to spy on Page cited the Isikoff article, among other pieces of evidence.
“The [Carter] Page FISA application incorrectly assesses that Steele did not properly provide information to Yahoo News,” the memo read. “Steele has admitted in British court filings that he met with Yahoo News—and several other outlets—in September 2016 at the direction of Fusion GPS.”
While I’m weary of anonymous sources, it seems that Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) repeated the allegations in a tweet on Monday.
We’ve learned NEW information suggesting our suspicions are true: FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the press, and then used those same press stories as a separate source to justify FISA’s
Unreal. Tomorrow’s Bruce Ohr interview is even more critical. Did he ever do this?
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) August 28, 2018
Meadows appeared on Fox News on Tuesday:
“We know that some people at the Department of Justice and the FBI actually gave information to the media, then the stories were reported. Then they used those reports to justify further investigations,” Meadows said on “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday. “You know, that’s like saying, we’re going to incriminate on one hand, and be the jury on the other. It just doesn’t work that way.”
The House will question DOJ official Bruce Ohr on Tuesday. The Republicans remain “convinced that Ohr was too close to [dossier author Christopher] Steele and used Steele’s questionable analysis to launch an investigation into Trump.
Fusion GPS, the publisher of the dossier, employed Ohr’s wife Nellie at the time.DONATE
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