ACLJ -- February 2nd, 2018
With the release of the House Intelligence Committee Memo, it is manifestly clear that the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation participated in a fraud on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) in order to surveil Carter page, a U.S. Citizen. Senior DOJ and FBI officials deliberately and intentionally advanced unverified opposition research paid for by the Democratic National Committee, which was designed to harm the opposing party candidate by creating a fictional Russian collusion story as a reliable fact. All this took place in the midst of the last U.S. Presidential election.
Eventually, Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe testified before the Committee that but for reliance on the 35-page dossier, authored by Christopher Steele, the FISA warrant would never have been sought or obtained. The FISA court relied on two sources as a basis for the eventual issuance of the warrant: the dossier authored by a foreign agent, Christopher Steele, and a Yahoo News report Mr. Steele gave to Yahoo news.
This behavior is a massive abuse of power and should outrage all Americans of both political parties.
In essence, a surveillance was issued against an American citizen grounded in unverified, uncorroborated claims made by a foreign agent who was desperate to prevent the current President from winning the 2016 election and was passionate about him not becoming President. Despite his hostility toward the current president, in a 2017 filing in a British Court, Mr. Steele, said the claims he made in the dossier were unverified.
Fusion GPS specializes in opposition research and the firm hired Steele, this was all paid for with money from the DNC and the Clinton campaign. Mr. Steele's unreliability is confirmed by virtue of evidence that he lied to the FBI when he said he did not speak to the media. The actual collusion turned out to be between James Comey of the FBI, the Obama Justice Department and the Clinton Campaign.
The source of the FISA order targeting Carter Page was created by a foreign national. This means that the FBI and DOJ outsourced their research and violated their duty to the American people by misleading the FISA court judges. By doing so, these two government departments fueled the false narrative that the Russians interfered in America's last Presidential election. On the contrary, the adducible evidence shows that members of the FBI and the DOJ interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign much more than any Russian operative. They placed their fingers on the scales of democracy to favor one candidate over another.
This behavior suggests that each individual who signed the FISA application on behalf of the DOJ and the FBI, should be required to testify under oath before Congress and the American people and give a defensible account for their misconduct. Otherwise they must face consequences. They must be held accountable.