FIRED UP: Lindsay Graham SWEARS To ‘Get To The Bottom’ Of FISA Abuses After Comey Hearing

A recent comment made by former FBI Director James Comey about the FISA warrant process did not sit well with Republican Senator Lindsay Graham, who now claims he “will get to the bottom” of it.

Following a closed-door session before the House Judicial and Oversight and Government Reform committees, Comey told a group of reporters that he believed the FISA warrant process was “handled in a thoughtful [and] responsible way.”

“I have total confidence that the FISA process was followed and that the entire case was handled in a thoughtful, responsible way by DOJ and the FBI,” Comey said after he left the hearing room, the Daily Caller reports.

“I think the notion that FISA was abused here is nonsense,” the former FBI director added.

Graham quickly responded to the comment and said he would like to meet with Comey and figure out what actually went on behind the scenes—Graham and other conservatives have argued that the State and Justice Departments abused the FISA warrant process to spy then-candidate Trump and his campaign.

“I look forward to having an in-depth discussion with former FBI Director Comey about his assertion that challenges against the FISA warrant process – based on the Steele dossier – are ‘nonsense,’” Graham said on Saturday in a tweet.

Graham is expected to replace Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, should he retire, and said he would use the new post to pursue the FISA warrant process.

“In my view, the process used to obtain a FISA warrant – and its multiple renewals – against Carter Page should disturb every American,” Graham tweeted.

“I intend to get to the bottom of what happened if I am Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.”

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Here’s more on the alleged FISA warrant process abuse, via the Daily Caller:

Republicans have accused the FBI and Justice Department of misleading FISA Court judges by relying heavily on the Steele dossier in applications for four warrants to spy on Page. They assert that the dossier was unverified when the FBI cited it extensively in its warrant applications and that the bureau failed to fully disclose that the dossier was the product of an opposition research project funded by the DNC and Clinton campaign.

The dossier, authored by former British spy Christopher Steele, accuses the Trump campaign of conspiring with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election. Page is featured prominently in the 35-page document but vehemently denies its allegations.

Continued:

Steele, a former MI6 officer, met with numerous reporters in September and October 2016 to discuss his investigation into Trump. Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that hired Steele, helped arrange the briefings.

Steele at one point told the FBI that he had not contacted with reporters. The bureau cut ties with Steele on Nov. 1, 2016 after he served as a source for a Mother Jones article published the day before. It is still unclear when Steele told the FBI that he had not had contact with reporters.

On Thursday, Nunes, a California Republican, called for the declassification of an email chain, which he claims shows FBI and Justice Department officials raising questions about the dossier before the FBI submitted its first FISA application against Page. The email thread, on which Comey was included, also showed that government officials were aware of Steele’s contacts with the press.