Republican Senator Lindsay Graham wants Americans to know the truth about actions which mostly happened behind the scenes for the FBI to secure a FISA warrant into President Trump and his campaign associates.
As the Daily Caller reports, Graham rebooted an investigative effort into the dossier “authored by former British spy Christopher Steele and funded by Democrats” that the FBI used to obtain the FISA warrant.
“The FBI relied heavily on Steele’s report to obtain four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page,” the Daily Caller reports.
And, “Republicans investigated whether the FBI misled the FISA court by relying on the dossier even though its allegations about Page were unverified. They also asserted the FBI failed to tell surveillance court judges that Steele was working on behalf of the DNC and Clinton campaign on an investigation of Donald Trump.”
According to a letter sent to Attorney General William Barr, the South Carolina Republican asked for all documents FBI and Justice Department officials shared regarding attempts to verify the dossier.
The Daily Caller reports:
Graham also indicated in the letter that he is investigating the FBI’s decision to open up investigations of Trump campaign associates in 2016.
He said the Judiciary Committee is concerned vetting proper vetting procedures and the full presentation of facts to the FISA Court “may not have occurred with regard to the applications for FISA warrants for (and the opening of the underlying investigation on) Carter Page and other individuals associated with the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.”
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The FBI formally opened counterintelligence investigations on four campaign associates on July 31, 2016. The first FISA against Page was granted Oct. 21, 2016.
Graham is seeking all documents provided to the Gang of Eight in May 2018 regarding the Russia probe. He is also requesting the so-called “Woods file,” which would include any materials used to verify the allegations against Page included in FISA applications.
The dossier alleges Page served as the Trump campaign’s backchannel to the Kremlin. He is also accused of coming up with the idea of providing stolen DNC emails to WikiLeaks and of meeting with two Kremlin insiders during a trip to Moscow in July 2016.
Page has vehemently denied the allegations. He has testified to special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury, but has not been charged in the investigation.
Graham’s relaunching of the investigation fulfills a promise he made before he was tapped to be the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman.
Here’s even more, from the Washington Examiner:
“[T]he Committee is concerned that the Woods procedures and a full presentment of material and relevant facts may not have occurred with regard to the applications for FISA warrants for (and the opening of the underlying investigations on) Carter Page and other individuals associated with the presidential campaign of Donald Trump,” Graham wrote.
Enacted in 2001, the Woods Procedures were intended to protect U.S. citizens from improper surveillance by the government, seeking to “ensure accuracy with regard to the facts supporting probable cause.”
Graham expressed optimism in Barr during the confirmation process after meeting with him, saying in January, “I’m going to do a deep dive into the FISA issue, I think he’ll be part of it.”
The letter additionally targets FBI “302” interview reports with DOJ official Bruce Ohr, who has emerged as being Steele’s backchannel to the FBI in supplying the contents of his research, and any other official who received information from outside the government that appeared in the Page FISA applications.
Rounding out Graham’s nine-point list is a push for records about any defensive briefings offered and given to 2016 presidential candidates as well as documents shared with the “Gang of Eight” in May 2018 related to the federal Russia investigation.
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