Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Did Clinton Associates and Obama State Dept. Feed Info to Steele?
The following article appeared in Frontpage Magazine on February 6th
Questions mount over Steele dossier corruption.
By Joseph Klein
Democrats and their apologists in the mainstream media are in a state of pitiful denial. They refuse to accept the fact that certain senior officials at the FBI and Department of Justice with political agendas misled the FISA court in their applications for a warrant to spy on an American citizen, Carter Page. First, the Democrats and their apologists raised the specter of a national security crisis if the House Intelligence Committee memo on the discredited Christopher Steele anti-Trump “dossier,” used in part to justify the surveillance warrant, were made public. Then, when the memo was made public, they claimed, in the words of California Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu, that it was a “nothing burger.” There was in fact a lot of beef in the memo, but Democrats and their progressive friends have eliminated truth from their diets.
We shall see what so-called “context” the Democrats put into their rebuttal memo, if and when released. Given their tendency to put their heads in the sand when evidence of malfeasance by partisan higher-ups in the nation’s chief law enforcement agencies stares them in the face, we can expect little more than spin.
From what has been reported so far by the New York Times, the “Democratic memo is said to contend that the F.B.I. was more forthcoming with the surveillance court than Republicans had claimed.” The article quoted Connecticut Democrat Jim Hines, who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, claiming that the FBI did not mislead the FISA court because “the judge had some sense that this information came out of a political context.” However, the article went on to say that, according to people familiar with the Democratic memo, the memo concedes that “the F.B.I. did not name the Democratic National Committee and Mrs. Clinton’s campaign as having funded the Steele research.” Instead, the FBI merely disclosed that the information it had received from Steele was “politically motivated,” which the Democrats believe is sufficient.
Even if the FISA court were given “some sense” that the information in the Steele dossier “came out of a political context” and was “politically motivated,” that is far too general to have any real meaning to judges who deserve to be informed of all relevant facts. It is a far cry from informing the FISA court of the material fact that the Steele dossier was bought and paid for by the campaign of presidential candidate Donald Trump’s adversary, Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic National Committee which Hillary Clinton controlled by that time. The members of the Department of Justice and FBI who signed the FISA warrant applications without disclosing the specifics behind the dossier’s funding, which would have cast doubt on its credibility, engaged in prosecutorial misconduct by concealing or withholding from the FISA court critical information in their possession. As a result, they misled the FISA court as to the worth of the dossier in deciding whether or not to grant the warrant request.
Democratic Representative Hines also said that what Americans will learn from the Democratic memo is that “it is not true that this FISA warrant was awarded solely on the basis of the Steele dossier.”
Whether the dossier was the sole basis for the FISA court’s decision to issue the surveillance warrant is beside the point. The Department of Justice and FBI obviously would not have considered the dossier significant enough to include in their original application and renewals if they did not think they needed it to succeed in their applications. It is fair to assume that the evidence they already had compiled on Carter Page, who was said to be on the FBI’s radar for years, coupled with what they had learned from ex-campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, was insufficient. The transcript of testimony to the House Intelligence Committee by former deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, should be made public to verify what exactly he said regarding how critical the Steele dossier was in obtaining the FISA surveillance warrant to spy on Carter Page.
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