By Jackson Richman
The House Intelligence Committee, led by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-AZ), released on Friday a four-page memo alleging abuses of authority at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice.
Here is a summary of it, most of which was reported beforehand (all quotes are from the memo):
- As part of an October 2016 application to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, the FBI and DOJ relied on an unverified dossier by former British intelligence officer and FBI source Christopher Steele, which was authored by the research firm Fusion GPS and paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
- Allegedly, information may have been omitted from the application, under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which permits electronic surveillance and collection of those suspected of terrorism or espionage.
- Steele admitted to briefing members of the media, most of whom did not publish the information he provided. The FISA application for Cater Page “incorrectly assesses that Steele did not provided information to Yahoo News, despite Steele admitting in British court in September 2016 that he met with the publication, along with several others. Ultimately, most of the news outlets did not publish the information from Steele, who was later terminated as an FBI source.
- Steele had contact with then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, whose wife worked for Fusion GPS, and told him that he was “desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president. This evidence was recorded by Ohr and was “subsequently in official FBI files,” though “not reflected in any of the Page FISA applications.
- “While the FISA application relied on Steele’s past record of credible reporting on other unrelated matters, it ignored or concealed his anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations. Furthermore, Deputy Director McCabe testified before the committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court without the Steele dossier information.”
- The FISA application, which, per law, had to be renewed every 90 days, mentions former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, “but there is no evidence of any cooperation or conspiracy between Page and Papadopoulos.”
- Information from Papadopoulos caused the FBI to investigate in July 2016 of FBI agent Pete Strzok, who was reassigned by the Special Counsel’s office to the bureau’s human resources department for exchanging inappropriate text messages with his mistress Lisa Page (no relation to Carter Page) regarding their hatred of Trump.
- The texts mentioned a meeting with McCabe to discuss an “‘insurance policy’ against President Trump’s election.”