A top GOP lawmaker made national headlines Sunday night, publicly confirming that the FBI failed to provide a federal surveillance court with evidence that “directly” refuted the bureau’s rationale for opening the Trump-Russia investigation.
Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe was speaking with Fox News when he was asked to comment on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) application that allowed the Department of Justice to spy on the Trump campaign heading into the 2016 election and afterward.
“Hypothetically, if the Department of Justice and the FBI have another piece of evidence that directly refutes that, that directly contradicts that, what you would expect is for the Department of Justice to present both sides of the coin to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to evaluate the weight and sufficiency of that evidence,” Ratcliffe said.
“Instead, what happened here was Department of Justice and FBI officials in the Obama administration in October of 2016 only presented to the court the evidence that made the government’s case to get a warrant to spy on a Trump campaign associate,” he added. He told Fox that the evidence related to former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos.
The FBI obtained a FISA warrant against another Trump campaign aide, Carter Page, on Oct. 21, 2016. The weight of the application relied on the salacious and unverified Steele dossier to contend that Page was acting as a foreign agent of Russia. Page has vehemently denied the allegations.
What many believe really happened was high ranking officials in the Obama DOJ and FBI made a concerted effort to help Hillary Clinton get away with her private email server scandal and take down candidate, and then President Donald Trump. One problem they had was how could they use the full force of their law enforcement powers to do these things way out in the open for many people working at the DOJ to see? So, they came up with a plan to get themselves into the secretive FISA system. Once in that system, they could do all of their dirty work behind the cloak of secrecy, and no one would be the wiser. Or so they thought. All they needed was a real person they could claim they wanted to surveil.
Here’s what kind of scumbags these people are. The FBI had asked Carter Page in the past if he would do some things for them while in Russia on business, and he always agreed. He did this because he’s a patriot and thought it was the right thing to do. When the government coup group learned that Page had temporarily volunteered for the Trump campaign they realized they had their scapegoat. So, they applied for a FISA warrant to surveil Carter Page, but in reality, the warrant was really just to get them into the FISA system for anonymity while they broke a lot of laws. They did this to a man who helped them out multiple times and never refused a request.
The FBI’s FISA applications also referred to George Papadopoulos, but the pages are so heavily redacted that it is not clear why he is mentioned. Some believe it was a pile-on tactic so that they could say there was more than one flimsy person they needed to surveil (spy on).
The big part of all of this is that there were four people who signed for FISA warrants. FISA warrants expired over a period of time and had to be renewed. Of the four top-ranking officials who signed for them, not a single one of them told the judge that the Steele dossier was bought and paid for by Donald Trump’s election opponents, Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic National Committee. They had an ethical and legal obligation to do so, and they didn’t.
Here’s Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who I call the linchpin of 2016 presidential election corruption cover-up, explaining the FISA warrant system.
Rosenstein was the fourth and last person to sign for the FISA warrant renewal, and he also did not alert the FISA judge that the Steele dossier was bought and paid for by Trump’s election opponents Hillary Clinton and the DNC. By his own words, he should be removed and investigated.
From The Daily Caller:
Trump ordered the documents declassified on Sept. 17, but rescinded the order four days later.
In backtracking from the request, Trump said that the Justice Department and two foreign allies had asked him not to declassify the documents.
“My opinion is that declassifying them would not expose any national security information, would not expose any sources and methods,” said Ratcliffe. “It would expose certain folks at the Obama Justice Department and FBI and their actions taken to conceal material facts from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.”
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