Lindsey Graham has made public the 17 witnesses he wants to question over the Russian Collusion hoax and abuse of the FISA process. I suspect some of them will not agree to testify.
Graham is looking to call three unnamed FBI agents and three supervising agents.
Also on the list are Bruce Ohr, Dana Boente, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates, and Rod Rosenstein. There are also some other unnamed former FBI agents.
The agents and the supervisors know about the handling of the Steele dossier and the FISA process.
Several of the others signed off on the FISA request using information they knew to be a lie.
They will also have to explain why they withheld exculpatory evidence from the court. That is a huge no-no.
Lindsey Graham sent his wishlist to AG Bill Barr, and he is hoping that his committee will get to question all 17 of them.
Graham heads the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee.
Graham has not yet given a timeline of when these hearings would begin or the rules governing the questioning of the witnesses.
The IG report was particularly harsh towards Case Agent 1, who played a key role in several aspects of the Trump-Russia probe.
“Case Agent 1 was primarily responsible for some of the most significant errors and omissions in the FISA applications,” the IG report said.
The agent, who worked out of the New York field office, drafted the initial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications against Page. He was also the FBI handler for Stefan Halper, a Cambridge professor who worked as a confidential human sources for the bureau during Crossfire Hurricane. Halper secretly recorded Page and former Trump aide George Papadopoulos as part of the investigation. The IG report faulted FBI agents for failing to disclose exculpatory information gathered from Halper during those meetings.
Case Agent 1 was also involved in FBI interviews with the main source for former British spy Christopher Steele. The FBI extensively cited information from Steele in its FISA applications to make the case that Page was a covert Russian agent.