The House Intelligence Committee has released their rebuttal to the Republican’s FISA Memo. It has been redacted to cover FBI sources and methods that the Democrats included throughout the MEMO’s text. The Democrat FISA Memo’s author, Adam Schiff immediately released the following statement:
However, after reviewing the Democrat’s supposed rebuke, it seems to corroborate the Republican memo, rather than contradict it. You can view it in the embedded file below or read it directly here, where it was uploaded by the House Intelligence Committee. Also, you can view this document on Scribd.
Some of the key findings in the Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes FISA Memo, included that the FBI relied heavily on the anti-Trump Steele Dossier to secure the FISA memo, which allowed the government to, what would otherwise be considered, the illegal spying on then candidate Trump and his campaign, and later on President Trump and his Administration. In particular, it granted them the warrant to spy on Carter Paige, President Trump’s National Security Advisor. The Republican FISA Memo stated that the Steele Dossier was the primary information given to the FISA court, to obtain the warrant to spy on Carter Paige and the Trump campaign. However, the Democrat FISA Memo says that the Dossier was not really that central to the FISA application. This is an interesting point, since it goes against the testimony of then FBI Director James Comey, and Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. Both men testified that the Dossier was central to the FISA warrant, and that it was largely salacious and unverified, despite being central to the FBI and DOJ obtaining the FISA warrant. In addition, the Democrats claim that there was only ‘minimal use’ of the Steele Dossier to obtain the FISA warrant. This point is interesting, because under the Nunes FISA Memo, it said that the Steele Dossier was CENTRAL TO OBTAINING THE WARRANT, but there were other sources mentioned. One likely source being that the Carter Page FISA application, also cited extensively, a September 23, 2016, Yahoo News article written by Michael Isikoff, which focuses on Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow. However, this source did not provide any new information, since Christopher Steel admitted in British court filings, that he had met with Yahoo news and various other news outlets in September of 2016. This indicates that they were using circular corroboration. This MEANS THAT THE OTHER SOURCES WERE LIKELY ALL BASED ON CHRISTOPHER STEELE’S DOSSIER. The same Dossier that was used as a supposedly different source for the FISA Warrant, according to the Democrats and Adam Schiff.
To help understand more about the background of Trump’s National Security Advisor Carter Paige, and his relationship with the investigation, Paige had been involved in a counter-intelligence espionage case in 2013 to help the FBI secure an indictment of Russian Nationals. This point is interesting, since under the Obama Administration, the FBI and DOJ then sought to try to bring down Carter Paige, a short three years later for colluding with the Russians.
In addition, the Nunes FISA Memo, and now the Democrats FISA Memo, both corroborate that the Obama Administration did not reveal to the FISA National Security Court, that the Steele Dossier was bought and paid for by the DNC, or the Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign. The Democrats defended this move, by claiming that it would have violated the FBI’s protocol’s for not releasing FBI and DOJ sources and methods. However, it is not standard procedure to shield information from the FISA National Security Court, especially since the court is responsible for protecting American’s constitutional rights, and America’s national security. And in granting a warrant, for what would be, illegal spying on citizens of the United States, sources are critical to the FISA National Security Court, especially since it would have demonstrate that the DNC and Hillary Campaign could intentionally spy on an opposing Party candidate. Furthermore, if Congress can view the sources and methods, why wouldn’t the court who has to power to grant permission to the executive branch to violate American’s constitutional rights and freedoms, under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Therefore, the Democrats claim that it is standard protocol for the FBI and DOJ to shield information from a National Security Court to protect sources and methods is absurd. A National Security Court that is in charge of ensuring our nations national security cannot have information shielded that is pertinent to them doing their job. Especially, since the Democrat Obama Administration was behind it. Also, since the Democrat memo admits that the Dossier was a political document, while blocking the court from knowing that it was bought and paid for by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Clinton Campaign.
Another issue that was interesting was that the Democrat FISA Memo states that they argue against the Republican’s FISA Memo claim that the FBI and DOJ took part in paying for the Steele Dossier. Instead, the Democrats claim that the FBI and DOJ simply authorized payment for the Steele Dossier. This is problematic, since it means that the FBI and DOJ authorized the money transfer to GPS Fusion. Therefore, it doesn’t matter whether they handed the money over personally, or authorized the transaction. Either instance indicates that they personally took part in a transaction of payment. After all, the IRS, FBI, or DOJ would still go after Americans who took part in illegal payments involving criminal acts, whether they paid in person, or simply authorized the payment or transaction.
The Republicans also revealed that the FBI cut off their relationship with Christopher Steele, the author of the Steele Dossier, due to the fact that he had not only exemplified his desire to stop President Trump from winning the Presidential election, but also the fact that he had been leaking information to the media, in an attempt to sink President Trump’s presidential campaign, and help Hillary Clinton win. According to the Democrats Memo, Steele continued to pass information through his Justice Department contacts, specifically naming Bruce Ohr, who has since been removed from the department. Especially after it was revealed that “Steele told [former FBI official Bruce] Ohr, he ‘was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.’”
The Democrat’s FISA Memo does not dispute the Republicans findings that the former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe would never have sought the FISA warrant had it not been for the Steele Dossier. Also, the Democrats FISA Memo calls Republicans disingenuous for including text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page. Also, at the end of the Democrats memo, they say that the Republicans were disingenuous in that they had included the text messages between the two. They said that it was prejudicial in that they both had a hatred of a lot of the other candidates, and not just Donald Trump. The Democrats cite where the two cited that Hillary Clinton was extremely careless with how she handled classified information, but it did not amount to a case that could be prosecuted. However, that drafting is misleading since we now have evidence that two months before Clinton’s exoneration, it was Deputy FBI Director Peter Strzok and FBI Director James Comey who drafted Clinton’s exhoneration, and the letter was written prior to witnesses being questioned. Furthermore, it was Strzok that swapped out the phrase ‘grossly negligent” with “extremely careless.” Those phrases are EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, since ‘grossly negligent’ is a prosecutable phrase, but ‘extremely careless’ is not.
In all, the Democrats claims that the “FISA Memo was not used to spy on Trump,” however, that is exactly what happened. An outgoing Administration, along with an opposing Presidential candidate, and an opposing political party, paid for a political hit piece, that was utilized to obtain a FISA Warrant, that was used to SPY ON AN OPPOSING CANDIDATE, in order to CHANGE THE POTENTIAL OUTCOME OF AN AMERICAN ELECTION. An crime that is a threat to the core of our Constitutional Republic. An offense that should, and will likely lead to convictions, and prison time. Fabian-Rino Republicans are likely involved, and should be investigated as well. Republicans like John McCain, who took part in the delivery of the dossier. Democrats that are involved, should be investigated. The FBI and DOJ should be investigated. The Obama Administration and DNC should be investigated. After all, the future of our Constitutional Republic depends on it.