Dem FISA Memo Released! Dossier Was Likely Used for FISA Warrant


Updated below

The Democratic FISA memo was released Sunday. Upon its release on Twitter, Adam Schiff wrote: “Some time ago, Republicans on our committee released a declassified memo that omitted and distorted key facts in order to mislead the public and impugn the integrity of the FBI. We can now tell you what they left out.” He linked to the memo.

The Democrat memo is a political document as is the Nunes memo, but there is one important point that must be mentioned. Democrats do not refute the Republican contention that the dossier was used to obtain the warrant. In addition, Democrats did not refute Andrew McCabe’s testimony that the warrant would never have been issued without the dossier. We still don’t know, however, because we haven’t even seen the quote.

However, the memo does claim in one line that the FISA warrant was unrelated to the dossier and was based on intelligence. There were news articles beyond Isikoff’s.

There is one other possible conflict in the memo. Democrats point out that the FBI director Jim Comey testified that the dossier was in part “salacious and not verified.” Nunes implied it was the entire dossier.

Also, the FBI told the FISA court it was a political document and they felt that was enough information. They did not see the need to tell the court that the Clinton campaign and DNC paid for it. Democrats did not refute that.

It appears the FISA court was never told Christopher Steele was the source of the Isikoff newspaper article that was used as the backup for the dossier.  At least, the Democrats do not address it.

They say the surveillance of Carter Page allowed them to gather a lot of intelligence. Democrats say that Papadopoulos was the impetus for the warrant, which was renewed four times. They claim the dossier wasn’t the point, which belies what they’ve been saying for a year.

The Democrat memo gives the false impression Carter Page needed to be surveilled because he was a blank page. That isn’t true. The Special Counsel and FBI aren’t investigating Page.

Devin Nunes also spoke to the memo Sunday at CPAC. “Wouldn’t it have been a lot easier just to say, ‘Hey Mr. Judge, the campaign and the Democratic Party paid a lawyer who hired a firm who hired a foreign agent to go to the Russians to get dirt on Mr. Trump?'”

He encouraged the DoJ to look at this and decide if the FISA court was abused: “We are not going to have a FISA court in this country any longer if the and the DOJ are going to continue to obfuscate.”



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5 years ago

And now we have a new turn in the dirty, smelly, Mueller investigation. Mueller was handed a serious blow in the DC court in the Flynn matter, specifically the Presiding Judge was removed. All the charges against Manafort were handled in that same court, so what does Mueller do. He goes to Northern Virginia and files additional charges. This forces Manafort to fight in two jurisdictions for, essentially, a single case. It very well may be Mueller is “worried” this new Judge will Not put up with the shenanigans his team is known for, and may use the Virginia court to combine the cases in that jurisdiction. The DC Judge should immediately put a stop to that and force Mueller to combine the cases in HIS court.