On Friday, the White House authorized the release of a controversial House Intelligence Committee memo.
“Our findings, which are detailed below, (1) raise concerns with the legitimacy and legality of certain DOJ and FBI Interactions with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), and 2) represent a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses related to the FISA process,” the memo began.
“The FBI and DOJ obtained one initial FISA warrant targeting Carter Page and three FISA renewals from the FISC. As required by statute . . . a FISA order on an American citizen must by renewed by the FISC every 90 days and each renewal requires a separate finding of probable cause,” the memo noted.
“Then-Director James Comey signed three FISA applications on behalf of the FBI, and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one. Then-DAG Sally Yates, then-Acting DAG Dana Boente, and DAG Rod Rosenstein each signed one or more FISA applications on behalf of DOJ,” the memo continued.
“In the case of Carter Page, the government had at least four independent opportunities before the FISC to accurately provide an accounting of the relevant facts. However, our findings indicate that . . . material and relevant information was omitted,” the memo added.
What was omitted was simply this: the details that demonstrated the Russian “dossier” on which the warrant was based was entirely unsubstantiated, and its author, Christopher Steele, was a compromised and biased anti-Trump partisan.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
You can read the four page memo here.