The Saturday evening release of a heavily redacted document that is at the heart of the surveillance of the Trump campaign by the Obama regime’s politicized agencies is sending shockwaves through the Washington swamp and has the usual suspects swarming to contain the damage.
In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit bought by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, the Justice Department was forced to cough up the 412 page FISA application that was used to obtain permission from the secret court to spy on Trump campaign – and later administration – by alleging that former aide Carter Page was an agent of the Russians.
While there is nearly as much blacked out information as not, there is enough to show that corrupt elements of the Obama FBI/DOJ relied upon the unverified, salacious and politically motivated information in the now infamous 35-page “PeeGate” dossier put together by shady British spook Christopher Steele.
Despite the furious spin from the Democrats and media, the released information appears to vindicate President Trump who was vilified when he tweeted that he had been wiretapped on orders from former President Barack Obama last spring.
Congratulations to @JudicialWatch and @TomFitton on being successful in getting the Carter Page FISA documents. As usual they are ridiculously heavily redacted but confirm with little doubt that the Department of “Justice” and FBI misled the courts. Witch Hunt Rigged, a Scam!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2018
Looking more & more like the Trump Campaign for President was illegally being spied upon (surveillance) for the political gain of Crooked Hillary Clinton and the DNC. Ask her how that worked out – she did better with Crazy Bernie. Republicans must get tough now. An illegal Scam!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2018
It has now been established that the dirty dossier was paid for by Team Hillary and the use of this political document to fraudulently receive FISA authorization to conduct surveillance operations on U.S. citizens represents a monumental abuse of power by former FBI director James Comey and other high-ranking FBI/DOJ figures.
According to a statement released by Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton:
These documents are heavily redacted but seem to confirm the FBI and DOJ misled the courts in withholding the material information that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC were behind the “intelligence” used to persuade the courts to approve the FISA warrants that targeted the Trump team. Given this corruption, President Trump should intervene and declassify the heavily redacted material.
The statement also points out:
The warrants are controversial because the FISA court was never told that the key information justifying the requests came from a “dossier” that was created by Fusion GPS, a paid agent of the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee. The initial Carter Page warrant was granted just weeks before the 2016 election. Today’s document release supports criticisms by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee who released a memo that criticized the FISA targeting. The memo details how the “minimally corroborated” Clinton-DNC dossier was an essential part of the FBI and DOJ’s applications for surveillance warrants to spy on Page.
Newly released documents prove that Comey’s FBI and the DOJ relied almost entirely on the phony and unverified anti-Trump “dossier” to gain warrants to wiretap Trump campaign associate. The “dossier”, paid for by Clinton & Democrats, was about 95% of the application to spy!
— Gregg Jarrett (@GreggJarrett) July 22, 2018
More from Fox News:
The materials released by the DOJ include an October 2016 application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to wiretap Page as well as several renewal applications. It is highly unusual for documents related to FISA wiretap applications to be released.
Though heavily redacted, the documents show that the infamous and unverified Steele Dossier was a major component of the 2016 surveillance warrant. The dossier, which was opposition research funded by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign, contains salacious allegations against Trump. It was also a major component used to justify subsequent renewals.
The visible sections of the released FISA documents do not indicate the dossier was ever verified. Instead, the FBI claimed that Steele was “reliable” based on his previous work.
The FISA records also reveal that a September 2016 Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff was a significant part of the government’s warrant application.
But London court records show, and Republicans emphasize, that Steele briefed Yahoo News and other reporters in the fall of 2016 at the direction of Fusion GPS — the opposition research firm behind the Steele Dossier.
The newly released FISA warrant application, however, seems to indicate the Yahoo News article was an independent piece of corroborating information that justified the surveillance of Carter Page. Republicans question whether the story is an example of circular reporting that merely repeated information from Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that commissioned former British spy Christopher Steele to compile the dossier.
Isikoff’s role in the promotion of the dossier is critical and especially considering that he was working with a Ukranian operative who was embedded at the DNC during the time of the alleged Russian hacking and who was assisting he and other reporters with opposition research.
Alexandra Chalupa was particularly helpful in providing dirt on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort who is currently being squeezed by dirty cop Robert Mueller to turn stool pigeon against Trump.
If Isikoff’s article that was used as corroborating information in the warrant was based on information gleaned from the Ukranian operative, then that would put the origination of the entire witch hunt squarely inside DNC headquarters.
This is huge news because if corrupt officials based the surveillance warrant on the sketchy dossier, it could bring down the entire Russian election meddling/collusion scam like a house of cards and it couldn’t come at a worse time for Democrats.
“POTENTIALLY GROUNDBREAKING”: Rep. Mark Meadows calls for released FISA documents to be declassified and unredacted pic.twitter.com/O4TASLFcTa
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) July 22, 2018
Saturday was a relatively slow news day until this bombshell exploded late in the afternoon and as Democrats furiously work to contain the damage, there are calls for President Trump to go ahead and declassify the entire document which could be big trouble for Comey and others who have worked to mount a bloodless coup against a democratically elected president.
This is a developing story…