by Ruby Henley
The House Intelligence Committee has released today the MEMO, prepared by GOP chairman Devin Nunes, alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI and the Department of Justice. President Trump declassified the four-page memo and authorized its release. President Trump had the courage to ignore warnings from FBI and DOJ officials and numerous lawmakers, who said doing so would be reckless and dangerous. Of course, they did not want it released, as the American people will finally take back their power, which had been taken from them a long time ago.
Below is the entire memo:
I am not going to do a long report here. You can read the memo yourself, but I do want to do a short synopsis from someone I trust: FOX NEWS.
House memo states disputed dossier was key to FBI’s FISA warrant to surveil members of Team Trump.
The memo pointed out that in December 2017, then FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe testified that “no surveillance warrant would have been sought” from the FISA court “without the Steele dossier information.”
It also claims the FBI and DOJ used media reporting to lend credibility to the dossier, while the firm behind the dossier, Fusion GPS, briefed major American news outlets to include New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, New Yorker, Yahoo and Mother Jones.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Trump, who has read the memo, called the contents “a disgrace.”
“A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves,” he said.
“The memo stated that on October 21, 2016, the Justice Department and the FBI “sought and received” a FISA probable cause order authorizing “electronic surveillance” on Page from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. At the time, Page was a volunteer adviser on the Trump campaign.
According to the memo, Page’s FISA application “cited extensively” a September 23, 2016 Yahoo News article, which focused on Page’s trip to Moscow. The memo read that the “article does not corroborate the Steele dossier because it is derived from information leaked by Steele himself to Yahoo News.”
According to the memo, the FBI and DOJ obtained “one initial FISA warrant” targeting Page, and three FISA renewals from the FISA court. The statute required that every 90 days, a FISA order on an American citizen “must be renewed.”
The memo stated that then-FBI Director James Comey signed three FISA applications for Page and McCabe signed one. Trump’s current Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also signed at least one FISA application for Page –malong with former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and former Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente.
The White House sent a letter to Intelligence Committe Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., accompanying the unredacted, declassified memo Friday.
“Consistent with this review and these standards, the president has determined that declassification of the Memorandum is appropriate,” White House Counsel to the president Don McGhan wrote.
The release of the four-page memo comes after the Intelligence Committee voted earlier this week, over Democratic objections, to make the document public.
This led to a rare and stunning rebuke from the bureau, which said Wednesday they had “grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”
In a last-ditch objection, the top Democrat on the House committee claimed overnight that Nunes had made “material changes” to the memo that was sent to the White House for review.
But Nunes’ office described the changes as minor and blasted the complaint as a “bizarre distraction from the abuses detailed in the memo.”
The White House had backed the memo’s release, calling for “transparency.”
Bravo! Thank you, Jesus. God bless America!
The fact that some people in the FBI AND DOJ lied to the FISA court, saying they did vet the information given is inexcusable. This granted them the ability to surveil on a private citizen, but more importantly a candidate for President. The whole thing was done for political motives – outrageous!
The fact that even one FISA warrant was issued on false information and it was requested for possible political motivations leaves our Judicial system in shreds! I think every single person who signed his or her name to the FISA warrant request should be fired and brought up on charges. This sort of behavior must not go unpunished, as punishment is crucial in saving our Judicial system.
by Ruby Henley