The day of reckoning is coming for the Obama administration’s FBI and how they handled the investigation into the Trump campaign. Already the fact that they did indeed use spies to covertly gain access into the outer fringes of the campaign has come to light. Democrats (and, for some reason, current FBI Director Christopher Wray) are still busy denying that these “cloaked investigators” were spies, but it really doesn’t matter what you call it. It comes to the same.
Now we’re learning more about how the FBI used a phony opposition research document to get a rare FISA warrant against American citizen Carter Page. To put it bluntly, they lied their tails off to the judges on the court.
According to Obama’s Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec, she met with dossier author Christopher Steele in October 2016. At that time, Steele informed her that he was doing research work that was political in nature and needed to be finished before the election. Why does this matter? Because scarcely a week after Kavalac had personal information about what Steele knew – namely, that he was performing opposition research for the Clinton campaign – the FBI told the FISA court that Steele knew nothing about his benefactor’s motivations.
“Steele was approached by an identified U.S. person, who indicated that a U.S.-based law firm had hired the identified U.S. person to conduct research regarding (Trump’s) ties to Russia,” the FBI writes in seeking the warrant against Page. “The identified U.S. person never advised (Steele) as to the motivation behind the research into (Trump’s) ties to Russia. The FBI speculates that the identified U.S. person was likely looking for information that could be used to discredit (Trump’s) campaign.”
Of course, the FBI knew at this point that Fusion GPS was being funded by Perkins Coie, a law firm working on behalf of the Democratic National Committee. Furthermore, they knew that Steele knew that his work needed to be turned in before the election. The FBI needn’t have used the word “speculates,” because they knew full well what was happening. They just wanted to make the court believe that they didn’t, because then the absurdity of gaining a surveillance warrant against a U.S. citizen on the basis of this information would have been plain to see. It would have been obvious that the Steele dossier had all the credibility of a ThinkProgress article.
The upcoming DOJ Inspector General’s report on these shenanigans is going to be a doozy. If Obama’s minions start freaking out (more than usual) over the next weeks, you’ll know why.