DOJ Inspector General May Accuse FBI of Illegally Getting FISA Warrants
According to former Trump lawyer Joe diGenova, the DOJ’s Inspector General may have determined that the FBI broke the law while trying to obtain FISA warrants against Trump campaign associate Carter Page in 2016. The attorney told Fox Business that Democrats were blowing up the House of Representatives with investigations and subpoenas and other nonsense, largely in an effort to distract from the coming maelstrom.
“They are doing that as a diversionary tactic away from the inevitable conclusions of the DOJ inspector general, Michael Horowitz, who, by the way, we have learned has concluded that the final three FISA extensions were illegally obtained,” diGenova said. “The only question now is whether or not the first FISA was illegally obtained.”
Horowitz has been investigating the Justice Department’s activities in the early days of the Russia investigation since last year, and he is widely expected to reveal his findings within just a few weeks. At that point, there may be a reckoning for many of the most notorious figures in the FBI/DOJ, including Peter Stzrok, Lisa Page, Andrew McCabe, James Comey, Bruce Ohr, and others.
As part of that investigation, Horowitz has been looking into the foreign surveillance warrants that the FBI obtained against Page. Those warrants allowed the FBI to wiretap the Trump associate and use a broad palette of surveillance tools that are usually not permitted when the subject is an American citizen.
To obtain those warrants, the FBI relied heavily (if not exclusively) on what’s come to be known as the Steele Dossier – a work of almost total fiction financed by the Democratic National Committee. Justice Department officials went out of their way to disguise the dossier’s political origins when presenting it to the FISA court.
To back up his assertion, diGenova noted that Citizens United had obtained memos that implicate the FBI in a scheme to mislead the FISA judges.
“Apparently,” he said, “as a result of those disclosures – the Bureau hid those memos from Horowitz – and as a result of that, they’re doing additional work on the first FISA. It may be that all four FISAs will have been obtained illegally.”
We’re certain that there’s nothing the IG can say that will change the media’s mind about whether or not Trump and Devin Nunes were right all along; hell, they’re still bafflingly insistent that the Obama administration never spied on the campaign. But whether or not the media is convinced, the truth will come out. Hopefully, the consequences will not be far behind.