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Wray: FBI Agents Involved In FISA Debacle Have Been Referred To Bureau’s Disciplinary Office

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FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday that the FBI agents involved in the surveillance of Carter Page who are still at the bureau have been referred to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility for possible disciplinary action.

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Wray noted that most of the FBI officials who oversaw Crossfire Hurricane, which involved surveillance of Page, have left the bureau and are no longer subject to disciplinary review. He said that the FBI personnel who worked on that probe and who still have jobs at the FBI are mostly line-level agents.

“Those people have all been referred to our disciplinary arm,” Wray testified, referring to the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).

Republicans on the committee pressed Wray over the Justice Department inspector general (IG) report released on Dec. 9 that found that the FBI misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) in four applications to surveil Page.

The report found 17 “significant” errors and omissions in the FBI’s submissions to the FISC. Agents failed to disclose exculpatory information related to Page, as well as derogatory information related to the Steele dossier. The FBI extensively cited information from the dossier in its surveillance applications.

The report is particularly harsh towards an FBI counterintelligence agent identified only as Case Agent 1.

“Case Agent 1 was primarily responsible for some of the most significant errors and omissions in the FISA applications,” the report said.

The agent drafted the initial surveillance request on Page, and conducted interviews with the former Trump aide in March 2017. He was also involved in an interview with a source for dossier author Christopher Steele, who disputed many of the allegations in the dossier.

The agent failed to disclose that source’s remarks to the FISC.

A now-former FBI attorney, Kevin Clinesmith, is also reportedly under criminal investigation for allegedly altering an email regarding Page that was part of the FBI’s investigation.

The FBI did not return a request for comment about how many FBI agents have been referred to OPR.

Wray said throughout the hearing that the FBI conduct laid out in the IG report was “unacceptable.” He has submitted 40 proposed reforms to how the FBI handles and vets information in its wiretap requests.

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  1. Mr.Wray has to go too. We need a clean slate at the FBI . A group of FBI spooks attempted to frame and charge a sitting President with treason. The fumigation of the FBI cannot be left to an FBI hack, it must be accomplished by outside individuals at the DOJ such as Barr and Durham. This cannot be allowed to fester any longer. People have to go to jail, people must lose their pensions and jobs. Anybody who is even suspected of being anywhere near this disgrace should be let go immediately. This includes Bruce Ohr , his wife and his buddies., who all should have been suspended already. The days of nobody ever being fired from these federal agencies has to end. Wray wants to give them a new title and a different parking space. He should put them on leave ,no pay and said. we are waiting for the Barr/Durham report and will dismiss all individuals who had any knowledge or should have had knowledge of this national disgrace. Trump should fire Wray too, he is one of them.

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