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FISA Judge Blasts FBI For Providing False Information To Wiretap Carter Page

The top judge on the federal court overseeing surveillance activities accused the FBI on Tuesday of providing false and misleading information about Carter Page in applications to wiretap the former Trump campaign adviser. Judge Rosemary Collyer, the presiding judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), issued the stern and unprecedented rebuke in a memo ordering the FBI to come ...

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Andrew McCabe’s Defense Of The FBI And Steele Dossier Crumble Under Weight Of IG Report

The DOJ report on the FBI’s surveillance abuses against the Trump campaign severely undermined Andrew McCabe’s recent defense of Christopher Steele and his anti-Trump dossier. McCabe told journalist Carl Bernstein in October that the FBI was unable to disprove much of the dossier. He also said that Steele had provided information in the past that the FBI used in search ...

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Mueller Star Witness Is Sentenced To 45 Days In Jail, To Be Served On Weekends

Rick Gates, the former Trump campaign official who was a star witness in several cases handled by the special counsel’s office, was sentenced Tuesday to serve 45 days in jail on conspiracy and false statements charges. Gates, a former business associate of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, will be allowed to serve out his sentence on weekends, according to The ...

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FISA Report Was So Bad That FBI’s Top Lawyer During Russia Probe Felt ‘Distressed’ After Reading It

Former FBI general counsel James Baker said Monday that he felt “distressed” after reading the Justice Department inspector general’s report laying out “significant” errors and omissions in the bureau’s applications to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. In an interview on CNN, Baker went further in his critique of the bureau than did FBI Director James Comey, who said ...

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Comey Says He Was ‘Wrong’ About FBI’s Surveillance Abuse, But Downplays His Own Role In Bungled Case

James Comey admitted Sunday that he was “wrong” about the FBI’s handling of surveillance warrants against Carter Page, who the former FBI director acknowledged was “treated unfairly” by having his name leaked to the press as a suspected Russian agent. “He is right. I was wrong,” Comey said in an interview on Fox News Sunday in reference to the findings ...

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Oops: CNN’s Jim Sciutto Defended Steele Dossier More Than Anybody

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The Justice Department inspector general’s report undermined several years of reporting from journalists who defended the Steele dossier and the FBI’s handling of the infamous report.  CNN’s Jim Sciutto was at the forefront in defended the dossier, and the bureau.  In numerous segments since early 2017, Sciutto insisted that parts of the dossier had been corroborated, and that the FBI ...

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FBI Agent Who Played ‘Significant’ Role In Surveillance Abuse Wore Several Hats In Trump Probe

The Justice Department inspector general’s report on FBI surveillance of the Trump campaign offers a damning assessment of the bureau’s handling of the Steele dossier, and its investigation of Carter Page. Among those deemed “primarily responsible” for the “most significant” errors in the investigation is “Case Agent 1.”  The agent, who still works for the FBI, played a key role ...

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‘It’s Pretty Bad’: Michael Horowitz Sums Up FBI’s Surveillance Abuses Against Trump Aide

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz pulled no punches Wednesday when describing the actions of FBI agents who withheld information regarding Carter Page in order to obtain surveillance warrants against the Trump campaign aide. “It’s pretty bad,” Horowitz told the Senate Judiciary Committee. Horowitz offered the assessment during an exchange with Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary ...

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Lindsey Graham: Carter Page Should ‘Sue The Hell Out Of’ The FBI And DOJ

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday he hopes that Carter Page “sues the hell” out of the FBI and Justice Department for relying on the unverified Steele dossier to obtain surveillance warrants against the former Trump campaign aide. Graham was speaking at the opening of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to go over a Justice Department inspector general’s report that found ...

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Steele ‘Meticulously’ Recorded That His Dossier was Not Accurate

Christopher Steele “meticulously” documented and recorded interactions with a key source for his infamous Trump dossier, lawyers for the former British spy said Tuesday in a lengthy response to the Justice Department inspector general’s report on the FBI’s handling of the Russia probe. The report, released Monday, poked holes in the dossier, and revealed that a primary source for Steele ...

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AG Barr Blasts ‘Completely Irresponsible Press,’ Hits FBI For ‘Gross Abuses’ In Trump Probe

Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday blasted the “completely irresponsible press” as well as the FBI for their respective roles in pushing the debunked theory that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government in 2016. Barr said in an interview with NBC News he disagreed with a Justice Department inspector general’s report, released Monday, that said the FBI had ...

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Analysis: IG’s FISA Report Undercuts ‘Schiff Memo,’ Which Defended FBI And Steele Dossier

The Justice Department watchdog’s report undercut key claims in the so-called Schiff Memo, released in February 2018 by Rep. Adam Schiff. The memo downplayed the Steele dossier’s significance to the FBI’s surveillance of Carter Page. Schiff released it in response to a memo from Rep. Devin Nunes which criticized the FBI’s handling of the dossier.  The DOJ watchdog found that ...

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DOJ Watchdog Puts Final Nail In Steele Dossier’s Coffin

The Justice Department watchdog’s report debunked one of the Steele dossier’s most specific allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, and severely undermined others.  The report also faulted the FBI for failing to thoroughly investigate the dossier, and to tell a federal court about problems with the information collected by Christopher Steele.  One of Steele’s primary sources provided the FBI with information that ...

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FBI Failed To Disclose That Carter Page Was ‘Operational Contact’ For CIA, Was Given ‘Positive Assessment’

The FBI failed to inform surveillance court judges that Carter Page was an “operational contact” for the CIA for years, and that an employee at the spy agency gave the former Trump aide a “positive assessment,” according to a Justice Department report released on Monday. The finding is included in a list of seven of the FBI’s “significant inaccuracies and ...

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