Report: FBI illegally obtained 3 extensions on FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page
The investigation into the origination of the warrant filed under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that was used to spy on 2016 Trump campaign staffer Carter Page is reportedly not going well for Democrats and the FBI.
According to legal expert Joe diGenova, the Justice Department’s Inspector General has already found that the extensions for the FISA warrant were obtained illegally — meaning that Robert Mueller’s team likely accepted evidence that was illegally obtained.
Now, it is just a matter of proving that the initial filing was also illegal, which could lead to big charges for several high-profile former and current DOJ officials.
Investigation Going Sour
When FBI Director Christopher Wray recently testified before Congress, he revealed that the Inspector General, the FBI, and the attorney general were collectively working on an investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.
You could all but hear a collective gasp from Democrats when he said it.
And as it turns out, they apparently had very good reason to be concerned.
According to diGenova, “the DOJ Inspector General, Michael Horowitz…we have learned has concluded that the final three FISA extensions were illegally obtained.”
He went on: “The only question now is whether or not the first FISA was illegally obtained.”
Getting to the Truth
In terms of bad news, this weekend could not have gone worse for Democrats.
First, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by a group called Citizens United led to the release of a memo described a meeting between the then-assistant deputy secretary of State and Christopher Steele in 2016.
During that meeting, Steele admitted that his client for the dossier wanted the information leaked before the presidential election.
To further add to the drama, FBI Director Wray changed the status of the document from unclassified to classified on April 25, 2019, apparently trying to keep the contents of the memo hidden.
On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he would be working hard this week to declassify documents that would further expose the deep state working against Trump post-election. Meanwhile, the Inspector General’s investigation is expected to be wrapped up no later than late June or early July.
If his report states what we think it will, Democrats will be reeling — and James Comey and Robert Mueller may just find themselves in front of a judge trying to wiggle their way out of a treason indictment.