There has been a lot of speculation about the how the FBI obtained the FISA warrants against the Trump campaign.
A recent report by Sean Hannity from Fox News about a letter by House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes suggests the FBI broke the law to obtain these warrants.
How They Broke the Law
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is meant to regulate exactly how approval can be obtained to get approval by the court for surveilling Americans.
The focus of this act is Americans who are unlawfully colluding with foreign governments.
Because of the very serious nature of these investigations, accuracy contained in the warrant request must be both accurate and detailed.
If we are to believe Mr. Nunes, this was far from the case when it came to the information the FBI used when it secured the FISA warrants in this case.
One of the main supporting documents in this probe was the now infamous Russian Dossier.
After private funding dried up for the dossier, the Democrats picked up and provided the funds so the work on the dossier could be completed.
There are several notable problems with this, though.
First, the document is now tied to political motivation, already bringing its authenticity into question.
Second, the dossier itself had already been publicly dismissed for containing unsubstantiated claims by then-FBI Director James Comey.
FBI guidelines specifically state, “Only documented and verified information may be used to support FBI applications to the court.”
That being said, it is quite apparent the FBI did not follow its own guidelines by using this dossier at all in obtaining the FISA warrants.
The FBI Claim
After the dossier started to come under scrutiny, the FBI and Democrats started to backpedal, stating this was not the only document used to obtain the warrants.
However, that is not the question.
The fact an unproven document was used at all would be considered a crime under these guidelines.
While Democrats weep for Comey and McCabe, the fact is both of them were involved in a process that not only violated their own guidelines, but also the law.
Now it is time to bring them both to justice!