It has been reported that Republican Senator Lindsey Graham is pushing to reveal the truth to Americans regarding what happened in order for the FBI to successfully get a FISA warrant to spy on President Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign.
The Daily Caller reported that Graham “rebooted” the effort to investigate the fictitious dossier “authored by former British spy Christopher Steele and funded by Democrats” which was used by the FBI in order to obtain the FISA warrant.
“The FBI relied heavily on Steele’s report to obtain four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page,” the Daily Caller reported.
The news foundation continued on to say, “Republicans investigated whether the FBI misled the FISA court by relying on the dossier even though its allegations about Page were unverified. They also asserted the FBI failed to tell surveillance court judges that Steele was working on behalf of the DNC and Clinton campaign on an investigation of Donald Trump.”
Attorney General William Barr sent a letter stating that the South Carolina Republican Senator requested all documents be handed over by the FBI and DOJ having to do with their attempts to verify the dossier.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reports: Graham also indicated in the letter that he is investigating the FBI’s decision to open up investigations of Trump campaign associates in 2016.
He said the Judiciary Committee is concerned vetting proper vetting procedures and the full presentation of facts to the FISA Court “may not have occurred with regard to the applications for FISA warrants for (and the opening of the underlying investigation on) Carter Page and other individuals associated with the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.”
The FBI formally opened counterintelligence investigations on four campaign associates on July 31, 2016. The first FISA against Page was granted Oct. 21, 2016.
The Daily Caller went on to report that Graham is asking for all documents that were given to “the Gang of Eight” in May of 2018 that had to do with the Russia investigation. The South Carolina Republican is also seeking the “Woods File,” which is said to include material that was used to verify allegations included in FISA applications against Carter Page.
According to the dossier, Page was responsible for the alleged connection to the Kremlin. The Daily Caller reports that “he is also accused of coming up with the idea of providing stolen DNC emails to WikiLeaks and of meeting with two Kremlin insiders during a trip to Moscow July 2016.”
Time and time again, Page has denied the allegations against him, even testifying to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Grand Jury, however he has not yet been charged.
The Washington Examiner reports: “[T]he Committee is concerned that the Woods procedures and a full presentment of material and relevant facts may not have occurred with regard to the applications for FISA warrants for (and the opening of the underlying investigations on) Carter Page and other individuals associated with the presidential campaign of Donald Trump,” Graham wrote.
Enacted in 2001, the Woods Procedures were intended to protect U.S. citizens from improper surveillance by the government, seeking to “ensure accuracy with regard to the facts supporting probable cause.”
Graham expressed optimism in Barr during the confirmation process after meeting with him, saying in January, “I’m going to do a deep dive into the FISA issue, I think he’ll be part of it.”
The Examiner reports that the letter also targets FBI “302” interview reports conducted with Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr. Ohr has been found to have been Steele’s contact with the FBI in handing over his own research.
The Examiner explains, “Rounding out Graham’s nine-point list is a push for records about any defensive briefings offered and given to 2016 Presidential candidates as well as documents shared with the “Gang of Eight” in May 2018 related to the Federal Russia investigation.”