With last week’s release of the House Intelligence Committee’s “Nunes memo,” the American public finally got to lay their eyes on the flagrant FISA abuses of the Obama administration. Well, now that the memo is out and has been subjected to analysis, some under-reported gems are shaking out of the controversial document.
It’s apparent from even a casual read that the senior-most leadership of both the FBI and the Department of Justice misled the intelligence court about the origin of the Steele dossier. By mischaracterizing that document, the Obama administration was able to obtain surveillance warrants on U.S. citizens associated with the Trump campaign, and then later, the Trump transition team.
But what’s not so obvious? What can be gleamed from reading between the lines?
Check it out per The Hill:
“Then-Director James Comey signed three FISA applications in question on behalf of the FBI, and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one. Then- DAG (Deputy Attorney General) Sally Yates, then-Acting DAG Dana Boente, and DAG Rod Rosenstein each signed one or more FISA applications on behalf of DoJ,” the memo states.
The memo makes clear that from the get-go, the “essential” basis for making the application to the court to spy on American citizens was the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, and paid for in part by the Democratic National Committee.
It says that McCabe told the House Intelligence Committee in December that without the information from the Steele dossier, no surveillance warrant for Page would have been sought and, in September 2016, Steele admitted to deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr — another partisan Democrat — that he was “desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.”
Ohr “recorded” that information, which was subsequently found in official FBI files. But it was “not reflected in any of the Page FISA applications,” the memo states.
In other words, both the Department of Justice, then controlled by Loretta Lynch and her deputy, Sally Yates, and the FBI, then run by Comey and McCabe, apparently found it perfectly normal that the source of the information they used to justify “probable cause” to the Court was a dedicated political enemy of candidate Donald Trump.
This shows a pattern of behavior at the Department of Justice. This wasn’t just a one-time bending of the rule of law… This was a systematic, regular breaking of our country’s rules for political purposes.
The standard operating procedure of Obama and company was to do as they pleased, and conceal and obfuscate after the fact.
And Trump has been pointing out this fact since 2017…
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
When will Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd and @NBCNews start talking about the Obama SURVEILLANCE SCANDAL and stop with the Fake Trump/Russia story?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2017
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 6, 2017
What needs to happen going forward so that this never occurs again?
Where is Jeff Sessions on this?