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    DOJ Inspector General Gives AG Barr Draft on Alleged FISA Abuses

    DOJ Inspector General Gives AG Barr Draft on Alleged FISA Abuses

    The investigated how agents used the Christopher Steele dossier to obtain a FISA warrant for Carter Page in October 2016.

    The Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz presented a draft of alleged FISA abuses during the Russia investigation to Attorney General William Barr.

    From Fox News:

    “We have now begun the process of finalizing our report by providing a draft of our factual findings to the department and the FBI for classification determination and marking,” Michael Horowitz wrote in a Friday letter to several House and Senate committees. “This step is consistent with our process for reports such as this one that involve classified material.”

    Barr has received the draft report from Horowitz and will begin the process of reviewing it, according to a source familiar with the situation. The inspector general said his team has “reviewed over one million records and conducted over 100 interviews, including several of witnesses who only recently agreed to be interviewed.”

    Horowitz and his team have investigated how agents used the Christopher Steele dossier to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant for former aide to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump Carter Page in October 2016. The agents also asked for three renewals.

    The team wants to know why the FBI felt it could use the dossier as “a credible source, and why the bureau seemed to use news reports to bolster Steele’s credibility.”

    Back in August 2018, sources told The Daily Caller that FBI Special Agent Jonathan Moffa admitted in his House testimony that the agency would leak stories to the press and used those stories to obtain FISA warrants.

    From The Daily Caller:

    During a closed-door interview with the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees on Friday, Special Agent Jonathan Moffa told congressional investigators that the FBI and Justice Department have leaked stories to the press and then used them to obtain warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

    “He more or less admitted that the FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the press and then used stories from the press as justifications for FISA warrants,” a source who took part in Moffa’s interview told TheDCNF.

    A source, unknown if it’s the same as the one with the Daily Caller, told Fox News the same information. This source told the network the agency has used this “practice in the past,” but also said “that Moffa did not specifically confirm the practice of using leaked information to bolster warrant applications was employed with regard to the dossier.”


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    People have to understand exactly what this is and is not. This is not a simple case of a few senior government officials conspiring, after the fact, to obstruct an investigation into a burglary of the campaign offices of a political candidate. This is not a simple case of a President getting caught committing perjury in a court case. What it is is the systematic use of official government assets by a sitting administration to spy on opponents, to protect allies and to attempt to unseat a legally elected President. And, it encompasses the entire upper echelon of that administration, up to and including the POTUS, as well as foreign governments and intelligence assets. Things like this bring down nations. This is the US equivalent of the French Revolution. If it ever gets started, the heads of the powerful will roll.

    To make matters worse, the powers that be [PTB] are deeply entrenched and have no intention of giving up their power. They will use any means necessary to maintain that power. They have access to vast wealth and incriminating evidence of personal peccadilloes. They have access to political thugs. And, they will use them all.

    What we are seeing is members of the government walking a tight rope between delivering the justice which a significant portion of the American people are demanding and sparking a civil war which could destroy this country. What will eventually occur is unknown. Barr, et al, are in their positions to control the dissemination of information and control criminal prosecution. The last thing that they can afford is another John Dean. So, deals will likely be made and prosecutions limited to a select few for minor crimes.

    But, still, the entrenched PTB are gearing up to use the forces of government against those might oppose their interests. The increased calls for gun control and red flag laws are just the tip of the iceberg. And, we have over a year till the next Presidential election.

      Barry in reply to Mac45. | September 14, 2019 at 4:54 pm

      I think you stated it well.
      The trick is to punish the guilty without destroying the country.
      Not punishing the guilty will destroy any respect left.

      CDR D in reply to Mac45. | September 14, 2019 at 5:40 pm

      IOW, there will be just enough done, sacrificial lambs embarrassed and wrist slapped so to speak, to keep the plebs under control, and continue the façade of a constitutional republic ala Rome in the 1st Century BCE. I hope the people don’t fall for it.

    Wasn’t it in massaging DRAFT FBI reports through Comey that Hillary’s email crimes went from negligence (chargeable) to carelessness (shame on you)?

    I’d so much rather see this report on FISA abuse issued by the team as a FINAL rather than float drafts through Barr / DOJ higher-ups – unless the difference between DRAFT and FINAL only has to do with security classification.

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