As the Great Russian Ruse continues, more information is surfacing about how the FBI was able to obtain a FISA warrant for President Trump and members of his campaign, and it doesn’t appear to be on the up-and-up.
The media and Democrats alike have used the fact that a FISA warrant was issued for the Trump campaign as “evidence” of wrongdoing by the campaign’s members. However, upon learning what the FBI used to convince the court to sign off on the warrant, it’s evident that they didn’t have much of a case at all against the new president.
In fact, knowing that the bogus dossier on Trump’s alleged ties to Russia was the key piece of evidence the FBI used to obtain the warrant makes one seriously question what it was the agency was after. Yes, you read that right; the so-called “Russian Dossier,” which was filled with outrageous accusations and later proven to be a fraud, was what the FBI presented to convince the FISA judges to side with them.
The FBI last year used a dossier of allegations of Russian ties to Donald Trump’s campaign as part of the justification to win approval to secretly monitor a Trump associate, according to US officials briefed on the investigation.
The dossier has also been cited by FBI Director James Comey in some of his briefings to members of Congress in recent weeks, as one of the sources of information the bureau has used to bolster its investigation, according to US officials briefed on the probe.
This includes approval from the secret court that oversees the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to monitor the communications of Carter Page, two of the officials said. Last year, Page was identified by the Trump campaign as an adviser on national security.
For those unaware, the dossier in question was actually created by Trump’s opposition to take him out during the campaign. In other words, it was a politically-motivated smear file filled with baseless allegations and completely outrageous claims.
That’s what the FBI used in the FISA court.
From Forbes [emphasis mine]:
A former British intelligence officer, who is now a director of a London private security-and-investigations firm, has been identified as the author of the dossier of unverified allegations about President-elect Donald Trump’s activities and connections in Russia, according to the Wall Street Journal. A Christopher Steele, a director of London-based private intelligence company, Orbis, purportedly prepared the dossier under contract to both Republican and Democratic adversaries of then-candidate Trump. The poor grammar and shaky spelling plus the author’s use of KGB-style intelligence reporting, however, do not fit the image of a high-end London security company run by highly connected former British intelligence figures.
The PDF file of the 30-page typewritten report alleges that high Kremlin officials colluded with Trump, offered him multi-billion dollar bribes, and accumulated compromising evidence of Trump’s sexual escapades in Russia. That the dossier comes from former British intelligence officers appears, at first glance, to give it weight especially with Orbis’ claim of a “global network.” The U.S. intelligence community purportedly has examined the allegations but have not confirmed any of them. We can wait till hell freezes over. The material is not verifiable.
President-elect Trump has dismissed the dossier’s contents as false as has the Kremlin. Trump is right: The Orbis dossier is fake news.
But that “fake news” was used to obtain a very real FISA warrant allowing the FBI to spy on then-candidate Trump and his team, which begs the question; what was the FBI’s motivation?
Considering there’s yet to be a shred of verifiable evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians, and former Obama officials have openly bragged about spying on the new president’s campaign, it’s becoming abundantly clear that the wiretapping of Trump and his team wasn’t done for any other reason than politics, which should scare the living daylights out of every honest American.