The U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has finally released the secret FISA memo that has been the subject of scrutiny for weeks. President Trump signed off on its release this week and the committee just released it.
And all we can say is ‘wow.’ It’s worse than anyone, who had not read it, expected. The memo confirms that the FBI did indeed use the debunked Trump dossier in order to spy on Trump officials. The dossier was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. We also learned that the author of the memo, Christopher Steele, had a “personal vendetta” against then-candidate Donald Trump.
Here are some other highlights from the Washington Examiner:
“* The Steele dossier formed an essential part of the initial and all three renewal FISA applications against Carter Page.
“* Andrew McCabe confirmed that no FISA warrant would have been sought from the FISA Court without the Steele dossier information.
“* The political origins of the Steele dossier were known to senior DOJ and FBI officials, but excluded from the FISA applications.
“* DOJ official Bruce Ohr met with Steele beginning in the summer of 2016 and relayed to DOJ information about Steele’s bias. Steele told Ohr that he, Steele, was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected president and was passionate about him not becoming president.”
It’s easy to see why the FBI and the DOJ were opposed to releasing it. But it was not enough to stop it. Earlier in the week, Committee Chairman Devin Nunes issued this statement:
“Having stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year, it’s no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ issue spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance abuses at these agencies. The FBI is intimately familiar with ‘material omissions’ with respect to their presentations to both Congress and the courts, and they are welcome to make public, to the greatest extent possible, all the information they have on these abuses. Regardless, it’s clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an American political campaign. Once the truth gets out, we can begin taking steps to ensure our intelligence agencies and courts are never misused like this again.”
UPDATE: You can download the memo and read it for yourself here.