A criminal investigation has been launched into an FBI official who may be guilty of “altering” a document that was used in the warrant application to obtain a surveillance warrant to be used on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page during the 2016 election.
This information was uncovered by General Michael Horowitz’s probe into the Trump-Russia investigation.
Back in October of 2016, the FBI was granted a FISA warrant to surveil all of Page’s communications including his stored emails and texts.
In order to get this warrant, the FBI had to convince a judge that there was probable cause that Page was a foreign agent. Even though Page was never charged with a crime, the 90-day warrant was renewed three times.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) November 22, 2019
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It’s unclear which FBI official is under criminal investigation for allegedly tampering with documents in the warrant application.
The name of the supervisor special agent or agents who submitted sworn statements to support the FISA application and renewals was redacted when the applications were publicly released.
Former FBI director James Comey signed off on the FBI evidence in the applications prior to being fired by President Donald Trump in May 2017.
Former FBI Deputy Director Andy McCabe signed off on the subsequent renewals.
The alleged FBI document tampering is expected to be addressed in Horowitz’s IG report, which is undergoing final classification review
In a letter sent on Thursday to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, Horowitz said he expected his office to be able to release the report on December 9 ‘barring unforeseen circumstances.’
Attorney General Bill Barr has pledged to make the report public with only the redactions needed to protect classified national security interests.
The report is expected to examine how closely the FBI stuck to the law and rules when it went to a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court beginning in 2016 to obtain authorization to conduct electronic monitoring of Page.
The report will also examine how British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s ‘dirty dossier’ became key FBI evidence, including in the Page FISA application.
Steele was questioned at length last summer by representatives of the Inspector General’s office in connection with the forthcoming report.
Page, a one-time foreign policy adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign, recently sued the Justice Department, accusing it of violating his privacy by failing to give him an opportunity to examine the report before publication.
Durham, the chief federal prosecutor in Connecticut, is conducting a review of whether U.S. spy and law enforcement agencies acted properly when they initiated and pursued investigations of possible ties between Trump and his campaign and Russia.
A person familiar with the matter confirmed in late October that Durham’s inquiry had become a criminal investigation.
President Trump has made no secret that he believes he was illegally spied on. He took to Twitter to let the world know about it.
My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2019
More and more information comes out that makes it obvious that the Trump campaign was spied on. Sooner or later there need to be arrests and people need to pay the price for their actions.