Reps Demand FISA Application Be Released

PUBLISHED: 12:52 AM 6 Feb 2018

Bipartisan Demand Application, Reps Want To See Where Surveillance Began

Now that the memo has been released, they want to see the application for the surveillance of Trump and associates.

Himes feels that "What Americans would see" if they got their hands on the application is "dozens and dozens of pages citing all sorts of facts."

After the release of Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-Calif.) memo, detailing the politicization of the Justice Department, House watchdog committee members say it’s time to release the FISA application too.

On Sunday, two members of the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) and Jim Himes (D-Conn.) appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“I would certainly support that release because then the American people would see how comprehensive the FISA application process is rather than the way it’s being characterized as secret, dark, behind closed doors,” Himes offered.

The pair recommended letting the public get a good look at the actual application for a wiretap warrant. It shows all the information that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act judge used to allow tapping Team Trump.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s witch hunt into alleged Russian collusion with President Trump evolved out of surveillance that was only authorized because of baseless rumors cobbled together by Christopher Steele.

Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) was present at FBI Director Christopher Wray’s Intelligence Committee “grilling.” From what Wray revealed, the Ohio Congressman came to some startling conclusions.

Every word was bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party itself. They used cutout lawyers and a Clinton crony, Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, to orchestrate the smear campaign.

Jordan was able to figure out “that the Clinton campaign, through its law firm, had retained the research firm Fusion GPS and former British spy Christopher Steele to compile a ‘dossier’ filled with fake news, National Enquirer garbage.”

This, Jordan insists, “was then all dressed up by the FBI, taken to the FISA Court, and presented as a legitimate intelligence document.” Without verifying any of it, the bizarre and scandalous file entries were used as solid evidence to the court.

Reports have surfaced that when Steele was on his fishing trip to Russia, Soviet-era intelligence officials made a game of feeding him more and more outlandish tales, just to see what whoppers he would believe.

Steele didn’t need to believe any of it. As long as he brought home some juicy red meat for his political benefactors he got to cash some huge paychecks.

Under Simpson’s orders, Steele peddled the salacious information both to the press, and the FBI, who briefly made him a paid informant until they found out he was playing both ends against the middle by leaking the same information to reporters.

Republicans have been clamoring for all the details they can get but Connecticut Democrat Himes is also surprisingly in favor of releasing the FISA application.

Himes wants it made public but only “if it could be redacted in such a way as to not be damaging.” He cautions that wild speculation without evidence is an even worse threat to the Democrat’s agenda at this point.

“A problem with the process is that conclusions and allegations are being drawn based off the application,” Himes notes. The only problem with that, Himes points out, is that Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) are the only ones who have seen it.

Himes feels that “What Americans would see” if they got their hands on the application is “dozens and dozens of pages citing all sorts of facts.”

It would be helpful because “you would see a very comprehensive project that gets put together by 10, 12 people at the FBI, then presented to a federal judge,”

Congressman Wenstrup wants the application for a different reason. “We want to have our eyes on more,” the Republican from Ohio notes, referring to weekly briefs the intelligence committee currently receives on the application.

“Open it up. This is what I keep talking about. Let’s shed light on what’s going on with the agencies that the taxpayers pay for.”

The 1978 FISA law created a special court where law-enforcement agencies go when they want a surveillance warrant.

According to the Nunes memo, the FBI took out a warrant against Carter Page who briefly served as President Trump’s campaign adviser. They subsequently renewed it when it was due to expire.

Republican lawmaker Will Hurd (R-Texas) turned up on the ABC show “This Week,” to talk about the memo. He disagrees with liberal Democrats who see Nunes’ effort as an attack, on both Robert Mueller and the FBI rank and file investigators.

“Should unverified information be able to be used to spy on an American,” is what the issue is about, the Intelligence Committee member explains.

He doesn’t think the memo goes as far as vindicating President Trump in the Russia investigation but that isn’t the reason the memo is so important. What matters is that the FBI and Department of Justice were hijacked by Hillary Clinton supporters to do her bidding from inside the castle walls.