Yesterday, John Ratcliffe told Fox News that the FBI ‘withheld evidence that ‘directly’ contradicted its reasons for opening the Trump investigation and getting warrants from the Federal Surveillance (FISA) court.
The FBI’s ‘witch hunt’ into Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia used intelligence from the Australian government about young Trump aide George Papadopoulos. However, Ratcliffe says that the Justice Department and the FBI had additional information that contradicted it, but refused to provide it to the court.
In fact, many people recognize that this is simply another drop in the bucket, proving that the Obama FBI and Justice Department were weaponized to interfere against a political candidate.
According the Ratcliffe, the “FBI failed to provide federal judges on the surveillance court with information that undercut the government’s premise for opening the Trump-Russia probe in 2016,” during an interview.
The GOP Representative explained that the FBI opened its investigation on July 31, 2016, after receiving information about a conversation that Papadopoulos allegedly had on May 10, 2016, with Alexander Downer, the top Australian diplomat.
“Downer claimed that Papadopoulos told him that Russians had derogatory information on Hillary Clinton.”
However, Radcliffe, who is a top member of the House Judiciary Committee, said that both the FBI and Justice Department had information that contradicted its intelligence on Papadopoulos.
“Hypothetically, if the Department of Justice and the FBI have another piece of evidence that directly refutes that, that directly contradicts that, what you would expect is for the Department of Justice to present both sides of the coin to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to evaluate the weight and sufficiency of that evidence,” Ratcliffe stated.
“Instead, what happened here was Department of Justice and FBI officials in the Obama administration in October of 2016 only presented to the court the evidence that made the government’s case to get a warrant to spy on a Trump campaign associate,” he said.
The FBI obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against Carter Page on October 21, 2016. According to reports, that application relied heavily on the uncorroborated Steele dossier, claiming that Page was acting as a foreign agent of Russia.
Page has denied the allegations.
The FISA applications also included Papadopoulos, “but the documents are so heavily redacted that it is not clear why he is mentioned.”
Ratcliffe asserted that declassification of FBI and Justice Department documents “would corroborate” his claims.
Republicans and others have asked President Trump to declassify documents, including 21 pages from a June 2016 FISA application against Page. Devin Nunes has also asserted the FBI failed to provide “exculpatory evidence” in the FISA applications.
Trump was ridiculed in the leftist media for claiming that his campaign was being wire-tapped by the Obama administration, but his claims were proven true. Now, according to key personnel, the way the wire taps were obtained is now in question.
The President ordered the documents declassified on September 17, but he rescinded it a few days later, saying the Justice Department and two foreign allies had requested he keep them secret.
“My opinion is that declassifying them would not expose any national security information, would not expose any sources and methods,” Ratcliffe said, adding, “It would expose certain folks at the Obama Justice Department and FBI and their actions taken to conceal material facts from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.”
Many people agree that it is way past time for the so-called Russian collusion investigation to end, and that the people responsible for fabricating and withholding evidence should be prosecuted.