What Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) learned in the closed-door interrogation of Special Agent Jonathan Moffa was “unreal,” he tweeted Monday evening. “We’ve learned NEW information suggesting our suspicions are true: FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the press, and then used those same press stories as a separate source to justify FISA’s. Unreal.”
There it is. Christopher Steele’s unconfirmed dirty dossier wasn’t good enough on its own to get a wiretap warrant against Carter Page. To get around that, The FBI and the DOJ teamed up to leak dossier fantasies to the press, then used the planted articles to “prove” the dossier claims. Can anyone say “weaponization?”
They also didn’t tell the court that the Democrats paid for the dossier or that the reporters got all their information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They did it again three more times to renew the warrant.
The dossier, backed by the “fake news” stories, told the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court that “Page met secretly with Kremlin insiders during a July 2016 trip to Moscow.”
Steele described Page as “the Trump campaign’s conduit to the Russian government for purposes of collusion.” In reality, Page was a low-level nobody. He did travel to Russia but had a warning from former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski that he was just a tourist.
Politico notes that “Lewandowski stressed” to Page, “if you’re going to travel, please do not pretend to be a part of the campaign and say that you are part of the campaign, because you are not.”
In FISA applications, the FBI quoted a Sept. 23, 2016, Yahoo! News story “that relied heavily on Steele as a source,” Daily Caller relates. “The FBI did not acknowledge that Steele was a source for the article, which was written by Michael Isikoff.”
To many Americans, this seems to be a clear case of lying under oath to the FISA court. It should be perjury, if Attorney General Jeff Sessions ever decides to prosecute.
Rep. Meadows is a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He didn’t name Moffa in his tweet, but his committee grilled the agent in a confidential session on Friday. Independent sources confirm that Moffa is the source mentioned in the tweet.
“He more or less admitted” that the FBI and Department of Justice “have previously leaked info to the press and then used stories from the press as justifications for FISA warrants,” an unnamed source “who took part in Moffa’s interview” told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Special Agent Moffa reportedly “worked closely on the Clinton email investigation,” right beside Peter Strzok who was deputy chief of the bureau’s counterintelligence unit at the time.
After Hillary Clinton walked free, “Strzok would go on to oversee the FBI’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.”
DCNF reports that yet another source familiar with Moffa’s testimony informed them that earlier in August, classified testimony revealed that the bureau “has used leaked news stories as justifications to obtain surveillance warrants against American citizens.”
That sounds like it could be one of the “forthcoming” things that Former DOJ attorney Lisa Page is reported to have disclosed. Her emails back and forth with special agent Peter Strzok were a big reason she was on the stand under hot lights.
John Ratcliff, (R-Texas) summed up the impression most of the lawmakers had after her testimony. He was happy to hear Page give “plausible answers and explanations” in contrast to Strzok’s smug blanket denials.
After one leak, Strzok texted, “Just a tiny bit from us.” Page had seen it. It made her feel better about the way they had stabbed someone in the back for another story. “Makes me feel WAY less bad about throwing him under the bus to the forthcoming CF article.”
When the “CF” Clinton Foundation story came out, they kicked around the best way to “discover” it for sharing with their co-workers. “Article is out, but hidden behind a paywall so can’t read it,” Page tapped out on Oct. 24, 2016.”
Strzok was impressed with the Wall Street Journal’s prompt attention. “Wsj? Boy that was fast. Should I ‘find’ it and tell the team?”
When Washington Post quoted them as “Justice Department attorneys and FBI officials” in a story, they nearly got caught. Page got a call from the FBI chief of staff, James Rybicki. “Sorry, Rybicki called. Time line article in the post (sic) is super specific and not good. Doesn’t make sense because I didn’t have specific information to give.”
Word around the water cooler is now we know why Lanny Davis lied to the media about the trump Jr. meeting. He fed a story to CNN then when he got caught at it, he changed his tune.
Based on what Davis told CNN, they reported that “Cohen privately said President Trump had advance knowledge of the infamous Trump Tower meeting between his son and Russians,” Buzzfeed notes. That has since been “debunked.”
Lisa Page and Peter Strzok admitted in text messages that they fed reporters specific information about the Clinton investigation. The FBI planted stories to self-support the things they were telling the FISA court. They had help from “Clinton Mob lawyer” Lanny Davis to plant lies in the press used to justify grand inquisitor Robert Mueller’s ongoing witch hunt into Russian Collusion.
Putting it all together makes it seem like the Trump hating media, the Federal Bureau of “Instigation,” and the Department of “Injustice” were all standing around in a big circle, patting themselves on the back, only a little further below the waist.