According to recent evidence, the FBI used anti-Trump media contacts, reports and outlets as “evidence” to build the case under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to obtain three spy warrants against Carter Page, a brief Trump campaign aide accused of being a Russian asset. According to The Washington Times, the FBI also appears to have lied to the secret court about how big of a role the dossier played in the bureau opening the Russia investigation into President Donald Trump.
These two bombshell revelations were detailed in the FISA application released on Saturday by the Department of Justice after Judicial Watch won a lawsuit to have the application made public. Had the FBI spied on a Democrat campaign, many would agree that there would be endless outrage from the media.
However, Carter Page has not been charged with a single crime since the FBI opened its investigation nearly two years ago, so why did the secret court approve three warrants to spy on the Trump campaign?
The redacted version of the FBI’s three applications to obtain spy warrants on Page shows the bureau heavily relied on anti-Trump reporters to spread the unverified dossier and run countless reports speculating that Trump was colluding with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
Between Oct. 2016 and Sept. 2017, the FBI submitted the warrants for surveillance on Page, telling the secret court that the former Trump aide was an illegal foreign agent working with Russia.
Page has denied the claim and has not been charged with a single crime, despite the FBI probing and spying on him for more than a year and a half.
The FISA memo details how the FBI admitted it spoke with a slew of reporters about the dossier, and then used their reports to build the “collusion” case.
As detailed by Conservative Daily Post, Fusion GPS hired former British spy Christopher Steele to compile the dossier. Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid Fusion more than $9 million to fund Steele’s anti-Trump operation.
When the reporters published pieces on the dossier, they were doing so with top information from the FBI, the Times reports.
Essentially, it appears the FBI was feeding information to anti-Trump reporters, and then using those same media reports to justify their case to spy on Page to the FISA court. And, unsurprising to many, the reporters never once stopped to ask questions about this salacious process because they were being fed big time stories and information.
This operation laid the foundation for the Russia investigation, and paved the way for the special counsel to appointed. Since this operation began two years ago, not a shred of evidence has been presented showing that Trump broke any laws or colluding with Russia.
And, not a single charge has been brought against Page despite being spied on for nearly a year.
The FISA applications shine a big light on how the FBI fed information to the media so they could bulk their reports, and then used those same reports to obtain numerous spy warrants against the Trump campaign.