During a Wednesday appearance on Fox News, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) strongly suggested that the Federal Bureau of Investigation plays political favorites. “Here is the point,” Graham spelled out, “a counterintelligence investigation is designed to protect American institutions from infiltration.”
“I’m going to send a letter to Director Christopher Wray, next week, and ask him, what is the policy? Why didn’t you tell President Trump that you had concerns about Carter Page? Is there a double standard here?” Graham demands to know the reason behind the most recent liberal hypocrisy concerning why President Donald Trump didn’t get the same courtesy that Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca.) was provided.
“Apparently,” Graham explained, “about five years ago, the FBI told Dianne Feinstein, one of her employees may be an agent of the Chinese government. That was the right thing to do, and she fired him.”
“If this was a counterintelligence investigation, not a criminal investigation,” he insists, then “the FBI should have told President Trump” about their concerns surrounding George Papadopoulos, Carter Page, and Paul Manafort. “Why didn’t they do for Trump what they did for Feinstein?”
If the FBI were to discover someone in a sensitive position, “working for a political campaign or bank or any part of the government,” Graham notes, “the right thing for the FBI to do” is “inform the people in charge.”
You have to let the officials know “that this person you hired has got unsavory connections.”
That, Graham highlights, is “what they did for Feinstein.” The FBI did not do the same when it came to Manafort, Gates, and Papadopoulos. “Why did they ignore that?” Graham asks.
“If they did have a confidential informant, what did the informant learn about the Trump campaign in Russia? Apparently, nothing,” he adds. Senator Graham plans to mail his letter off to FBI Director Wray first thing next week.
“I’m saying, what the hell is going on at the FBI?”
Why “do you tell a democrat when they hire somebody connected to China,” he wants to know, but “when it comes to the Trump campaign, why didn’t they tell him about Papadopoulos or Carter Page?”
Graham also makes a point of noting, “at the end of the day” what did Carter page do wrong? “He is still walking around, a free man.” It could happen to anyone, he adds.
The low-level “Trump adviser” was the target of FBI wiretaps based almost entirely on unverified evidence from Christopher Steele’s infamous “dossier.” Emails and notes taken by Bruce Ohr reveal even more FBI deception was used after Steele was discredited.
By having agents “interview” Ohr, he was able to pass information from Steele to the FBI for use in the wiretap hearings without disclosing the original source of the material.
As the public is learning in recent days, instead of “collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government,” Page may have simply been “framed” by Christopher Steele and the FBI so that they could get a “foot in the door.”
Interviewer Harris Faulkner noted “Paul Manafort is on trial right now. Why didn’t the FBI discuss Paul Manafort with the Trump campaign in more detail.” Faulkner wonders “How far back we need to go?”
Faulkner queried the senator if he feels “like that needs more investigation right now?” “You better believe it,” Graham declared. Earlier he mentioned, “the FISA warrant came from a document prepared by somebody on the Democratic Party’s payroll.”
When it comes to collusion with Russians, the FBI didn’t seem to care about what was going on right under their noses.
Recently unclassified emails, reviewed by the Washington Examiner and others, reveal a strong connection between Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska and Bruce Ohr, who was the fourth-highest ranking official in the Department of Justice at the time.
In 2006, Russian aluminum mogul Deripaska was banned from travel to the U.S. because of his “alleged ties to organized crime.” He also is reputedly associated directly with Vladimir Putin.
Adam Waldman is reportedly “an American lobbyist Deripaska hired to improve his diplomatic status.”
Steele messaged that Deripaska “had been encouraged by the Agency guys who told Adam that the USG [United States Government] stance on [Deripaska] is softening.” Steele referred to it as “a positive development it seems.”
Steele later updated that Deripaska got his visa and asked Ohr to “monitor” the situation should any “complications arise.”
By the end of February, Steele suggested that Deripaska might be helpful to the FBI. He also is reported to have assured Ohr that Deripaska had his personal seal of approval.
Steele’s “reporting” suggested that Deripaska wasn’t a “tool” of the Kremlin. “We reckon therefore that the forthcoming contact represents a good opportunity for the USG.”
When FBI Director Christopher Wray took the witness stand in front of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this past February, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ar.) asked him, “Do you know if Christopher Steele worked for Oleg Deripaska?”
“That’s not something I can answer,” Wray answered. “there might be more” that he could say, but only in a classified setting.
As The Daily Caller notes, If true, “Steele’s support for Deripaska would seem to undercut one of Trump critic’s theories about possible collusion, that Deripaska conspired with Paul Manafort.”
Graham was recently privileged to play a round of golf with President Trump. He related how frustrated the President is that the witch hunt of an inquisition is dragging along.
“He thinks he did nothing wrong, and you know, he makes a good point,” Graham asserts. “Look at what they did with a Clinton email investigation.”
“The FBI agent in charge of the Clinton email investigation hated Trump.” The FBI, he relates, treated Clinton like “nothing’s happened.”