Following a report on a chain of emails between FBI officials regarding FISAapplications for a Trump associate that may contain “the most damning evidence to date of potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA),” President Trump brought up alleged FISA abuse in a series of tweets late Thursday.
On Wednesday, The Hill’s John Solomon reported on emails recently requested for declassification by House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) that sources say could prove to be the smoking gun on FISA abuse by high-ranking FBI officials under Obama.
“The email exchanges included then-FBI Director James Comey, key FBI investigators in the Russia probe and lawyers in the DOJ’s national security division, and they occurred in early to mid-October, before the FBI successfully secured a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page,” Solomon reports. “The email exchanges show the FBI was aware — before it secured the now-infamous warrant — that there were intelligence community concerns about the reliability of the main evidence used to support it: the Christopher Steele dossier. The exchanges also indicate FBI officials were aware that Steele, the former MI6 British intelligence operative then working as a confidential human source for the bureau, had contacts with news media reporters before the FISA warrant was secured.”
Trish_Regan: “Did the FBI follow protocol to obtain the FISA warrant? I don’t think so. The Dossier was opposition research funded by opponents. Don’t use Government resources to take down political foes. Weaponizing Government for gain.” Is this really America? Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018
Solomon’s report has gained traction, including with Fox News, with Sean Hannity in particular promoting the report and inviting Solomon on his radio show Thursday to discuss the story. – READ MORE