Obama FISA Warrant Violations Debunked

For some reason the Right keeps trying to discredit the Russia/Trump investigation by trying to besmirch the FISA warrant. On Sunday, attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the DOJ will launch an investigation into allegations into abuse of power in  obtaining a FISA warrant in order to survey  foreign-policy advisor to Donald Trump‘s 2016 Presidential campaign, Carter Page. It’s very fair to mention that  from 1979 to 2004, “18,742 warrants were granted, while only four were rejected”. In other words, just because it was the Trump campaign, doesn’t mean that the FISC lowered their standards in regard to issuing warrants.

The FBI FISA Request Was NOT Solely Based on the Info In the Dossier!

The Nunes memo claims that in October 2016, the FBI improperly received court permission to spy on Mr. Page. The Nunes memo says the FBI based its request for eavesdropping permission on information provided by former British spy Christopher Steele while Steele was working for Democrats.

According to the Nunes memo, “the Papadopoulos information triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July of 2016”.

In Fusion GPS Co-Founder Glenn Simpson’s now public testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Simpson stated on numerous occasions that a lot of the information on Carter Page was a compelation of  “open sources and, you know, other methods, more public information Carter Page’s trip to Russia.”

Open sources such as in this YouTube clip from July 7th, 2016:

 

“He (Carter Page) was all over the news for this trip to Russia and we had done — there was a fair amount of open source on his consulting firm, his complaint that he’d lost money on Russian investments and he owned stock in Gazprom and he 16 was really mad about the sanctions and he went over there in this hastily-arranged trip to speak to this school and that was all pretty unusual, but there’s a lot of skepticism in the press about whether he could be linked between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign because he seemed like a zero, a lightweight.”

The Carter Page warrant was not an abuse of power, and further more FISA received bipartisan support for re-authorization.

Yes, The Obama Administration “Contemplated Hiding Russia Intel from Incoming Trump Administration”

Recently, Senator Chuck Grassly made public an email Ambassador Susan Rice sent to herself regarding an Oval Office meeting between President Obama, former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates regarding Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.

“President Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities ‘by the book’.  The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective.  He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book.” 

If anything, that confirms that the Obama Administration was being overtly cautious in trying not to interfere with the outcome of the election. If the incoming administration was in fact, compromised by Russia, it stands to reason that the outgoing president would need to know what information he could share with Trump to ensure a peaceful of power while protecting the integrity of the Russia investigation.

 

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