It has been reported by Western Journal that South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham stated on Saturday that if he wins the seat as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman (as expected) he will “get to the bottom” of the FISA abuse scandal involving the FBI.
(In case you haven’t been following this story, the main question is whether or not the bureau misled the federal surveillance court in order to get their hands on warrants that would allow them to spy on then-adviser to the Trump campaign, Carter Page.)
“In my view the process used to obtain a FISA warrant — and its multiple renewals — against Carter Page should disturb every American,” Graham wrote in a tweet.
“I intend to get to the bottom of what happened if I am Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee,” he continued.
Western Journal writes:
Graham, who is the favorite to replace Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley as chairman of the all-powerful Judiciary panel, was responding to a statement that former FBI Director James Comey issued Friday after leaving a closed-door deposition before two House committees investigating possible FISA abuse.
The disgraced former FBI Director stated after the conclusion of his closed-door interview, “I have total confidence that the FISA process was followed and that the entire case was handled in a thoughtful, responsible way by DOJ and the FBI. I think the notion that FISA was abused here is nonsense.”
The FBI and the DOJ have been accused numerous times by Republicans of misleading the FISA court judges when they continually used the infamous (and unverified) Trump “dossier” to obtain four different warrants, allowing them to spy on Carter Page. Republicans maintain that the dossier had been unverified at the time that the FBI cited it over and over again in the FISA warrant applications. They also insist that the FBI failed to disclose the fact that the dossier had been funded by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign… a little fishy, eh?
The writer of the dossier was a former British spy named Christopher Steele, who accused the Trump camp of working alongside the Russian Kremlin in order to influence the outcome of the 2016 United States presidential election. Carter Page’s name pops up multiple times in the 35-page “dossier,” but Western Journal explains that Page has repeatedly and “vehemently” denied all the allegations.
“I look forward to having an in-depth discussion with former FBI Director Comey about his assertion that challenges against the FISA warrant process — based on the Steele dossier — are ‘nonsense,’” Senator Graham wrote on Twitter this past Saturday in response to James Comey’s statement.
Western Journal reports:
House Republicans, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and several members of the Judiciary and Oversight Committees, have led the push to investigate the FBI and Justice Department over their handling of the dossier and the FISA applications.
GOP senators have mostly laid low, with the exception of Graham and Grassley. The pair submitted a criminal referral to the Justice Department on Jan. 5 calling for an investigation into whether Steele lied to the FBI about his contacts with the media.
Steele, a former MI6 officer, met with numerous reporters in September and October 2016 to discuss his investigation into Trump. Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that hired Steele, helped arrange the briefings.
There was one point when Steele directly told the FBI that he had not been in contact with journalists. The FBI stopped working with Steele on November 1, 2016 when he was outed as a source for an article published by Mother Jones just a day prior.
On Thursday, California Republican Devin Nunes fought for the declassification of an email chain that he feels will prove that officials from the FBI and DOJ were bringing up important questions regarding the “dossier” prior to the FBI submitting their very first FISA application against Carter Page. James Comey was included in the email chain. The chain also showed that government officials knew about Steele’s contact with the media.
Nunes appeared on Fox News, claiming that the email chain proves that the FBI and the Justice Department were well aware of just how “really bad and nefarious” Steele’s activity and the activity of his associates really was.