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Obama FISA Abuse Is a Massive Scandal

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Senator Ted Cruz Gets the FBI IG to acknowledge the FBI lied to the FISA COURTS

Senator Blumenthal can't get FBI IG to agree the FISA findings on Carter Page were useful.

 

Obama FISA Abuse Is a Massive Scandal

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By DAVID HARSANYI

December 12, 2019 11:07 AM

 

All of it was to keep open a “low threshold” counterintelligence investigation into the opposition party’s political campaign during an election.

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Perhaps if Democrats would momentarily shelve their obsession with Donald Trump, they’d comprehend the staggering abuse of power they’re defending these days.

 

Because much of Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing with DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz was jaw-dropping. Horowitz’s testimony, in fact, sounded little like the media depiction of the IG report only the day before. Most major outlets had stressed that the IG had found no bias in the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. But failing to uncover explicit instances of bias and exonerating the FBI aren’t the same thing.

 

 

Worse, most of the media had buried the lede. An honest headline would have read something like: “Obama’s FBI cooked up evidence to keep rickety investigation into Trump campaign going.”

 

From yesterday’s hearing:

 

Senator Ted Cruz: “A lawyer at the FBI creates fraudulent evidence, alters an email that is in turn used as the basis for a sworn statement to the court that the court relies on. Am I stating that accurately?”

 

Horowitz: “That’s correct.”

 

This isn’t a matter of “sloppiness,” as so many of the FBI’s defenders had insisted. A lawyer for the nation’s top law-enforcement agency, run by the Obama administration, concocted evidence and modified emails to use in warrant application, which was the “basis” of a sworn statement in court. All of it to keep open, during an election season, a “low threshold” counterintelligence investigation into the opposition party’s political campaign.

 

A person would need to suspend his disbelief to believe that a government lawyer would risk fabricating this kind evidence in such a sensitive case without any partisan intent. By any standard, though, it is corruption. As I noted in my piece yesterday, the FBI misled a FISA court that already hands out warrants at a 99.8 percent rate — in a case against Trump that Americans were assured was an absolute no-brainer.

 

Who oversaw the process? How many people saw these warrants? According to Horowitz, “managers and supervisors in the Crossfire Hurricane chain of command, including FBI senior officials who were briefed as the investigation progressed” all knew what was going on. No one said a word.

 

A flailing Senator Richard Blumenthal, forgetting the most vital rule of lawyering, tried to induce Horowitz to admit that warrants allowing the FBI to spy on one-time Trump aide Carter Page had actually yielded useful information:

 

Senator Blumenthal: “[FISAs] are renewed because they are producing useful information, correct?”

 

IG: “Or they should be producing useful information.”

 

Blumenthal: ”. . . they were producing useful information, correct?”

 

IG: “I’m not sure that’s entirely correct.”

 

What Horowitz did tell the Senate was that FISA warrants relied “entirely” on useless information found in the fictitious Steele dossier — a document that not only allegedly featured intelligence gleaned from foreign powers, but one that was paid for by the same political party running the DOJ and running against Trump. We know it yielded no beneficial information, because Crossfire Hurricane generated a total of zero convictions for criminal conspiracy between Trump’s 2016 campaign and dreaded Russians.

 

What the case has done is create an array of dangerous precedents. What, for instance, stops Republicans from cobbling together their own salacious “dossier,” sending it to friends in the executive branch and law enforcement, using it to obtain FISA warrants, leaking it to a compliant media, all while propelling an investigation that smears a bunch of their adversaries for political reasons?

 

Faith in the FBI?

 

Obama administration defenders such as Michael McFaul tell us that “Americans, not just Democrats, should be thankful that partisanship does not influence the FBI’s work.” Pardon my skepticism, but this was a case that featured FBI lawyers manufacturing evidence to spy on a political campaign. It featured FBI agents promising to “stop” the president. It featured top FBI leadership, the same people who have been lecturing us about patriotism and loyalty, lying to the American people.

 

Why didn’t CNN contributor Andrew McCabe — who “handpicked” the agents involved in crafting the FISA warrants before being fired from the FBI for misconduct — ever speak up about these abuses? In 2018, the former head of the FBI James Comey, said: “I have total confidence that the FISA process was followed and that the entire case was handled in a thoughtful, responsible way. . . . I think the notion that FISA was abused here is nonsense.” Was he lying?

 

Now if your argument is that FISA abuse such as this goes on all the time . . . well, that too is a huge scandal for the Obama administration and the FBI. Hopefully the Republicans will change their position on surveillance powers. Whether they do or do not, however, does not mitigate the harm of this scandal.

 

The institutional media? It treated anyone who cautioned about FISA abuse or the misuse of the dossier as conspiracy theorists. It has lost all credibility on the issue. It’s going to be impossible for them to walk back three years of misplaced journalistic certitude to honestly assess this scandal. But I have no doubt that if a Republican administration had snooped on a Democratic-party candidate utilizing fabricated evidence and a fantastical opposition file — put together by a one-time foreign agent, no less — it would be treated as one of the biggest political scandals of the era. For good reason.

 

 

DAVID HARSANYI is a senior writer for National Review and the author of First Freedom:

A Ride through America’s Enduring History with the Gun.  @davidharsanyi

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The dossier was not used to initiate a spying operation. The operation had already been in existence. The people running the operation wanted to have some sort of legal cover. They wanted a judge to have given the approval of the operation should it ever be revealed. So they grabbed what was an already debunked dossier, prettied it up a little by altering some facts, presented it to the court and got their warrants. This they figured would save them should the spying operation ever be discovered. The dossier came after the spying operation, not the other way around.

 

You might remember hearing stories back around the time Obama was running for re election that he had been spying on folks. He spied on congressional staffers, foreign leaders including Obama friendly Merkle, Diane Feinstein, the Associated Press, a Foxnews journalist, etc.  Well guess what, Obama was doing that ahead of important votes and decisions and news stories. He wanted to get the inside information ahead of time.

 

He would spy on all those folks for his own political advantage, but he would never dare spy on the Republicans. Oh no.

 

Obama was running an illegal spy network out of the White House. The fact that a Vice Admiral reported that to a president elect is important. The very day that that admiral visited Trump Tower, and told Trump that the building was being surveilled, the Republican National Campaign Headquarters was moved to a golf course to escape that surveillance. Obama had wiretapped the opposition candidate and continued to do so even after the election.

 

Democrats want us to believe that all of it was on the up and up. No political bias. BS. 

 

So keep in mind that the dossier was the flimsiest of evidence and basically made up lies, and yet they needed it to accomplish something else. Same holds with the two articles of impeachment. Doesn’t matter how flimsy they are, they are accomplishing something else that is very important.

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This is what I’ve said for several years now, and the Libs here don’t get it because of their blind hatred for DJT. 

 

Every American should be horrified by the unchecked power and resources of the Intelligence Community and how easy it is for their Leadership to destroy the lives of those who pay their salaries. 

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They " Bear false witness". Now some might shrug this off lightly, but just look at the ramifications and chaos this causes. This is not good and should not be done, yet it's done time and time again. These folks who follow this type of doctrine are not doing what God has intended man to do. Don't follow their lead or believe them:howdy:

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And the 4th Amendment is dead.

 

And the media did not cover any of this, it was more important that they show the House Judiciary Debate which was no new news, just the same old bickering, and didn't even acknowledge the testimony on the IG report in the Senate.

 

About of 400 and some odd pages, they reported one line "No partisan indications" or whatever it said like that. (Never mind that in the report, in CAPITAL LETTERS, it states that certain actions were indeed partisan.) The rest  of the report (the meat of it) went unreported.

 

Sorry, when you forge e-mails and otherwise provide purposely tampered evidence to a court, that is not a "mistake" or "over site", that is downright criminal behavior.

 

If they think they can do this to a President, what chance do you and I have being protected under our 4th Amendment rights?

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Of course our resident liberals still deny all this.  Those of us concerned with a Deep State running the swamp are all a bunch of conspiracy theorists, a crazy "Cult".  Hypocrites and fools are what they are. 

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16 mins ago, MikeM58 said:

Of course our resident liberals still deny all this.  Those of us concerned with a Deep State running the swamp are all a bunch of conspiracy theorists, a crazy "Cult".  Hypocrites and fools are what they are. 

It's because they only trust CNN.

 

I know hard to believe, but it's CNN that will need to step up and tell the truth.........then the resident Libs will finally understand.

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Just now, Buckscorider said:

It's because they only trust CNN.

 

I know hard to believe, but it's CNN that will need to step up and tell the truth.........then the resident Libs will finally understand.

The two I'm thinking of have never had the capacity to admit they were wrong about anything.  It's a trait of that sort of person.

 

"Those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything".

George Bernard Shaw

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