In an interview on Fox News on Sunday, July 26, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham (R-N.C.), reflected on the new information in documents declassified by the FBI at the request of Attorney General William Barr on Friday, July 17, and anticipated what the committee will be looking for in its investigation.
The declassified document is a 40-page memo made by an FBI agent after interviewing the source of the Steele dossier for three days in January 2017.
In that document, Christopher Steele’s source, whose identity is now known, confirms that the information he gave Steele was a rumor, which Steele used as fact and sold it to the FBI.
“What happened here is that Russian disinformation was used by American law enforcement to go after a sitting president,” Graham said.
The rumor planted by Russian agents was that both Michael Cohen and Carter Page met under different circumstances with Russian agents to plan a massive hack of the Democrats in order to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
The new documents reveal that Igor Danchenko, a former senior researcher at the Brookings Institute, the source of the Steele dossier, traveled to Russia to collect information on the alleged connections between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. But it is now known that the information Danchenko received was planted by Russian agents who were aware of the investigation by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats into President Trump.
However, after three days of interviewing this source, and determining that it was unreliable, the FBI continued the investigation called Crossfire Hurricane and asked the FISA court for permission to spy on Carter Page, President Trump’s former foreign policy adviser.
“We now know that the FBI lied to the FISA court about the credibility of the dossier and also lied to Congress,” Graham said as some members of Congress began to doubt the source and asked for a briefing from the FBI.
Graham confirmed that he will seek to interview former FBI officials Andrew McCabe, James Comey, and Sally Yates, No. 2 from the Justice Department at that time, before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“But I want to call the person who prepared the memo, I want to call the case agent who interview the sub-source for three days in January, and ask him ‘Oh by the way did you tell anybody above you that the dossier is a piece of Russian disinformation?’” Graham exclaimed.
According to Graham, Obama and Biden knew the FBI was spying on Michael Flynn before he took over as national security adviser, while Sally Yates did not. He also wants to ask Yates if Biden said in the meeting there should be an investigation into whether Flynn had violated the Logan Act.
The Logan Act is a United States federal law that criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized American citizens with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States.
Rep. Nunes (R-Calif.) said the investigation now encompasses the Brookings Institution for attacking his investigation with its “phony legal group of fact-checkers that they set up.”
The interview ended with Graham saying, “Stay tuned,” because next week he will be revealing to the public more details of the severe violations of the law that were committed at the request of the Democrats, to bring down President Trump.