On July 17, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in the ongoing investigation into the Steele dossier and the abuses in the FISA warrants on Carter Page, released two declassified documents by U.S. Attorney General William Barr that demolish the FBI’s arguments for continuing the investigation into Page and, more importantly, for continuing for two and a half more years through special counsel Mueller, the investigation into the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
As this Senate investigation, which is a response to the impeachment that President Trump faced and from which he was acquitted, proceeds, more and more compelling evidence emerges that the entire FBI investigation into the alleged plot between Trump and Russia to interfere with the 2016 presidential election was based on rumors and conspiracies with the sole objective of staining the reputation of President Donald J. Trump.
These two documents published July 17 by Graham reveal two important points to be able to claim that the whole political trial against President Trump was a hoax to bring him down:
- The primary “source” of the Steele Dossier, was not first-hand, nor was it a Russian individual well connected to the Kremlin but an employee of Steele and at most the “intelligence” he provided to Steele was a fabricated rumor. The same “source” of Steele stated that his sayings were misinterpreted by Steele and that what were rumors were put as facts in the Dossier.
- One of the documents exposes the fact that FBI leadership knew after interviews in January 2017 with sources in Steele’s Dossier that there was no evidence that Trump’s campaign had had contact with Russian intelligence agents to interfere with the 2016 election, yet the then FBI director, Comey, launched an investigation (Crossfire Hurricane) into Trump’s alleged ties with Russia in July 2017, which lasted almost two and a half years.
The Steele Dossier
Christopher Steele, a former British spy for MI6, was hired by Fusion GPS at the request of the Clinton campaign and the DNC (Democratic National Convention) to investigate the Trump campaign. Steele presented his report, which was based solely on this “source” (a non-Russian based contract employee of Christopher Steele’s firm) and which accused the Trump campaign of conspiring with Russia to influence the results of the 2016 elections.
The dossier linked Page, a foreign policy consultant to Trump’s 2016 campaign, and the president’s lawyer Michael Cohen, to having met in Prague with Russian agents to coordinate hacking the Democrats during the 2016 campaign.
However, the Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report made it clear that Cohen was not in Prague, and that the FBI evidence received on Jan. 12, 2017, may have been Russian disinformation.
The dossier’s other allegation was that there was a videotape of President Trump with prostitutes in Moscow in 2013, which the “source” finally said was a malicious rumor from an employee at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Moscow, which Steele passed off as a fact to blackmail President Trump.
The FISA court orders
FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrants that authorize the FBI to investigate, including monitoring, wiretapping, and otherwise, foreign individuals in the United States. The first document states that even though the Steele dossier had no credibility because the source was not firsthand and the rumors were taken as facts, the FBI still requested two FISA warrants on Page. That is, foreign agents were investigated to incriminate Trump’s campaign associates.
But more seriously, because of the confidentiality of the FISA warrants, it is questionable whether the FBI used those warrants to spy on others close to President Trump.
Unfortunately, despite the fact that it was all a ruse and farce to overthrow President Trump and that the president was acquitted, the narrative of “Russian collusion,” “Russian agent” is something that mainstream media and Democratic Party leaders have repeated so often, that much of American society believes it.
President Trump’s impeachment caused suffering to the lives of many good and innocent people, among them is the former National Security Adviser retired Lt. Gen. Michael Thomas Flynn who was also the target of an FBI investigation.