A Republican representative has just asked for the FBI director’s resignation because of his lack of cooperation in providing data in the case known as Crossfire Hurricane.
Crossfire Hurricane is the code name used by the FBI in 2016, under the Obama, to spy on the campaign of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.
It was proven that Trump’s campaign did not collude with Russia. Still, recent research on the case uncovered data that could prove that the Obama administration illegally spied on the Republican candidate’s campaign.
Now fingers are pointing at FBI Director Christopher Wray, as they accuse him of not cooperating and intentionally hindering the investigation.
One such person is Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), who, in an interview on Fox News’s “Justice” program, explained Saturday, that Wray has been “a problem” in moving forward with the investigation of irregularities that the Obama administration may have committed.
The fake Russian collusion
In July 2016, the FBI began an investigation to determine whether Trump’s campaign had colluded with Russia to win that year’s presidential election. The agency relied on information contained in the famous Steele dossier. The file was compiled by Fusion GPS and former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele. Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee financed the file.
Once Donald Trump arrived at the White House, and the accusations of Russian collusion surfaced, the president repeatedly denied such information.
That’s why special counsel Robert Mueller began a thorough and expensive investigation in May 2017, to determine whether such collusion existed. Finally, after a 22-month investigation, he found no evidence that Trump or his campaign knowingly conspired or coordinated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election outcome.
However, in turn, the case yielded valuable information about how the Obama administration would have managed in a nontransparent manner to get Justice to spy on then-candidate Trump. And that is what is being investigated today.
Did Obama illegally spy on Trump?
Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report on Dec. 9, 2019, in which he found 17 “significant inaccuracies and omissions” in the application and renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants that the FBI used to spy on Trump’s campaign adviser, Carter Page.
The Steele dossier played a “critical” role in getting Justice to authorize an FBI spying order on Trump’s campaign aide.
After reading Horowitz’s report, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called the FBI actions under the Obama administration a “criminal enterprise” that went off the rails.
Since then, Congress has sought to know how far those “significant inaccuracies and omissions” that used to implement the FISA order in the last months of the Obama mandate went.
The key role of the FBI
In a back-and-forth between members of the Republican Party and the intelligence agencies, to get the agencies to agree to provide information that could prove key to understanding what happened, the Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) last week issued a subpoena to the FBI for “all documents related to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.”
In an 11-page letter, Johnson explained that he sought the voluntary cooperation of the relevant agencies, but resorted to the subpoena power primarily because of his “strong belief that transparency in government is essential and that the American people have waited too long for the truth.”
Meanwhile, Graham sent a letter to Wray demanding the names of the FBI informants who, according to Graham, “misled” the Senate Intelligence Committee about the veracity of the discredited Steele dossier.
Graham launched his request after exposing another serious FBI irregularity that has come to light in recent days: A Committee on the Judiciary briefing paper, dated Feb. 14, 2018, and recently declassified, had affirmed the reliability of the Steele file even though Steele’s primary sub-source, Igor Danchenko, had already admitted to the bureau that “the salacious report was bunk,” in the words of Chris Farrell, Judicial Watch’s director of investigations.
As Farrell explained in his Daily Caller column, the recently declassified documents show that FBI informants lied to the Senate “just like the bureau reportedly lied to the FISA court, seeking authorization to set up surveillance [on Trump’s campaign adviser] Carter Page, and by extension spy on the entire Trump team, including Mr. Trump himself.”
Graham left no doubt about the seriousness of the matter, “Somebody needs to go to jail for this.”
Pointing at the director of the FBI
“After what we’ve heard this week coming out of the … emails that have been released from Senator Graham, but also hearing from Senator Johnson as well … it’s time for Christopher Wray to resign,” Collins said last Saturday.
“It’s time for him to move on. It’s time for him to get out of the way because we have seen constant feet dragging from the FBI on this issue. It is taking months to get things that should have already been turned over to Congress,” he added.
According to Farrell, even the investigation conducted by U.S. Attorney John Durham into the origins of the Russian investigation is being blocked by Wray.
In an interview on Thursday with Fox Business, President Trump regretted that Wray had not delivered the relevant documents requested by the investigators.
“There are documents that they want to get,” Trump said. He added, We’re going to find out if he’s going to give those documents. But certainly, he’s been very, very protective.”
“It is time for him to go. He’s been a problem. It’s time to get the FBI cleaned out,” said Collins.