Tuesday during the Fox News Special Report program, The Federalist editor Mollie Hemingway joined the discussion about the report issued by Inspector General Michael Horowitz on the abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and Attorney General William Barr’s comments on FBI abuses.
The report focused on investigating the conduct of the Justice Department and the FBI in enforcing the law (FISA), seeking to frame Donald Trump’s former presidential campaign adviser with the Russian government during the 2016 elections.
Hemingway noted, “One of the most interesting things to come out of this report is that the FBI and the Department of Justice knew by January 2017 that the dossier was complete rubbish. Complete, unadulterated rubbish.”
“We learned this yesterday. For three years departments leaked out information that seemed like they were taking [the dossier] seriously,” she explained.
According to the Daily Mail, Horowitz indicated that the FBI’s decision to attack former aide Carter Page through espionage, after receiving authorization from the secret FISA court, was prompted and supported by several high-ranking intelligence agency officials during the Obama administration.
Hemingway said, “This is a scandal–the greatest scandal of this generation. Whether people want to wipe it away or not, this is serious.”
The inspector general’s report described how the FBI conducted electronic surveillance, listened to phone calls, and used human informants.
According to the Daily Mail, once the FBI learned more about Steele, his “reliability” and his funding, they never took a fresh look at what they were submitting to the FISA court.
“The FBI failed to reassess the Steele reporting relied upon in the FISA applications … [and] did not press Steele for information about the actual funding source for his election reporting work,” the Horowitz report says.
To guarantee civil liberties, protocol requires the FBI get a direct warrant from the FISA court to secretly spy on U.S. citizens. As The Federalist has indicated, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) became aware of the FBI’s abuse of FISA’s standard judicial process, but it was belittled.
“NeverTrump media and liberal media completely disparaged the Nunes memo and completely supported the [opposition Rep. Adam] Schiff memo, and they were utterly humiliated by what came out in this report yesterday,” Hemingway added.