“Hoax From The Beginning”: Carter Page FISA Application Exposes Flimsy Underpinnings Of FBI “Witch Hunt”

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Originally appeared at Zero Hedge

The late Saturday release of the FBI’s heavily redacted FISA warrant application for Carter Page reveals that the Obama administration, eager to make a case to spy on a US citizen (and arguably the Trump campaign) cobbled together a combination of facts and innuendo from Page’s business dealings in Russia, several press reports of varying reliability, and of course, the infamous Clinton-funded “Steele Dossier,” which the FBI went to great lengths to justify despite being largely unable to verify its claims.

Perhaps the most concerning takeaway, however, is the stark disconnect between the FBI’s multiple allegations against Page versus the fact that he hasn’t been charged with a single crime after nearly two years of DOJ/FBI investigations.

"Hoax From The Beginning": Carter Page FISA Application Exposes Flimsy Underpinnings Of FBI "Witch Hunt"

Once issued, the FISA warrant and its subsequent renewals allowed the Obama administration to spy on the Trump campaign using a wide investigatory net, so the October, 2016 application painted Page in the most criminal light possible, as intended, in order to convince the FISA judge to grant the warrant. It flat out accuses Page of being a Russian spy who was recruited by the Kremlin, which sought to “undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election in violation of U.S. criminal law,” the application reads.

In order to reinforce their argument, the FBI used circular arguments which presented dossier claims as facts, such as “The FBI learned that Page met with at least two Russian officials” – when in fact that was simply another unverified claim from the dossier.

Another approach used to beef up the FISA application’s curb appeal was circular evidence, via the inclusion of a letter from Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (NV) to former FBI Director James Comey, citing information Reid got from John Brennan, which was in turn from the Clinton-funded dossier.

In fact, aside from the Clinton-funded Steele dossier (“Source #1”), the FISA application cited no other evidentiary sources.

The application also reveals that FBI agent Peter Strzok lied when he said he had nothing to do with the FISA application, when in fact the disgraced FBI agent used Carter Page’s September 2016 letter to Comey defending himself against a Yahoo! News article written by Michael Isikoff (who used information obtained directly from Steele) as a pretext to open the investigation on Page.

Meanwhile, the FBI tried to downplay Steele feeding Isikoff information for his article, falsely claiming in the FISA application that Steele did not “directly provide” information to the reporter, when in fact he did.

“Obviously the information that I got from Christopher Steele was information the FBI already had,” Isikoff said in a February podcast.

The FBI also went to extreme lengths to convince the FISA judge that Steele (“Source #1”), was reliable when they could not verify the unsubstantiated claims in his dossier – while also having to explain why they still trusted his information after having terminated Steele’s contract over inappropriate disclosures he made to the media.

“Not withstanding Source1’s reason for conducting the research into Candidate1’s ties to Russia, based on Source1’s previous reporting history with the FBI, whereby Source1 provided reliable information to the FBI, the FBI believes Source 1s reporting herein to be credible

The warrant application also confirms a February report that the FBI received a copy of the dossier from the Obama State Department, after Steele provided it to senior DoS official Jonathan Winer. Winer was also approached by Clinton confidant Sydney Blumenthal with a separate anti-Trump dossier written by longtime Clinton pal Cody Shearer.

"Hoax From The Beginning": Carter Page FISA Application Exposes Flimsy Underpinnings Of FBI "Witch Hunt"

So two separate Clinton-originated dossiers went from Steele and Blumenthal to the State Department, which then gave it to the FBI. Of course, the agency also had a copy it received in early August, 2016 directly from Steele himself, and we also now know that there were multiple versions of the document which went through various conduits before reaching the FBI.

Curiously, the FBI spotlighted the dossier provided by the State Department, ostensibly to enhance its credibility.

The FBI’s use of flimsy and uncorroborated evidence to support spying on Page, combined with the fact that a 3-month extension was granted despite the fact that it was obvious by June, 2017 he wasn’t a Russian agent, will most certainly embolden those, like President Trump, who have called the entire Russia investigation a “witch hunt.”

Finally, on Sunday morning, president Trump responded with a series of tweets, including both his own thoughts, and quotes of others, stating that it is “looking more & more like the Trump Campaign for President was illegally being spied upon (surveillance) for the political gain of Crooked Hillary Clinton and the DNC. Ask her how that worked out – she did better with Crazy Bernie. Republicans must get tough now. An illegal Scam!”

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  • Pave Way IV

    FBI: “The goyim know. Shut it down!
    Deep State: “After all that hard work? Hell no! Stick to the plan: Increase opiate production. Arrest more Russians. Burn the Reichstag. Open some more random investigations. Raise the price of oil. And start the war already – where’s that God damn Iranian false flag?”

    • Snowglobe

      ….and get Hillary to announce that she is running for 2020!

      Already done.

  • bonami

    SF you left out the best part! Page was supposedly an energy consultant; that is the identity he used
    when he as an FBI ASSET gave docs to a Russian who was then arrested as a
    spy. So Carter Page was an FBI asset and witness in the subsequent trial that was responsible for the
    bust of a high level Russian agent in 2013, and remained involved throughout
    the court case UP TO May of 2016. And 6 months later he appears at Trump’s door
    offering his free services as an energy consultant, so same sting,
    different mark. He was still working for the FBI which is why they never
    arrested him.

  • Richard Lewis

    How does this crap get in print? First Page was under investigation BY the FBI before he worked for the Trump gang of morons. The investigation of page never started to do with Trump but I guess when your buddy and string puller master of the puppet you get nervous when the truth comes out. So the more Trump whines the more we know how much he is invilved with the Russians.

  • Snowglobe

    General Helter Skelter information from the US.

    The 4Chan’s took down the director of Guardian’s of the Galaxy, James Gun for mountains of Pedo tweets. They screen shotted them all.

    The claim is that Hollywood has been needing to buy diapers.

    The 8Chan’s will be getting into the action. There is a Hollywood insider who wants to see Hollywood burn, and he knows where the bodies are buried, and he is chatting up a storm.

    It seems to be a new form of Hollywood roast. Hollywood is scared.