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House Memo: FBI Used Disputed Dossier in Getting OK to Surveil Trump's Team

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By    |   Friday, 02 February 2018 01:23 PM

A Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant used by the FBI to monitor President Donald Trump's former campaign aide Carter Page could not have been obtained without the use of a disputed anti-Trump dossier, a declassified House Intelligence Committee memo claims.

The information was revealed after Trump agreed Friday to declassify the controversial GOP memo that claims there is anti-Trump bias in the FBI and Justice Department.

Among the four-page memo's claims, Fox News reported, was a revelation that a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant would not have been obtained without the use of information contained in an unsubstantiated anti-Trump dossier financed in part by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Trump confirmed his decision to reporters at an Oval Office event.

"I think it's terrible. I think it's a disgrace what's going on in this country," Trump said, repeating, "I think it's a disgrace."

"The memo was sent to Congress, it was declassified. Congress will do whatever they're going to do," he said.

Fox News Chief Intelligence Correspondent Catherine Herridge reported that "we understand that a very senior law enforcement official at the FBI sought a surveillance warrant and told the committee, the House Intelligence Committee, it would not have been possible without the use of this dossier."

In addition, she reported that the memo claims that the sourcing and financing of the dossier, written by British spy Christopher Steele, was not revealed to the FISA court, which approved the warrant used for surveillance of the aide, Carter Page.

"We also understand the FBI and Department of Justice relied in part on media reporting to lend credibility to the dossier and the issue there is that the firm behind the dossier had been briefing reporters, a half dozen American media outlets about the dossier," Herridge said.

She reported that based on the information gathered, once Steele's spy contact was cut off with the FBI over his connections with the media, he continued to funnel information to the FBI through Department of Justice contact Bruce Ohr.

The memo also contains information that Ohr was demoted when the revelations came to light, and that his wife had worked for opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which was behind the dossier.

Fox News also reported that there is information in the memo indicating Steele had a "severe dislike" against Trump and was working to make sure he would not be elected.

The focus for the memo is on the FISA application on Page, and included claims that then-FBI Director James Comey signed off on three applications on behalf of the FBI, as did Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who reportedly resigned under pressure from Director Christopher Wray; former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, whom Trump fired last year, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

However, Herridge pointed out, the initial application in October 2016 for a surveillance warrant, or any of the subsequent renewals referred to the DNC, the Clinton campaign, or to any part of the funding behind Steele's report.

The application also extensively cited a Sept. 23, 2016 Yahoo! News article focusing on Page's trip in July, 2016 to Moscow.

The article, by Michael Isikoff, details how U.S. intelligence officials were seeking to learn if Page had opened private communications with senior Russian officials about lifting sanctions should Trump be elected.

In the memo, however, it's noted that Steele admitted giving information to Yahoo! News.

"This article does not corroborate the Steele dossier, because it is derived from information leaked by Steele himself to Yahoo! News," the memo notes.

The request for the FISA warrant, though, does not note that Steele gave the information to Isikoff himself for the article, the memo claims.

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A Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant used by the FBI to monitor President Donald Trump's former campaign aide Carter Page could not have been obtained without the use of a disputed anti-Trump dossier, a declassified House Intelligence Committee memo...
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