In an unprecedented public rebuke, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court) accused the FBI of “serious misconduct” for providing information that was fabricated, unsupported, or contradicted by information it possessed.
Based on a report by the Department of Justice Inspector General (DOJ-IG), the court questions its ability to trust FBI statements presented in support of court orders and ordered the Justice Department to affirm that evidence presented to the court in all affidavits is accurate.
The DOJ-IG report provided 17 specific instances of omissions of evidence which would question the accuracy of the affidavits for the court orders, with one being an outright fabrication during the 2016-2017 time periods in the FISA warrants associated with the Russian Collusion investigation.
With the level of sensitivity of this investigation one would expect investigative actions be governed by the agency’s Core Values of Obedience of the Constitution, Personal and Institutional Integrity and Leadership, with scrupulous review and attention to detail.
During this time the FBI was headed by a veteran of the DOJ with 30 years of prosecutorial experience. The DOJ was headed by an experienced U.S. Attorney with over 20 years’ prosecutorial experience and subsequently by a product of 18 years of prosecutorial experience and 20 years in the U.S. Senate who immediately distanced himself from the investigation. It appears that whether through negligence and dereliction of duty, with no one at the helm steering the ship of state or malfeasance and misconduct with specific malicious intent, these leaders of the Department of Justice (DOJ) failed in their responsibility to their oath of office.
In “Military Intelligence Blunders and Cover-Ups” John Hughes-Wilson tells us “how governments try to manipulate or ignore intelligence that doesn’t fit in with their policies at the time” and “the political wishes of the policy-makers invariably corrupt the objectivity of the intelligence officers.”
Time magazine informed us The House of Representatives published an Intelligence Committee memo in February 2018, overseen by Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking minority member, that states the FBI was not biased in their FISA warrant affidavits, did not omit any information, and its rationale for obtaining these warrants on Carter Page was clearly laid out. From the DOJ-IG report, it is clear that this memo was significantly flawed and misrepresented the facts. Whether due to either incompetence or designed to align with political party policy, it calls into question the ability and integrity of the leadership of Rep. Adam Schiff to conduct an investigation and accurately report the true facts.
The House Intelligence Committee, led by Rep Adam Schiff, recently conducted hearings about corruption in dealings with the Ukraine Government. Although directed at implicating the President of the United States, the “rules” for these hearings, as overseen by Rep. Schiff, followed the same play book of the FBI FISA applications by routinely excluding the presentation of any exculpatory evidence; is this because it “doesn’t fit in with their policies?” Is it any wonder that the assertions in the Intelligence Committee’s February 2018 memo, less than 2 years earlier, were seriously flawed?
But the publicity surrounding these hearings certainly brought into focus considerable information about U.S. Government based corruption in dealings with the Ukraine Government. The past administration was aware of the relationship between Vice President Biden’s son and the Ukrainian energy company Burisma; Marie Yovanovitch on Nov. 15 stated in her testimony that she had been prepped by the past administration for this as a possible question during Senate Confirmation Hearings. And the then-Vice President bragged about his shutting down the Ukrainian corruption investigation into his son’s company. There is certainly sufficient information to support predication of an investigation into the past funding of foreign aid with your tax dollars to the Ukrainian government in return for financial favors to members of the past administration.
In his book “Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets” Peter Schweizer exposes the political corruption in the “Pay to Play” schemes that politicians use to extort funds from domestic companies for financially favorable political actions. Maybe he should follow this up with an investigation into how politicians use foreign aid to extort financial favors from foreign governments and launder our tax dollars into their pockets.
Maybe this is what is behind the “Impeachment in search of a crime,” to rid the Washington D.C. politics of an outsider who interferes with this laundering of our tax dollars into politicians’ pockets and the craving of the political parties to return Washington D.C. to the corrupt policy of political party extortion as normal.
John M. DeMaggio retired after 30 years of service as a Captain from the U.S. Naval Reserve Intelligence Program. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Forensic Science from John Jay College and a Master’s of Science from Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University. Privately consulting in counterterrorism, forensic science, and investigations, he also conducts international counterterrorism training, having retired as a Special Agent in Charge and serving as Co-chairman, Investigative Support and Forensic Subgroup, TSWG, developing interagency counterterrorism technology. He is also an op-ed contributor for The Hill. He previously published “Mitigation of Terrorist Effects on Victims’ Motivation” in U.S. Army Counterinsurgency Center Colloquium. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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