A top FBI official met with Democratic Party lawyers to talk about collusion allegations before the 2016 election— and before the FBI got a search warrant targeting then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign, The Hill reported.
Former FBI general counsel James Baker met in fall 2016 with at least one attorney from Perkins Coie, the Democratic National Committee’s private law firm, The Hill’s John Solomon reported.
The firm was also used by the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign to pay Fusion GPS and ex-British spy Christopher Steele to compile a dossier allegedly showing Trump and Moscow were colluding to hijack the presidential election.
The dossier was used by the FBI to seek a controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant targeting the Trump campaign.
According to Solomon, who cited unnamed sources, the revelation was confirmed both in evidence and testimony compiled by a joint investigation by Republicans on the House Judiciary and Government Oversight committees.
The confirmation means the FBI had good reason to suspect the dossier was connected to the DNC and was the product of a Democratic opposition-research effort to defeat Trump — yet failed to disclose that information to the FISA court in October 2016 when it applied for the warrant, Solomon wrote.
Evidence that the FBI used politically motivated, unverified intelligence from an opponent to justify spying on the GOP nominee’s campaign has prompted many Republicans to ask President Donald Trump to declassify the rest of the FBI’s documents in the Russia collusion case.
House Freedom Caucus leader Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told The Hill’s television program, “Rising,” there’s evidence the FBI had sources secretly record Trump campaign members.
“There’s a strong suggestion that confidential human sources actually taped members within the Trump campaign,” Meadows said on the program, Solomon reported.
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