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Andrew McCarthy: Obama Officials Politicized Unverified Document

Andrew McCarthy: Obama Officials Politicized Unverified Document
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By    |   Wednesday, 10 January 2018 01:35 PM

Just before the 2016 election, officials with the Obama administration worked to politicize allegations in a dossier about then-candidate Donald Trump without first verifying its claims, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy said Wednesday.

"I think the important thing is if you look at an important moment about six weeks or so before the election, what you find between Obama administration officials and Fusion GPS, which we know was working or the Clinton campaign," McCarthy told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. 

His comments come a day after Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., released more than 300 pages of testimony from Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the company that commissioned the document.

"There was a full-court press to urge the allegations in the dossier which was composed by [Christopher] Steele on the media, on Congress, and there is very good reason to believe on a federal court, specifically the FISA court," McCarthy said Wednesday.

What's really problematic, he continued, is that former FBI Director James Comey, in June 2017, testified that the dossier was "salacious and unverified."

"My point is, if it was unverified in the middle of June 2017, it had to be unverified in September of 2016, when they probably went to the FISA court, and when they certainly briefed Congress on it," said McCarthy.

Meanwhile, there have been claims that an unnamed person was killed concerning the anti-Trump dossier, show co-host Ainsley Earhardt said, but McCarthy said that is not known for sure.

"I don't think you can take anything at face value," said McCarthy. "I don't think you can take anything at face value. I don't mean to minimize it. We are in this smoke and mirrors world of intelligence where it's a little bit hard to fathom whether what people are telling is you exactly accurate or not."

Even if the claim is true, "we don't know why the person was killed," he added. "So you know, for example, that the regime there didn't want exposed the degree to which they tried to feed misinformation into our intelligence community, and to rub out somebody who had information about it. My speculation is as good as anybody's, which is nothing."

The most important thing, said McCarthy, is the fact that after months of "stonewalling" by the Justice Department and the FBI, the House Intelligence Committee finally has the information it had been asking for since August.

"What we need to know at the bottom, did the Obama administration use unverified, uncorroborated basically rank rumor information in getting a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance board to conduct spying on the Trump campaign, essentially based on information from the Clinton campaign, said McCarthy. "That's what we need to know."

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Just before the 2016 election, officials with the Obama administration worked to politicize allegations in a dossier about then-candidate Donald Trump without first verifying its claims, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy said Wednesday.
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