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Rep. Issa: Use of Trump Dossier for Probe 'Off the Charts Bad'

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By    |   Friday, 08 Dec 2017 08:42 AM

If the FBI used a salacious dossier funded in part by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign to launch an investigation into President Donald Trump, that would be "off the charts, bad" Rep. Darrell Issa said Friday.

"It clearly would be off the chart bad," the California Republican, who was in Thursday's hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday when FBI Director Christopher Wray took the stand, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. 

"But, let's remember that former Director [James] Comey didn't see a problem with reaching a conclusion not to prosecute before some of the witnesses were even deposed. So there's a lot of bad there."

On Thursday, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, called for another special counsel to be appointed to investigate a warrant against Carter Page, former adviser to Trump's campaign. 

According to reports, the FBI reportedly included the dossier assembled on Trump and his associates as the evidence it needed to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Jordan wants the application submitted to the court for the FISA warrant to be released to see if it cites research in the dossier.

In addition, on Thursday, it was revealed that a high-level Justice Department officer, Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, was demoted for contacts with former British spy Christopher Steele, author of the controversial dossier, Fox News reported. 

"It's important that we get, dispel, any questions of wrongdoing," said Issa. "In this case, we have a number of actions by FBI agents and high-ranking Department of Justice officials that clearly show something went wrong in their activity and their tweeting or texting."

And that, he said, "calls into question this very controversial decision where we know that Hillary Clinton did leave illegally with documents she should not have left government with, denied the government copies of records, and, yet, somehow the decision was made that no crime was committed that could be prosecuted."

In Orr's case, "what have you is somebody four doors down from the attorney general, who had conduct that calls into question whether or not perhaps people there knew that the Democratic National Committee was paying for the fake dossier," said Issa.

"Using the fake dossier to then launch an investigation was clearly wrong," he added. "And you back up and say well, that means that everything that's been going on relative to, if you will, the Trump campaign could well be simply following the Democratic National Committee's intended route."

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If the FBI used a salacious dossier funded in part by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign to launch an investigation into President Donald Trump, that would be "off the charts, bad" Rep. Darrell Issa said Friday.
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