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DeSantis: Dossier Use Undermines Legitimacy of FBI Warrant

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By    |   Wednesday, 27 December 2017 08:05 AM

A dossier compiled against President Donald Trump while he was running for office was not generated by an intelligence agency, and if it was used as basis for a warrant to spy on the campaign or transition team, that undermines its legitimacy, Rep. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday.

"Think about where this dossier came from," said the Florida Republican, a member of the Judiciary and the Oversight and Government Reform committees, during a Fox News "Fox and Friends" interview. "It was funded by the Democrats and Hillary Clinton through the Perkins Coie law firm, to Fusion GPS."

Further, the dossier's writer, Christopher Steele, had been a spy in Russia 25 years ago and "didn't really have any sources," DeSantis said. "They put a lot of BS in this thing. Fake news, and then they tried to dress it up as an intelligence product."

According to reports in The Washington Times earlier this week, the FBI has conceded that the dossier's claims of election collusion have not been substantiated.

Lawmakers are "digging for the answers" on the matter of the dossier, DeSantis said, "and we are going to get to the answers on this."

"I think it would undermine the legitimacy of the genesis of the investigation and all the way to the present," he said, if the dossier was used. "The Russia collusion was always more of a narrative than anything based on any type of factual basis. But if this was the basis to get surveillance on an American citizen, remember, if you are doing a FISA surveillance on an American citizen, it's not just that they may have foreign contacts. You have to actually say there is a basis they committed a criminal offense."

DeSantis also commented that he does not see how there can be a conclusion other than that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton got preferential treatment over her email server, given the news that has been revealed concerning texts sent between FBI agents' Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

"They wrote a letter exonerating her two months before they even interviewed her," said DeSantis. "If you look at how they conducted her interview, it was a softball interview. You had other witnesses in the room. You remember when they bleachbit all the emails. There was never any follow-up for obstruction of justice."

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Florida GOP Rep. Francis Rooney called for a "purge" of the FBI to rid it of "deep state" officials, but DeSantis said he thinks the issues lie more with the agency's leaders than its agents.

"The average FBI agent works hard," said DeSantis. "When I served in Iraq in the Navy, you had FBI agents thought Fallujah, Ramadi. These guys are patriotic, they do a great job. I think there has been problems with the leadership."

He said he thinks Trump was right to fire Comey, and when it comes to Strzok, "if he is going to say it's his job as an FBI agent to prevent a certain candidate from getting elected and creating an insurance policy, that is somebody that you do not want to have power. Anybody who turns up in that situation, you know, I think they should get another line of work."

Strzok was lead agent in the Clinton case, he also pointed out, and he does think there "needs to be a major overhaul" of some of the FBI's senior leadership.

DeSantis also commented on a Trump tweet that praised him as a "brilliant young leader" who would make a great governor for Florida, saying that people need to "stay tuned on that" as there may be some news breaking on the matter after the first of the year.

"[From the] amount of buzzing on my phone from calls and texts, I thought the phone was malfunctioning or there was something going on," said DeSantis. "When he tweets and he has 100 million people that are seeing that, it's a really really big deal."

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