DOJ Opens Criminal Investigation on FBI Lawyer Who Meddled With 2016 Evidence
In a preview of what could turn out to be a game-changing report from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, CNN reported Thursday that a former FBI lawyer is under criminal investigation for “altering a document” related to the Bureau’s attempts to get a FISA warrant on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page in 2016. While the exact details of the lawyer’s misconduct are still hazy, the fact that we already have news of a criminal investigation against the perpetrators of the Russia/Trump probe does not bode well for the minions of the Obama regime.
President Trump and Republicans have accused the intelligence community of engaging in a “witch hunt” against his campaign and his early presidency – a probe based on the theory that Trump and his associates worked with Russians to interfere in the 2016 election. This probe was assumed by appointed special counsel Robert Mueller in the summer of 2017, and this spring Mueller delivered his final report, finding that no such “collusion” actually occurred. Because of this definitive conclusion, which confirmed the original “witch hunt” narrative, Trump supporters have been waiting eagerly for the results of an investigation into the investigators.
U.S. Attorney John Durham will provide the final account of what really happened with the Obama intelligence community and the Russia investigation, but we will get an early glimpse into that probe when Horowitz releases his report on December 9. At that time, we will also gain a greater understanding as to the criminal misconduct this FBI lawyer allegedly engaged in.
For now, the Washington Post provided the most detailed account of the accusation: “The employee was forced out of the FBI after the incident was discovered, two U.S. officials said. Horowitz found that the employee erroneously indicated he had documentation to back up a claim he had made in discussions with the Justice Department about the factual basis for the FISA application. He then altered an email to back up that erroneous claim, they said.”
While it’s tempting to get excited about what this could mean, in a broad-based sense of the 2016 hoax, we can’t help but notice the very next paragraph in the Post’s story: “That conduct did not alter Horowitz’s finding that the surveillance application of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page had a proper legal and factual basis, the officials said.”
It’s hard to imagine how Horowitz could have arrived at that conclusion, though we’ll try to keep an open mind. We already know that the primary basis for the FISA application was the Steele dossier, a garbage piece of “intelligence” bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign. We also know that the FBI used a news story whose source was Christopher Steele himself to provide the court with “independent” confirmation of the dossier. Finally, we know that despite months and months of surveillance, the FBI never found any reason to charge Page with a crime. How this squares with the FBI behaving in a “legal and factual” way, we’re not sure.
Hopefully, the Washington Post is mischaracterizing the report. Certainly, it wouldn’t surprise us in the least.