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Was the DNC/Clinton campaign-funded dossier used to obtain warrants?

12 comments, 341 views, posted 5:09 pm 11/01/2018 in News by REALITY
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Was the DNC/Clinton campaign-funded dossier used to obtain warrants on Trump team from the secret court?

The unverified dossier alleging connections between President Trump’s campaign and the Russians was used as evidence by the FBI to gain approval from a secret court to monitor members of Trump’s team, this reporter has learned.

A large portion of the evidence presented in the salacious 35-page dossier put together by former British spy Christopher Steele, has either been proven wrong or remains unsubstantiated. However, the FBI gained approval nevertheless to surveil members of Trump’s campaign and “it’s outrageous and clearly should be thoroughly investigated,” said a senior law enforcement source, with knowledge of the process.

Multiple sources told this reporter that the dossier was used along with other evidence to obtain the warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as FISC. The sources also stressed that there will be more information in the coming week regarding systemic “FISA abuse.”

“(The dossier) certainly played a role in obtaining the warrant,” added another senior U.S. official, with knowledge of the dossier. “Congress needs to look at the FBI officials who were handling this case and see what, if anything, was verified in the dossier. I think an important question is whether the FBI payed anything to the source for the dossier.”

On Wednesday, Sean Hannity said he has also independently confirmed that the dossier was used to obtain the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant from three separate sources.

One very senior source said the dossier played “a significant role” in obtaining the warrant Hannity said on his radio show Wednesday.

FBI officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

On Friday, members of the House Intelligence Committee went to the Justice Department to review the FBI and DOJ documents requested last August by Chairman Devin Nunes, congressional sources said. The information is essential to the committee’s investigation of Steele, the dossier and Fusion GPS.

In October, the Washington Post revealed that Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign paid the now embattled research firm Fusion GPS to fund the research into the dossier. Marc E. Elias, who was a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC allegedly retained Fusion GPS, but the campaign failed to disclose those payments on its finance records.

In April, CNN reported that the dossier was used to monitor communications of Carter Page, who volunteered as a national security advisor with the Trump campaign for a short period of time. But in December, a New York Times story seemed to suggest that the inquiry into the Trump campaign and its alleged ties to Russia began with George Papadopoulos, who worked as a foreign policy advisor to Trump campaign.

Sources told the New York Times that it was Papadopoulos’ conversation with a Australian diplomat at London bar in May 2016 that caught the attention of the FBI.

“Now that the dirt has spilled on the dossier, it looks like some officials are trying to deflect by saying the inquiry began with Papadopoulos,” said the senior law enforcement official.

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6:39 pm 11/01/2018

Quaektem

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9:03 pm 11/01/2018

REALITY

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5:12 am 12/01/2018

LordViscera

Of course, it was, because the last admin was so sure that they had covered their tracks and that Hillary would win. OOOOPS

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6:05 am 12/01/2018

Quaektem

Comment of 2018 right there!!!!

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2:56 pm 12/01/2018

Vormid

Never mind that at least part of the oppo research was paid for by
the GOP a Conservative group funded by a self serving Billionaire named Paul Singer.

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1:04 am 13/01/2018

Quaektem

Irrelevant. That the DNC (or anyone) paid for it isn't surprising or scandalous. Pretty much the usual political crap we all know and despise.

What is relevant is if this was the sole reason for the FISA warrant, a warrant that spied on a presidential candidate that obtained information illegally leaked through the Obama administration to hurt that presidential candidate, and the former President's party was involved in that fraud?

This makes breaking into a political office in a hotel to get an edge in an election really insignificant. This may finally remove the word "gate" from political scandals from now on. This is so much bigger than finding out the Russian collusion actually happened. This is a sitting U.S. President directly interfering with the political process through illegal means based on fraudulent information his own party supplied.

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1:28 am 13/01/2018

bytehead

Funny, since it was a conservative newspaper that actually kicked the whole thing off.

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2:32 am 13/01/2018

Vormid

Quote by Quaektem:
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10:57 pm 14/01/2018

Quaektem

Well we need to get the records unsealed to know. You'd support the truth coming out, right?

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2:31 am 15/01/2018

bytehead

Unsealing a FISA warrant? Possibly a nonexistent FISA warrant?

If there was a FISA warrant, I don't believe that the dossier would have been enough to actually grant it. Certainly not just based on it, and I suspect that if there was a FISA warrant, the dossier had nothing to do with it.

But good luck on getting that FISA warrant unsealed!

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6:11 am 18/01/2018

Quaektem

Good dodge. Not once did you bother to answer the question.

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5:16 pm 21/01/2018

bytehead

A) Is it a FISA memo, or a memo about FISA to start with?
B) What kind of vetting has this so called memo been through? Remember, the Republicans have been pretty adept at releasing just what they want, and then Pelosi releases the entire transcript, showing what kind of shit liars Republicans have become.

Quote by Quaektem:
Good dodge. Not once did you bother to answer the question.


Dodge? Is there an honest question that you've asked? I don't see one. I don't see any FISA warrants being unsealed either.

It's not incumbent upon me to prove that the dossier had nothing to do with seeking a warrant. That's your issue, that's your problem. The dossier is an intelligence dossier. An intelligence dossier does not purport to be a finder of facts, it does purport to have findings that may or may not require further investigation to see if the allegations may have real facts behind them. Trump likes to get pissed on by hookers? I really don't give a fuck. Does it make him blackmailable? That may be, but that is something I really have no control over, even shouting at my representatives doesn't change that fact. It also doesn't make him a crook. Does that mean it should be investigated, my magic 8 ball says no, but others may have different answers. Was Trump doing money laundering for Russia? That's the question I'm more interested in, because that will certainly show if Trump is a crook or not. And that certainly deserves to be investigated.

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