FISA Memo in text format. Lock them up!

Yesterday, after President Trump had declassified the memo, the House Intelligence Committee (full name: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence or HPSCI) finally released the notorious FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) memorandum.

The memo was released in PDF format that does not enable copying. So I took screenshots of the memo and posted them yesterday.

Since I prefer a document in text format because it enables copying, pasting, highlighting, and reproduction, I painstakingly copied and typed the FISA memo from the screenshots into a text document.

Below is the text version of the FISA memo, followed by my bullet-point analysis. Word between brackets [ ] are my comments.

The FISA Memo

January 18, 2018

To: HPSCI Majority Members

From: HPSCI Majority Staff

Subject: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses at the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Purpose

This memorandum provides Members with updates on significant facts related to the Committee’s ongoing investigation into the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and their use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the 2016 presidential election cycle. Our findings, which are detailed below, 1) raise concerns with the legitimacy and legality of certain DOJ and FBI interactions with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) and, 2) represent a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses related to the FISA process.

Investigation Update

On October 21, 2016, DOJ and FBI sought and received a FISA probable cause order (not under Title VII) authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page from the FISC. Page is a U.S. citizen who served as a volunteer adviser to the Trump presidential campaign. Consistent with requirements under FISA, the application had to be first certified by the Director or Deputy Director of the FBI. It then required the approval of the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General (DAG), or the Senate-confirmed Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division.

The FBI and DOJ obtained one initial FISA warrant targeting Carter Page and three FISA renewals from the FISC. As required by statute (50 U.S.C. §1805(d)(1)), a FISA order on an American citizen must be renewed by the FISC every 90 days and each renewal requires a separate finding of probable cause. Then-Director James Comey signed three FISA applications in question on behalf of the FBI, and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one. Then-DAG Sally Yates, then-Acting DAG Dana Boente, and DAG Rod Rosenstein each signed one or more FISA applications on behalf of DOJ.

Due to the sensitive nature of foreign intelligence activity, FISA submissions (including renewals) before the FISC are classified. As such, the public’s confidence in the integrity of the FISA process depends on the court’s ability to hold the government to the highest standard–-particularly as it relates to surveillance of American citizens. However, the FISC’s rigor in protecting the rights of Americans, which is reinforced by 90-day renewals of surveillance orders, is necessarily dependent on the government’s production to the court of all material and relevant facts. This should include information potentially favorable to the target of the FISA application that is known by the government. In the case of Carter Page, the government had at least four independent opportunities before the FISC to accurately provide an accounting of the relevant facts. However, our findings indicate that, as described below, material and relevant information was omitted.

(1) The “dossier” compiled by Christopher Steele (Steele dossier) on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application. Steele was a longtime FBI source who was paid over $16,000 by the DNC and Clinton campaign, via the law firm Perkins Cole and research firm Fusion GPS, to obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.

a) Neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then known to senior DOJ and FBI officials.

b) The initial FISA application notes Steele was working for a named U.S. person, but does not name Fusion GPS and principal Glenn Simpson, who was paid by a U.S. law firm (Perkins Cole) representing the DNC (even though it was known by DOJ at the time that political actors were involved with the Steele dossier). The application does not mention Steele was ultimately working on behalf of—and paid by—the DNC and Clinton campaign, or that the FBI had separately authorized payment to Steele for the same information. [That means Steele, in addition to producing an egregiously flawed dossier on Trump, double-dipped!]

(2) The Carter Page FISA application also cited extensively a September 23, 2016, Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff, which focuses on Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow. This article does not corroborate the Steele dossier because it is derived from information leaked by Steele himself to Yahoo News. The Page FISA application incorrectly assesses that Steele did not directly provide information to Yahoo News. Steele has admitted in British court filings that he met with Yahoo News—and several other outlets—in September 2016 at the direction of Fusion GPS. Perkins Cole was aware of Steele’s initial media contacts because they hosted at least one meeting in Washington, D.C. in 2016 with Steele and Fusion GPS where this matter was discussed.

a) Steele was suspended and then terminated as an FBI source for what the FBI defines as the most serious of violations—an unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship to the FBI in an October 30, 2016, Mother Jones article by David Corn. Steele should have been terminated for his previous undisclosed contacts with Yahoo and other outlets in September—before the Page application was submitted to the FISC in October—but Steele improperly concealed from and lied to the FBI about those contacts.

b) Steele’s numerous encounters with the media violated the cardinal rule of source handling—maintaining confidentiality—and demonstrated that Steele had become a less than reliable source for the FBI.

(3) Before and after Steele was terminated as a source, he maintained contact with DOJ via then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, a senior DOJ official who worked closely with Deputy Attorneys General Yates and later Rosenstein. Shortly after the election, the FBI began interviewing Ohr, documenting his communications with Steele. For example, in September 2016, Steele admitted to Ohr his feelings against then-candidate Trump when Steele said he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.” This clear evidence of Steele’s bias was recorded by Ohr at the time and subsequently in official FBI files—but not reflected in any of the Page FISA applications.

a) During this time period, Ohr’s wife [Nellie Ohr] was employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump. Ohr later provided the FBI with all of his wife’s opposition research, paid for by the DNC and the Clinton campaign via Fusion GPS. The Ohrs’ relationship with Steele and Fusion GPS was inexplicably concealed from the FISC.

(4) According to the head of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, Assistant Director Bill Priestap, corroboration of the Steele dossier was in its “infancy” at the time of the initial Page FISA application. After Steele was terminated, a source validation report conducted by an independent unit within FBI assessed Steele’s reporting as only minimally corroborated. Yet, in early January 2017, Director Comey briefed President-elect Trump on a summary of the Steele dossier, even though it was—according to his June 2017 testimony—“salacious” and “unverified”. While the FISA application relied on Steele’s past record of credible reporting on other unrelated matters, it ignored or concealed his anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations. Furthermore, Deputy Director McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.

(5) The Page FISA application also mentions information regarding fellow Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, but there is no evidence of any cooperation or conspiracy between Page and Papadopoulos. The Papadopoulos information triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late 2016 by FBI agent Pete Strzok. Strzok was reassigned by the Special Counsel’s Office to FBI Human Resources for improper text messages with his mistress, FBI Attorney Lisa Page (no known relation to Carter Page), where they both demonstrated a clear bias against Trump and in favor of Clinton, whom Strzok had also investigated. The Strzok/Lisa Page texts also reflect extensive discussions about the investigation, orchestrating leaks to the media, and include a meeting with Deputy Director McCabe to discuss an “insurance” policy against President Trump’s election.

Here are the main points you need to know about the FISA memo:

(1) The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978 is a federal law that establishes procedures for the U.S. government’s physical and electronic surveillance of foreign powers and domestic (U.S.) agents of foreign powers suspected of espionage or terrorism. The Act created the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to oversee requests for surveillance warrants by federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

(2) To prevent abuse of FISA against U.S. citizens, FISA applications require the government to produce valid and unbiased documentation in support of the application.

(3) In October 2016, the Obama Administration made a FISA application to FISC to conduct electronic surveillance of an American citizen named Carter Page, who was at the time a volunteer advisor to the Trump presidential campaign.

(4) The validity of the Carter Page FISA application depended on two supporting documents:

  • A “dossier” compiled by a former British spook named Christopher Steele which claims that Trump was colluding with Russia, which meant Trump was a foreign (Russian) agent — thus triggering the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and justifying the government’s surveillance on Trump and members of his campaign team.
  • An article in Yahoo News by journalist Michael Isikoff.

(5) Both supporting documents are seriously flawed:

  • The Steele dossier’s information is tainted because:
    • The information in the dossier was unverified and unsubstantiated.
    • The dossier was politically motivated, paid for by the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign to be used as “opposition research” against Trump.
    • The dossier’s author, Christopher Steele, had made known to the DOJ (in the person of Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr) his political objections to and bias against Donald Trump — the subject of the dossier.
  • Michael Isikoff’s Yahoo News article is a duplicate of the Steele dossier because Isikoff’s source was none other than Christopher Steele. Since the Steele dossier is tainted, Isikoff’s article is also tainted.

(6) An individual involved in the Page FISA application, DOJ official Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, should have recused himself due to conflict of interest. Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, was working for Fusion GPS — the firm that hired Christopher Steele — to produce “opposition research” on Trump. All of this, however, was concealed from the FISC — information relevant to the FISC’s consideration of the Page FISA application.

(6) FBI agent Pete Strzok, who conducted a counterintelligence investigation of another Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, should have recused himself because of his bias against Trump, expressed in text messages to his mistress, another FBI agent named Lisa Page. To compound his misdeeds, Strzok then leaked information to the media, which was used to attack Trump.

(7) Similarly, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who signed the Page FISA application, should have recused himself because of his anti-Trump bias. McCabe had met with Bruce Ohr to discuss an “insurance policy” to ensure that Trump would not be elected President.

Lock Them Up!

The FISA memo shows that the Obama Administration abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to illicitly obtain court approval to conduct surveillance of at least one Trump team member, Carter Page, in violation of Page’s Fourth Amendment Constitutional rights.

This means that the following FBI and DOJ officials committed malfeasance when they certified, approved, and signed the FISA applications:

  1. FBI Director James Comey
  2. FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
  3. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates
  4. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
  5. Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente

~Eowyn

23 responses to “FISA Memo in text format. Lock them up!

  1. I’ve been watching reports online, and am crushed to see I’ve been giving the benefit of the doubt to Dems… thinking they were pursuing the BS dossier against Trump separately from either their charges of collusion of Team Trump with Russia, or, again, separately, their investigation into Russian election interference generally (hopefully with Republicans & independents, with a bi-partisan view toward protecting the American election process etc., rather than just saying it was Trump “stealing” the election).

    Turns out the Dems (and, I’m willing to bet, some old-school GOP and monied folk who didn’t want to concede power to a “non-Republican” Republican) used the dossier under false pretenses to get a FISA investigation ok’d to look at Trump and his campaign team with respect to the charges of collusion and Russian election interference — courtesy Team Trump. Seriously??? Is the hate that great?

    It was ALL a scam. At least from what I’ve seen so far.

    Which might be acceptable IF they thought Trump HAD done the watersports thing with Russian whores in Moscow, and the powers that be were afraid such activity would lead to Russians being able to use it against us later, especially in negotiations etc. with a Trump Administration. But the Left KNEW the dossier was bogus; they PAID for it via an ex-brit spy who used known Russian propaganda sources to pad it out with salacious trash.

    So now we know why they (Note – not just Dems, but also old-school GOP) said it would be “the end of the world” if the memo got out with its facts.
    Any good and decent American should, after coming to terms with what the memo shows us actually happened, never again vote for a partisan who was in on this. And they should question the very sanctity of our courts and intelligence community for having gone so partisan to deny an elected PotUS his victory.

    But I still want to see the Dem’s response to the memo… I think we can filter out the fact from fiction. I bet it incriminates them further. As for Yahoo news? lol… definitive fake news. Arrest Issikov.

    BTW, want some good entertainment? Watch Sally Yates’ recent interview (aired last weekend) with Doug Blackmon on American Forum (U of Va), a show which will be going off the air for good this March. He’s had some decent shows, but has gone left, and Yates’ performance was NOTHING like her “just the facts” congressional interview last year, where she (and Clapper) revealed there was “no collusion” (and the limited extent of what Flynn had actually done). She painted a very different, Trump-hostile picture on American Forum last week… unbelievable. Did they get to her?

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    • Soon fake news will be known as Yahoo News.

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    • I am going to continue with my belief that there is no difference between them and they both work for the same master. The “scam” is in believing otherwise.

      I never had a moment’s doubt that this is what they did. The memo proves it. There’s more, much more. My guess is that their biggest concern is that someone like Trump NEVER gets into office again. That’s how BAD Hillary was.

      They had this thing in the bag and control of the election results as well. With all of that she did SO badly that they couldn’t fix it without notice. So they went with “Plan B”. This was their “insurance policy”.

      First claim that the Russians (for the love of God) engineered this. Then go for impeachment. Possibly Article 25 proceedings. Anything.

      This began with Obongo. There has never been a filthier stooge in that position. Then when you gather in all his Chicago gangsta buddies and turn them loose, well, we’re seeing that now.

      These guys would make the Gambino’s blush.

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  2. Dr. Eowyn: Thank you for typing this memo into a text format. I copied and pasted part of this post onto my High Plains Drifter blog.

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  3. BTW, tremendous job on getting this to us, Dr. E!
    You deserve a Medal of Freedom for such hard, dedicated work.

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  4. All I see so far is a bunch of lackys getting into trouble. I want to see the big heads roll. BHO, HRC, WJC, Holder, Comey. They all knew everything that was going on. Ran it from the back room they did. Don’t get your hopes up that any of them will see club fed.

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  5. I don’t find a “(2)” in the typed copy. Should the paragraph that begins “The Carter Page FISA Application …” begin with (2)? In the Main Points portion, I find two “(5)”. Should the last paragraph be changed to “(6)”?

    I’m not asking this to be “picky.” In the past I have found that missing number/mis-numbered errors can indicate a copying error and material that has been accidentially left out. I very, very much appreciate your providing a typed copy of this memo for us.

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  6. Excellent overview…this is one huge scandalous mess, very much like the Teapot Dome scandal of the 1920s

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  7. Thank you, Dr. Eowyn, for typing this entire memo!

    According to the memo:

     October 21, 2016, DOJ and FBI sought and received a FISA probable cause 
     order on Carter Page.
    

    I’m wondering if anyone knows why this action was taken, since Mr. Page had already left the Trump campaign on September 26th. That alone should make it pretty clear that it wasn’t Mr. Page they were interested in. 😎

    Am I missing something?

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  8. And Wray just appointed Boente as General Counsel for the FBI

    http://m.washingtonexaminer.com/us-attorney-dana-boente-appointed-to-fbi-as-general-counsel/article/2646869

    If Wray doesn’t fire Boente after the memo release, he’s dirty too. Someone needs to start asking him what he’s going to do. Loudly and persistently.

    Hillary’s “we’ll hang from nooses” rampage was truly letting the truth slip in her drunken rage

    She sure did get Lauer canned. He was a cad, but the Clintons have dirt on everyone, and aren’t afraid to use it. Frightening how close she came to winning. Everything would have been buried. She’d have won in 2020 too, and loaded SCOTUS with radicals. The Republic would have been dead.

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    • That video… priceless. The ending was perfect. The re-iteration of… the importance of, “temperament and judgement”… it should be branded on all the leftist, sycophantic acolytes. It’s obviously impossible to merely brainwash them with such seemingly simple talking points.

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  9. I am absolutely convinced that the fight is on, and that Donald Trump is in a literal fight for his very life (whether he is “God’s Annointed” or not) and that the very Future of America hangs in the balance, even if all the antagonists die in their sleep tonight.
    President Trump is going to have to take DECISIVE ACTION IMMEDIATELY IF NOT SOONER. And he is going to have to order Attorney General Sessions to light a fire under his rear end or otherwise to GET LOST.

    I am NO FAN of the Patriot Act—I believe it is unconstitutional. But President Trump must make use of it while we have it. All the guilty parties should be declared ENEMY COMBATANTS of the United States and treated accordingly. He must take DECISIVE action and SWIFT action and publicly REBUKE anyone and everyone who gets in this Nation’s way.
    If he fails to do this, he will go down in flames. And Make No Mistake: I believe his enemies WILL “terminate” him PHYSICALLY. We cannot afford to go there.

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  10. Well, in the ironic words of Obama, yes, we can:

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  11. Of course:
    “Mainstream Media Outlets Banish Contents Of Republican Memo From Front Page Coverage,” by Rachel Stoltzfoos, The Federalist, 3 Feb 2018
    http://thefederalist.com/2018/02/03/mainstream-media-banishes-contents-of-gop-memo-from-front-page-coverage/

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  12. Here’s the FISA judge that approved the warrant:

    http://investmentwatchblog.com/whoa-they-just-exposed-the-fisa-judge/

    He’s another Obamanation. He installed him immediately before they did their application. As Dr. E says, they are criminals. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

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