A just released document from the Senate Judiciary committee may actually shed more light on the Obama era malfeasance that seems to have infected our intelligence community.
While everyone was paying attention to the release of the House Intelligence Committee’s memo on FISA Abuses, the Senate Judiciary committee was preparing to release a similar memo that provides even more insight into the collusion between the Obama administration’s intelligence community, the Clinton campaign, and … Russia.
From Byron York at the Washington Examiner:
A newly released document from the Senate Judiciary Committee says Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the Trump dossier, wrote an additional memo on the subject of Donald Trump and Russia that was not among those published by BuzzFeed in January 2017.
The newly released document is an unclassified and heavily redacted version of the criminal referral targeting Steele filed on Jan. 4 by Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. It appears to confirm some level of coordination between the extended Clinton circle and the Obama administration in the effort to seek damaging information about then-candidate Trump.
According to the referral, Steele wrote the additional memo based on anti-Trump information that originated with a foreign source. In a convoluted scheme outlined in the referral, the foreign source gave the information to an unnamed associate of Hillary and Bill Clinton, who then gave the information to an unnamed official in the Obama State Department, who then gave the information to Steele. Steele wrote a report based on the information, but the redacted version of the referral does not say what Steele did with the report after that.
Those left-leaning news sources argue that Trump supporters are trying (wrongly) to tie the John Kerry-led State Department to British agent Michael Steele and the Trump Dossier, but the reality is that there is much more connecting Steele to the Obama administration and the Clinton campaign than they’d like to admit.
This part, however, hints at evidence of political bias within those big, dark blocks:
That allegation looks more straightforward than in the Nunes memo. The names are redacted, but Byron mentions Cody Shearer, a Clintonista who did his own dirt-digging on Trump. The FBI apparently used that dossier too, despite its lack of credibility and Shearer’s lack of experience in intelligence matters. Shearer claimed to have found a source within the FSB, but it’s far more likely that Russian intelligence had discovered Shearer as a conduit to the Clintons and fed him disinformation, manipulating him into getting the Obama administration involved in an effort to investigate Trump.
The Judiciary Committee clearly has concerns whether the Russians played Steele for a chump too, and for the same purpose. The referral notes that Steele admitted that he received “unsolicited intelligence” that he included in the dossier:
Small wonder that Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham don’t put much stock into either dossier. They see both men as “vulnerable to manipulation,” both before and after the election.
Mostly, though, the referral makes a better case that the continuing FISA extensions on Carter Page might have fatal flaws if the FBI kept using Steele’s work, even after it became known that he’d lied to the FBI.
The Senate memo does a better job connecting dots than the Nunes/Gowdy crafted House memo, even if it still doesn’t prove any malfeasance.
There is enough evidence between these two memos and the available reporting, even from left-leaning sources, to show that the FBI did not handle the investigation into the Trump team in their usual manner. At the very least, they acted immorally and unlawfully when dealing with the FISA process, particularly in the case of low-level Trump supporter Carter PAge.
Here’s the memo for you to peruse: