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Lindsey Graham Vows FISA Abuse Answers

Leave it up to good ol Lindsey Graham to have the presidents and America’s back.  It would seem he has had enough and will be opening an investigation into possible FISA abuse.

He has vowed that he will get to the bottom of the situation.

And if that isn’t enough to get your blood pumping, it appears he will be investigating Obama and Hillary as to what they knew and when they knew it.

If I were them I would be in total panic mode right now.

From the Washington Examiner last week:

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., reignited the investigation into alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse on Thursday, demanding from the Justice Department a wide array of documentation related to the surveillance of Carter Page and other members of the 2016 Trump campaign.

The latest salvo in a long-running fight for access to documents, the GOP-led, bicameral effort was weakened when the Democrats ensnared control of the House with no intention of continuing the hunt. But Republican leaders see new hope in new Attorney General William Barr.

In a letter addressed to Barr, who took over the DOJ last month, Graham made targeted document requests that he said will help his committee determine whether proper procedure was ignored when the FBI made its case for FISA warrants to wiretap Page and other Trump campaign officials.

“[T]he Committee is concerned that the Woods procedures and a full presentment of material and relevant facts may not have occurred with regard to the applications for FISA warrants for (and the opening of the underlying investigations on) Carter Page and other individuals associated with the presidential campaign of Donald Trump,” Graham wrote.

Enacted in 2001, the Woods Procedures were intended to protect U.S. citizens from improper surveillance by the government, seeking to “ensure accuracy with regard to the facts supporting probable cause.”

Graham, along with other Republicans, have been engaged in a push for documents on the FISA process for years, pointing to the use of the so-called Trump dossier, which contained unverified claims about Trump’s ties to Russia, by government officials to gain spy authority.

 

For anyone who has been following the FISA story, the requesting for documents is nothing new.

What does appear new though is that Graham is taking it up a notch.

He is promising to bring the real guilty parties to justice.

And then there was this from over at the Washington Times:

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings into alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses that enabled the Justice Department to spy on Carter Page, the committee chairman promised Thursday.

“I promise everyone in the country that, in the Senate, we are going to have hearings on the FISA process,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican.

Mr. Graham has been pushing for documents on the FISA process for two years. Republicans have said the FISA warrant is a proof of an anti-Trump bias among the FBI and Justice Department.

“Did they take what was apparently a molehill of evidence against Trump to open up an investigation as an insurance policy in case he won? I don’t know, but what I’ve heard bothers the hell out of me,” he said at speech before the Heritage Foundation.

“We are going to get the bottom of that as best we can,” Mr. Graham said.

The promise for a hearing comes just days after Mr. Graham demanded the Justice Department had over a wide array of documents related to the FISA warrant. Republicans have charged the warrant is based on the so-called Steele dossier.

The dossier, authored by ex-British spy Christopher Steele, contains salacious and unverified claims about Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia.

Mr. Graham said he intends to ask top FBI and Justice Department officials about the dossier’s role in granting the government the authority to spy on Mr. Page. Among his proposed questions is whether the warrant could have been obtained without the dossier, he said.

 

The FISA Abuse appears to be far-reaching and also may have included more than just the media focused alleged collusion aimed at Trump.

It also appears as though investigators were taking shots in the dark, and whomever they hit upon, it appeared that they would begin an investigation.

Finally, it looked like once they started their initial investigation and realized they had nothing to find, it appeared as though they continued to turn over every rock in Washington, in what many have said was a desperate bid to find something, and then worry about linking it to Trump’s campaign at a later date.

 

And finally from over at The Hill:

If President Trump declassifies evidence in the Russia investigation, Carter Page’s summer bike ride to a Virginia farm and George Papadopoulos’s hasty academic jaunt to London may emerge as linchpin proof of FBI surveillance abuses during the 2016 election.

The two trips have received scant attention. But growing evidence suggests both Trump campaign advisers made exculpatory statements — at the very start of the FBI’s investigation — that undercut the Trump-Russia collusion theory peddled to agents by Democratic sources.

The FBI plowed ahead anyway with an unprecedented intrusion into a presidential campaign, while keeping evidence of the two men’s innocence from the courts.

Page and Papadopoulos, who barely knew each other, met separately in August and September 2016 with Stefan Halper, the American-born Cambridge University professor who, the FBI told Congress, worked as an undercover informer in the Russia case.

Papadopoulos was the young aide that the FBI used to justify opening a probe into the Trump campaign on July 31, 2016, after he allegedly told a foreign diplomat that he knew Russia possessed incriminating emails about Hillary Clinton.

Page, a volunteer campaign adviser, was the American the FBI then targeted on Oct. 21, 2016, for secret surveillance while investigating Democratic Party-funded allegations that he secretly might have coordinated Russia’s election efforts with the Trump campaign during a trip to Moscow.

To appreciate the significance of the two men’s interactions with Halper, one must understand the rules governing the FBI when it seeks a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant such as the one secured against Page.

First, the FBI must present evidence to FISA judges that it has verified and that comes from intelligence sources deemed reliable. Second, it must disclose any information that calls into question the credibility of its sources. Finally, it must disclose any evidence suggesting the innocence of its investigative targets.

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