On Friday, House Republicans led by Chairman Devin Nunes (CA) released a highly controversial memo, detailing that Senior officials at the FBI and Department of Justice abused their powers to spy on President Trump’s campaign.
Now, According to The Washington Post:
‘The court that approved surveillance of a former campaign adviser to President Trump was aware that some of the information underpinning the warrant request was paid for by a political entity, although the application did not specifically name the Democratic National Committee or the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the matter.’
The now-declassified Nunes memo “alleged that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was duped into approving the wiretap request by a politicized FBI and Justice Department.” The memo went on to detail a “troubling breakdown of legal processes” related to the government’s wiretapping of former Trump aide Carter Page.
The memo’s main allegation though is that The Justice Department failed to disclose a source’s political bias. One anonymous official said:
‘The Justice Department made “ample disclosure of relevant, material facts” to the court that revealed “the research was being paid for by a political entity.”‘
The source went on to say:
‘No thinking person who read any of these applications would come to any other conclusion but that” the work was being undertaken “at the behest of people with a partisan aim and that it was being done in opposition to Trump.’
Matthew G. Olsen, former deputy assistant attorney general for national security who oversaw the Justice Department’s FISA program from 2006 to 2009, spoke about how wiretapping warrants are typically handled:
‘We didn’t put in every fact, but we put in enough facts to allow the court to judge bias and motive and credibility of the sourcing.’
Olsen said that the Republican memo:
‘is unconvincing and one-sided. It raises more questions than it answers.’
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