Graham: FBI ‘misled’ Senate about Steele dossier
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says that the FBI lied to committee members during Senate hearings about the reliability of the Steele dossier and that the most likely candidate for jail time in the criminal investigation of the Russian collusion investigation is the former head of the FBI, James Comey.
“Somebody needs to go to jail for this. This is a second lie. This is a second crime. They lied to the FISA court [previously],” Graham told Fox’s Maria Bartiromo on her Sunday show, “Sunday Morning Futures” according to the Wall Street Journal.
FBI officials said in testimony before the Senate Intel Committee that they had no reason to doubt the authenticity of information that was in the infamous Steele dossier that was the basis of the investigation.
“And they did to the Senate Intel Committee what they did to the FISA court. They misled the hell out of them. They said there’s no evidence from the subsource to suggest that Steele fabricated anything in the dossier,” Graham said.
New information says that the FBI had plenty of doubts about the veracity of the narrative contained in the Steele dossier, but those doubts would have made getting a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on the Trump campaign more difficult if not impossible if it had been revealed to the FISA court.
New notes from testimony reveal that the FBI told Senate investigators that the dossier was free of fabrications and that it “utilized reasonably sound intelligence tradecraft” in making assertions.
“None of this was true,” the Wall Street Journal reports, “as the FBI had known for roughly a year before the date on the document.”
The Office of Inspector General says that interviews with “subsources” that helped inform that dossier contradicted and raised questions about allegations in the report.
“For example, ‘the Primary Sub-source made statements during [his] January 2017 FBI interview that were inconsistent with multiple sections of the Steele reports, including some that were relied upon in the FISA applications,’” says the WSJ.
The Journal notes that it’s bad enough that FBI agents spied on a political campaign, but they also covered it up after dragging the country through a long national nightmare.
“Federal surveillance of political opponents–followed by an FBI coverup—cannot go unpunished if we want to preserve liberty and free elections,” says the Journal.
The target for criminal investigation is likely disgraced former FBI head James Comey, who was fired over mishandling classified information and whose termination was the impetus behind the Trump impeachment fiasco.
“Everybody’s throwing Comey under the bus,” Graham told Fox News. “When I asked Sally Yates about the interview with Michael Flynn, orchestrated by Comey — Was that okay? Was the proper? — she said no, it was rogue.
“So you’ve got Rosenstein, now Sally Yates, saying if they knew then what they know now they wouldn’t sign the warrant application, which means they’re running away from Crossfire Hurricane, they’re dumping it all on Comey, and that’s probably the right thing to do,” Graham concluded.
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