On Oct. 28, 2013, President Barack Obama and James Comey participate in the installation ceremony for Mr. Comey as FBI director at the bureau’s Washington headquarters. PHOTO: CHARLES DHARAPAK/ASSOCIATED PRESS
In part 1 (of 5) of this series, this writer questioned the role of the State Department in the Trump/Russia collusion hoax. Once the ball got rolling based primarily upon the salacious and uncorroborated and, in some cases, false Steele dossier, it became a steamroller express. And what better way to take advantage of the situation than to take advantage of a FISA court warrant application? Enter James Comey, FBI director, stage left.
In October 2016, Comey signed the first of three FISA warrants against Carter Page, a low-level Trump campaign adviser who, we find out, was more concerned about padding his resume than colluding with Russians to sway an election. A FISA warrant lasts 90 days and there were two renewals after the initial one signed by Comey. Even after the contents of the dossier became highly questionable, the dossier was nevertheless used as justification for the initial FISA warrant and subsequent renewals. It must be reiterated that during this time, some media outlets were aware of the dossier and its contents, but they dared not tread where the FBI rushed. The reason was simple: they could not independently corroborate many of the charges and details of the Steele dossier. That is a sad commentary on Comey’s FBI that the media which hated Trump did more due diligence than the top law enforcement organization in the country. Yet, we are admonished that we must have respect for the FBI.
Comey continued to rely on the Steele dossier despite being only “minimally corroborated” at best according to FBI officials questioned by Congress. In what may be a classic case of “every man for himself,” one key scumbag in this saga is Bruce Ohr. This long-time Justice Department official stated under oath that he had personally informed the FBI that the Steele dossier was largely “hearsay” and could not be used as tangible evidence. This determination by Ohr came before Comey used the dossier as key justification for a FISA warrant, yet apparently Comey ignored this advice.
Ohr had also testified that at the time of the warning to the FBI about the validity of the Steele dossier, he was aware that it was tied to financing by the Clinton campaign. This seems logical since at the time, Nellie Ohr, his wife, worked for Fusion GPS which had hired Steele in the first place. He told Congressional investigators that at the time before Comey went to the FISA court he (1) knew the source of financing for the dossier, (2) that his wife worked for Fusion GPS at the time, (3) that the dossier was biased against Trump, and (4) that Steele was “desperate that Trump not get elected.”
According to Congressional testimony and redacted versions of the FISA warrant, Comey never specifically noted that the dossier was paid for by an opposition political party. Neither did the application mention any FBI reservations about the validity of Steele’s findings, nor his apparent opposition to Trump. The application did state that the “FBI speculates” that Steele “was likely looking for information that could be used to discredit” Trump. This is a far cry from revealing that the Clinton campaign was financing the entire opposition research through a law firm.
This talk of FBI “speculation” is at serious odds with Ohr’s testimony and rendition of events. He had informed, if one is to take Ohr at his word, that he advised the FBI of possible bias in the compilation of the dossier, and that Steele himself was personally biased against Trump. Someone is lying, but there was so much lying that it is difficult to determine who told the biggest lie.
Of course, the bottom line is that Comey kept silent from the FISA court key information that would have cast doubt on the possibility of probable cause to issue the warrant. In other words, through sleight of hand and key phraseology, Comey essentially and intentionally kept the FISA court in the dark about key facts regarding the Steele dossier that was used as justification for the investigation and the Page warrant.
The House Intelligence Committee determined after exhaustive investigation that the FBI did not disclose to the FISA court that the Steele dossier was funded by the Clinton campaign. When the Republicans on the committee released a statement to this effect, the Democrats issued a rebuttal that actually confirmed this fact. In a footnote to the FISA warrant request, the FBI fails to reveal the extent of involvement by the DNC and Clinton campaign. Instead, they state the “FBI speculates” someone was looking for dirt on Trump and they- the FBI- just happened upon it. However, we know that the FBI and State Department knew about this dossier well before the FISA application and that at least Ohr had been questioning its validity. Of course, there is always the possibility Ohr is trying to change the narrative as regards Bruce Ohr, but it must be reiterated that Comey went to the FISA court seeking a warrant based on uncorroborated allegations against a candidate in a presidential election campaign.
In an effort to bolster his case for a FISA warrant, Comey cited a Yahoo News article about Carter Page making a visit to Moscow. The FISA warrant application made a false assessment that Steele was not the source of that Yahoo article. In other words, Comey was using the Yahoo News article as corroboration of a detail in the Steele dossier. Yet Steele himself admitted in court documents in Great Britain that in September 2016 he had met several times with Yahoo News at the direction of Fusion GPS. Further, Perkins Coie was aware of these meetings between Steele and Yahoo News because they hosted a meeting in 2016 where the Page trip to Moscow was discussed.
Once again, we are confronted with clear evidence that the FBI under James Comey was either biased, inept or both. I will end this article as I ended the first: James Comey is a piece of horse s***.