So who is continuing to stall action on the Russia probe at this point? It seems there’s still “swamp” to be drained and entrenched forces that don’t want all of this exposed.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) revealed that he’s been denied access to interview an FBI agent and an FBI analyst who were involved in interviewing the chief source for Christopher Steele’s dossier in January of 2017. It was during that interview that the source discredited the dossier allegations calling them gossip and barroom talk.
Despite the fact that the source disputed the allegations in the dossier, the FBI didn’t tell the court about the exculpatory information when they used the dossier to get FISA warrants against Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
From Daily Caller:
“I made a request to interview the case agent and the intel analyst…and they’re denying me the ability to do that,” Graham said in an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“I’m going to keep working the system,” Graham said. [….]
“The question is, did the case agent and intel agent refuse to tell the system about exculpatory information? Does the fault lie with two or three people, or was it a system out of control?” Graham said on Fox News.
“Here’s what I think. Every time there was a stop sign for Carter Page or Flynn, the system moved forward because the people at the top did not want to stop.”
In other words, why didn’t they tell the FISA court and were they shut down from doing so by anyone else? Not to mention that knowing it was all a bunch of garbage why did they continue with it, except for tryin to spy on and undermine the Trump campaign?
Graham said he intended to call former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to grill them over that question.
“I find it hard to believe that McCabe and Comey did not know that the Russian subsource told the FBI in January, ‘oh, by the way, the documents you’re using to get a warrant against Carter Page, the Steele dossier, it’s a bunch of hearsay, bar talk and garbage,’” Graham said.
The agent was Stephen Somma, a counterintelligence investigator in the FBI’s New York field office. Graham also wants to interview one of two DOJ officials, David Laufman, who were in on the interview as well.
FBI Director Christopher Wray either doesn’t seem to be able to take hold of his own bureau or he doesn’t want to.
#FISA Another key moment from this week’s Senate hearing: Rosenstein pressed for evidence backing “scope” memo that set boundaries for Special Counsel @LindseyGrahamSC “Why did we have the Mueller investigation at all, if we had concluded they weren't working with the Russians?” pic.twitter.com/fNtdGMYKH8
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) June 5, 2020
There was no “there there” by January 2017, yet we still got the Mueller investigation and three years of Democrats and media stoking division.