The controversial House Intelligence Committee memo was released Friday morning and includes allegations that the FBI and Department of Justice used the Trump-Russia dossier compiled by Christopher Steele to obtain warrants to maintain surveillance on former Trump associate Carter Page.
The memo details information received by the House Intelligence Committee and claims the man behind the dossier was “passionately” anti-Trump:
The memo reads in part:
Steele admitted to [former FBI Deputy Attorney General Bruce] Ohr his feelings against then-candidate Trump when Steele said he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.”
Ohr’s wife reportedly worked for the company that hired Steele to produce the dossier — which relied on Russian sources. The dossier has been described as “unverified” and “salacious” by former FBI Director James Comey.
“Salacious” and “unverified” though it may be, the dossier was allegedly an “essential” piece of information used to get the warrant to maintain surveillance on the Page, according to the memo.
Some Republicans were first persuaded that anti-Trump bias was shown by the investigators, most notably Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
The memo claims that the provenance of the dossier — which was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC — was never explained to the FISA court.
In the stated purpose of the memo, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said the evidence raised concerns about the “legitimacy and legality of certain DOJ and FBI interactions with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) and ... represent a tremendous breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses related to the FISA process."
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