On Thursday, newly released interviews from Justice Department official Bruce Ohr show that the FBI was warned that the dossier produced by British intelligence agent Christopher Steele was faulty. The Steele dossier was used as the bedrock for claims that the Trump campaign was aligned with Russia.
Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign funded Steele’s dossier, and much of the evidence in the report was unfounded.
Still, the report was used by the FBI to obtain FISA warrants that were then used to spy on members of the Trump campaign.
Ohrs interviews revealed that the agency was warned about the potential bias in Steele’s work, but opted to use the evidence anyway to target Trump’s campaign.
During an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Graham explained that Ohr’s interview highlights the “common theme” of political bias within the investigation into President Trump’s campaign. 0:26
Watch Graham’s comments:
“This is the tip of the iceberg. I know personally, there’s a lot more out there and the word that keeps coming up is ‘bias.’ The people investigating Clinton wanted her to win and Trump to lose. The people who started the investigation against President Trump wanted him to lose and her to win. The chief source of the FISA warrant was Mr. Steele who hated Trump’s guts. So there’s a common theme here that the investigation of Trump was very biased and the fact that [former FBI Deputy Director Andrew] McCabe has sued is very interesting to me. It gives me a chance as the chairman of the committee to look into whether or not the FBI acted inappropriately towards Mr. McCabe or was it his fault that he got fired? I will look into that.”
Graham also noted that, as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he plans to find out if the FBI declined to press charges against Clinton for storing classified emails on her personal server because they wanted her to win the 2016 presidential election.