The White House released a letter to Chairman Devin Nunes about his memo which disclosed malfeasance by the FBI. The letter clearly explained President Trump’s constitutional authority to declassify the memo.
The second paragraph states: “The Constitution vests the President with the authority to protect national security secrets from disclosure. As the Supreme Court has recognized, it is the President’s responsibility to classify, declassify, and control access to information bearing on our intelligence sources and methods and national defense. See, e.g., Dep’t of Navy v Egan, 484 U.S. 518, 527 (1988).”
A footnote confirms that George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama used their executive authority to declassify information.
The fourth paragraph had these important statements about the “established standards governing the handling of classified information….” The letter points out that “Those standards permit declassification when the public interest in disclosure outweighs any need to protect the information. The White House review process also included input from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice.”
The standards for a FISA warrant require that the FBI and/or Justice Department disclose “information favorable to the target of the FISA application.” There was no favorable evidence submitted about Carter Page (former advisor to President Trump). This was the first omission.
The second omission was the hiding that the author of the dossier, Christopher Steele, was paid over $160,000 to produce the dossier by Democratic Nation Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign. According to the Nunes Memo, the Justice Department and FBI knew about Steele being funded by these political entities but hid this information when applying for the FISA warrants.
Next is the fact that British court filings confirm that Steele covertly leaked dossier information to news organizations to get them to print or broadcast his information. The purpose was to make it appear that they were verifying his dossier when in fact they were merely reporting what he told them.
Another omission was the number of FBI officials who were hiding political ties to the Clinton campaign. Bruce Ohr and Andrew McCabe, for example, had spouses who were paid by the DNC and Clinton campaign committee. Ohr’s wife was employed by Fusion GPS to obtain opposition research against Trump. McCabe’s wife was running for a political office in Virginia and was receiving large sums from the DNC and Clinton campaign committee. This was nefariously not mentioned in the various FISA applications but should have been because it was the law.
According to FBI files, Steele “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.” Since the dossier was the main source for the FISA application, the political bias of Christopher Steele should have been reported in the FISA application. Instead, it was conveniently left out.
All of these omissions could not be innocent accidents. They were part of a deliberate plan to destroy Trump’s campaign and if he did become president, to discredit him. Andrew McCabe, Deputy Director of the FBI, admitted in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in 2017 that “no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.”
As reported in my previous blog, people should remember that DNC chairperson Donna Brazile in her book Hack wrote that the Clinton campaign conspired with the DNC to make sure Bernie Sanders did not get the presidential nomination. So there is a history of collusion by the DNC and the Clinton campaign to insure Hillary Clinton got the nomination and the Presidency. Add the Nunes revelations and you can see how the top leaders of the FBI tried to stack the deck against Trump by illegally omitting vital information given to the FISA court.