The central figure in the controversy over the FBI’s exploitation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump praised the House Permanent Select Committee for its four-page memorandum detailing FBI FISA abuses.
“The brave and assiduous oversight by Congressional leaders in discovering this unprecedented abuse of process represents a giant, historic leap in the repair of America’s democracy,” said Carter W. Page, an American citizen, a former Navy officer and a foreign policy volunteer for the Trump campaign.
Page was also a senior national security aide to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D.-N.Y.), who helped the senator in his effort to disband the CIA.
According to the memo, the Justice Department and the FBI secured a surveillance warrant from the FISA court to monitor Page Oct. 21, 2016. Because Page is a citizen, the warrant was good for 90 days, and could only be extended upon new findings of probable cause.
The probable cause the DOJ and FBI presented to the FISA judge drew heavily from the so-called “Steele Dossier,” an opposition research file on Trump developed by Christopher Steele, a veteran of British intelligence service, on a contract with Fusion GPS.
Steele was paid $160,000 by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary R. Clinton’s presidential campaign, through the Democratic-aligned law firm Perkins Coie, according to the memo. Steele met with Fusion GPS at the Washington offices of Perkins Coie, where the dossier was discussed.
The memo also describes how the FBI used Steele as a source until he worked with Mother Jones magazine for an article posted Oct. 31, 2016–and how this cooperation with the magazine led the FBI to stop paying Steele a source.
In September 2016, Steele told Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr that he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.”
Not only was this bias reported to the FISA court, but the court was never told that Ohr’s wife Nellie worked for Steele’s client Fusion GPS.
Page, who is traveling in Europe, told Big League Politics he was jammed up by the attention the memo’s release has brought.
“Now that a few of the misdeeds against the Trump Movement have been partially revealed,” he said. “I look forward to updating my pending legal action in opposition to DOJ this weekend in preparation for Monday’s next small step on the long, potholed road toward helping to restore law and order in our great country.”
Page’s legal action is the 400-page defamation lawsuit against media outlets that ran false stories about his interactions with the Russians, based on the dossier.
Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen is suing the Buzzfeed website and Fusion GPS because of stories about him found in the dossier that Buzzfeed posted and asserted were true.
President Trump Rules Out Deploying Troops to Restore Order, Even as Riots Show No Signs of Slowing Down
Trump has opted to not show strength in the face of this crisis.
Just one day after President Donald Trump said he was willing to send military forces into states across the country to put down riots, he is reportedly backing off of the idea.
According to administration officials, Trump is happy with the result of yesterday’s enforcement measures during the riots – which included law enforcement officials being shot and police getting hit by SUVs. He will not be using the Insurrection Act to put troops on the streets to restore order anytime soon.
“The law is absolutely still on the table if things get really bad, but as of now he doesn’t think it’s going to have to go that far,” an administration official said to Axios.
“As President Trump has said, we cannot allow the voices of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by angry mobs, which is why the President will continue to take lawful, decisive action to stop the violence and restore the security of all Americans,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.
Trump made the pivot after RINO Republicans whined about his harsh rhetoric as the country burns due to extreme left-wing riots.
“I don’t think the Pentagon’s keen on getting brought into this unless they absolutely have to. We need to restore order, but using active duty military troops in circumstances like this is a fairly rare occurrence,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Tuesday.
“I would prefer that these things be handled by the state and local authorities,” Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said. “You want to de-escalate, rather than escalate.”
Yesterday, Trump declared that he would show zero tolerance for any more rioting and looting in the streets:
President Donald Trump announced tonight that he will deploy military force in cities that are gripped by riots if blue-state governors do not get their acts in order and do so soon.
“My first and highest duty as president is to defend our great country and the American people,” Trump said in his speech. “I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation and that is exactly what I will do.”
Trump made it clear that he is an “ally of all peaceful protesters” who are protesting about injustices committed against George Floyd, who died during a police encounter with former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. However, Trump will not allow the rioters to disgrace Floyd’s memory with their looting and wanton property destruction.
Trump announced that he would deploy “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers” in order to restore order in American cities. These forces could be deployed as soon as tonight considering how blue-state governors have done so poorly at keeping their states safe.
Earlier in the day, Trump had criticized governors throughout the country for their “weak” response to the growing violence.
President Trump has backed off at least temporarily from his boasts, showing yet again that his bark is much worse than his bite.
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