“WE’RE LOOKING AT IT VERY SERIOUSLY RIGHT NOW”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Sep. 5, 2018) — Investigative journalist Sara A. Carter reported Wednesday that the “20 pages” of documentation requested by the House Intelligence Committee reportedly containing “exculpatory information” not provided to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) may be declassified by the president this week.
On Tuesday evening, Carter was a guest on “Hannity,” during which she reported that the committee is expecting the release of the key 20 pages “within days.”
Her latest article states that her sources have informed her that “President Trump is expected to declassify the redacted 20 pages of documents from the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant that have still not been made public, which allowed the FBI to spy on short-term campaign volunteer Carter Page.”
Page was a foreign-policy advisor to the 2016 Trump campaign whose communications were collected by the FBI and the Justice Department between October 2016 and June 2017 after obtaining warrants from the FISC. However, the court was not informed that the bulk of the evidence it was presented consisted of a “dossier” of unverified information assembled as opposition research and paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign.
Page has denied any wrongdoing and specifically, the FBI’s accusation that he was an agent of the Russian government. He has not been charged with a crime.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has previously said that the FBI neglected to provide to the court “exculpatory evidence” which he appears to believe might have altered the court’s decision to approve the surveillance and violated the FBI’s own rules.
Carter additionally wrote Wednesday that the Justice Department has been attempting to prevent the declassification of the documents in question.
The House Intel Committee and at least two others have been seeking documentation on the Hillary Clinton private email server probe, the justification for the launching of a counterintelligence operation into the Trump campaign and within that, why the FBI and DOJ believed they needed to collect Page’s communications.
Sara Carter additionally referenced an interview between Trump and The Daily Caller in which Trump said of the possible declassification of the documents, “…we’re looking at it very seriously right now because the things that have gone on are so bad, so bad. I mean they were surveilling my campaign. If that happened on the other foot, they would’ve considered that treasonous. They would’ve considered that spying at the highest level.”
When on March 4, 2017, Trump tweeted that his campaign was “wiretapped,” the mainstream media collectively guffawed and criticized Trump for failing to present “evidence.”
Trump also told The DC that he believes the “Russia” investigation currently led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is “illegal.”
Trump has denied all allegations of “collusion” between anyone in his campaign, including himself, and Kremlin operatives.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.