‘INFORMATION SUBMITTED TO FISA COURT “NOT VETTED”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 16, 2019) — On Wednesday’s “Hannity,” investigative reporters John Solomon and Sara A. Carter reported that then-fourth-highest-ranking DOJ official Bruce Ohr told a number of DOJ and FBI officials that the “dossier” provided to the FISA court to otain four surveillance warrants on then-Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was an unverified, politically-created product paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign.
After Solomon and Carter reported their similar, respective pieces of the story, Fox News Legal Analyst Gregg Jarrett said that federal laws have been violated and that he was able to verify parts of former FBI Chief Counsel James Baker’s testimony to members of Congress last year.
The dossier was prepared by Christopher Steele, a British citizen and former MI6 agent, at the behest of Fusion GPS, whose work was commissioned by the Clinton campaign and DNC.
“Bruce Ohr warned the FBI that this information was not vetted,” Carter added at 9:22 p.m., referring to the dossier contents.
Ohr was demoted twice after he was judged to have been “operating outside of his chain of command,” The Epoch Times reported in August.
FBI policies state that documentation provided to the FISA court must be verified.
The three guests speculated that if attorney-general nominee William Barr is confirmed, there should be enough evidence for him to launch an investigation and that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should have investigated the FBI’s work after he and his team assumed the agency’s investigation into the Trump campaign.
Mueller’s deputy in the “Russia” investigation is DOJ attorney Andrew Weissman, who has a history of questionable prosecutions and has been accused of political bias. Weissman was one of the individuals Ohr warned about relying on the dossier, Solomon reported in a new column on Wednesday.
The FBI and its parent agency, the DOJ, are expected to conduct their work apolitically.
Another individual receiving the warning was then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Solomon said.
McCabe and Baker are not under criminal investigation for allegedly leaking information to the media in 2016, according to a letter sent to a U.S. attorney by House Oversight Committee ranking member Jim Jordan (R-OH) and The Washington Post, respectively.
In confirmation hearings Tuesday, Barr said that he does not believe Mueller is conducting a “witch hunt,” as Trump has often claimed of the investigation, and that his wife and Mueller’s wife have interacted socially for years. He also said that if confirmed, he would listen to the advice of ethics professionals within the DOJ regarding possible recusal over the Russia investigation, but did not guarantee he would consider that advice the final word.
Barr said that he knows the current Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, well and that he did not urge him to resign, which was reported recently. Rosenstein was one of four DOJ officials who signed the FISA applications for then-Trump campaign informal adviser Dr. Carter Page between October 2016 and June 2017.
Solomon’s new column is here.
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.