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WHAT DID HE SAY THEN…AS COMPARED TO NOW?
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 19, 2019) — On today’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Rep. Doug Collins, ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, told host Maria Bartiromo that the transcript of former FBI Acting Director and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe “will be released” along with a number of others in the near future.
On April 29, Collins told “Hannity” host Sean Hannity that as many as 53 more transcripts may be forthcoming.
The transcripts emanate from closed-door interviews from 2017 and 2018 between former FBI and DOJ officials and members of the House Oversight & Government Reform and Judiciary Committees as a result of their probing of the origins of the Trump-Russia “collusion” narrative and subsequent FBI counterintelligence operation into the Trump campaign.
After FBI Director James Comey was fired on May 9, 2017, the FBI’s Trump investigation was turned over to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who assembled a team of left-leaning prosecutors said to have been highly aggressive in their questioning of Trump associates and former policy advisers such as George Papadopoulos.
As a result of a DOJ inspector general report released last June, McCabe was criminally-referred to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia on the allegation that he lied during interviews about leaking to the media. McCabe has denied the charges and sued the Justice Department over his termination in March of last year, just before he expected to receive a lifetime retirement package.
Earlier this year, Collins released transcripts from Former FBI General Counsel James Baker, who is reportedly under investigation for media leaks and is now speaking out about Comey; former FBI Counsel to the Deputy Director (McCabe) Lisa Page; former Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok, who was fired from the FBI last August; former fourth-highest-ranking DOJ official Bruce Ohr, who met with Trump-Russia “dossier” author Christopher Steele on several occasions and passed Steele’s information on Trump to an FBI contact even after Steele was terminated as an FBI confidential human informant; and Ohr’s wife Nellie, who for a time worked for Fusion GPS, which employed Steele to assemble the dossier on behalf of the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign.
It is been reported that McCabe asserted that without the dossier, four successive FISA warrants could not have been applied for on former Trump informal advisor Carter Page, whose communications were monitored for a year. Both FBI and DOJ officials stated to the court evaluating the applications that the evidence they presented in the form of the dossier was “verified.”
In contrast, Comey told FNC’s Bret Baier last year that there existed “a broader mosaic of facts” constituting the evidence that surveillance of Carter Page was necessary.
In his October 2018 testimony, Baker admitted that McCabe opened an “obstruction” investigation into Trump as a result of his having fired Comey, McCabe’s boss. According to RealClearPolitics on March 9, “Two days after then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe formally put President Trump under criminal investigation in May 2017, bureau officials reached out to the author of the controversial ‘Steele dossier’ for more information, even though they had fired him for misconduct six months earlier.”