House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) has lead the charge in exposing the possible abuses the FBI has engaged in with regard to their activities within the FISA courts and his latest reveal lends much more credibility to those claims. In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, obtained by Fox News, Devin Nunes accuses the FBI of violating criminal statutes coupled with violations of FBI protocol as outlined in the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DIOG).
DIOG was created by the FBI in coordination with the Department of Justice and specifically describes the standards evidence must meet in order to be introduced to the FISA courts.
In the latest version of DIOG to be published it states the following, “accuracy of information is of the utmost importance… Only documented and verified information may be used to support FBI applications to the court.”
“Documented and verified information” is the standard by which evidence should meet however, we know that not to be the case in the FBI’s pursuit of an electronic surveillance warrant on Carter Page, a onetime Trump campaign aide. The surveillance warrant on Carter Page was granted in October of 2016. James Comey, then Director of the FBI, in his June 2017 testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee stated that the dossier was “salacious and unverified.” The timeline displays a glaring inconsistency that demands an explanation.
Nunes wrote the following in his letter to the Attorney General, which was also sent to FBI Director Christopher Wray and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz:
“Former and current DOJ and FBI leadership have confirmed to the committee that unverified information from the Steele dossier comprised an essential part of the FISA applications related to Carter Page.”
Nunes also lists a number of criminal statutes he seeks to have investigated in order to uncover any possible violations. Those statutes include conspiracy, contempt of court, and obstruction of justice. Nunes also cites two laws pertaining to every American’s protections against “unreasonable search and seizure,” as outlined in the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.
This report is follows on the heels of Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcing an investigation into the allegations of FISA abuse that have been leveled by Republicans in both chambers of Congress. In that announcement the Attorney General acknowledged that the Inspector General is currently probing the circumstances of the Carter Page surveillance warrant.
President Trump expressed dismay with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to drop the FISA abuse investigation onto the Inspector General, Michael Horowitz. The Inspector General’s Office has a history of dragging their feet on many investigations and President Trump seems to have wanted to see a more streamlined investigation get under way, possibly headed by lawyers at the DOJ and overseen by Jeff Sessions.