President Trump declassified and released the now-famous FISA memo in the wild on Friday morning, despite fierce opposition from the Department of Justice and the FBI. The Washington Examiner reported earlier:
“The Steele [Peegate] dossier formed an essential part of the initial and all three renewal FISA applications against [Trump adviser] Carter Page. [Former FBI Deputy Director] Andrew McCabe confirmed that no FISA warrant would have been sought from the FISA Court without the Steele dossier information.”
The FISA memo can be read in full by clicking here. The key findings in the declassified document, which is based on FBI and DOJ intelligence are:
-the information from the Steele-dossier (Christopher Steele is a former MI6 operative), also known as Pissgate, an opposition research file actually, paid by the Clinton campaign and the DNC, was used by senior officials in Barack Obama’s DOJ and FBI to obtain FISA warrants/surveillance warrants basically on Trump campaign team and the transition team members, as part of the investigation in the Russia collusion conspiracy theory.
-according to the released FISA memo, the Steele so-called dossier was crucial to the acquisition of FISA surveillance mandates on Carter Page, a Trump aide at the time; former FBI director Andrew McCabe has said back in December that without the spurious dossier, no surveillance warrant for Trump’s aide would have been sought
-this is big: the memo claims that the hugely biased and unreliable political origins of the Steele-dossier were not disclosed to the FISA judge who signed the warrant requests, even if the FBI knew that Christopher Steele was passionately against then-candidate Trump and he was desperate to not get him elected.
More House Intel memo key point: The political origins of the Steele dossier were known to senior DOJ and FBI officials, but excluded from the FISA applications. https://t.co/jzSl1tzhfc
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 2, 2018
Here’s his reaction after reading the Steele dossier:
“I think it’s terrible. You want to know the truth. I think it’s a disgrace. What’s going on in this country, I think it’s a disgrace.”
And here are some interesting reactions from social media:
Now it is clear to all. The claims about how the "Nunes" memo would destroy "national security" were lies. Classification stickers are used by bureaucrats trying to obtain "political security" for their cronies. https://t.co/agGUiTeI9T
— Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) February 2, 2018
Adam Schiff's week long fearmongering about the memo endangering national security, sources or methods has been proven to be a complete lie.
There's literally nothing in there that does that.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) February 2, 2018
FBI used articles planted by Fusion GPS to corroborate the Steele dossier compiled by Fusion GPS, which they then leaked to produce more stories. There was a bouncing ball between media/govt/media to create and weaponize the Russia collusion narrative. pic.twitter.com/AW8HAmfWNj
— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) February 2, 2018
This isn't just circular reporting uncovered by the Nunes memo. This is full-fledged #FakeNews #MemoDay Why does MSM even want to spin this? Because they are implicated, they cannot admit fault. pic.twitter.com/FOxJlZnts4
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) February 2, 2018
Reminder: Steele claims his dossier was based on Kremlin intelligence sources
We now know the FBI took Kremlin and Hillary campaign information and used it to spy on Trump
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 2, 2018
Memo shows FISA court was misled by Comey, McCabe, Yates, and Rosenstein. Will Rosenstein be fired? Will he have to recuse himself, in the least? @RealDonaldTrump may have to act.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) February 2, 2018
So Obama’s government, the #DNC, and members of the #MSM all conspired to fix a presidential election by deceiving a secret court allowed to spy on American citizens? Russians couldn’t have done a better job destroying sacred American institutions than #Democrats have.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) February 2, 2018