The “evidence” used by the FBI to secure FISA warrants on Trump adviser Carter Page was known to be suspiciously inaccurate 10 days before procuring the warrants, but the FBI used them anyway. In fact, the FBI swore before the FISA judge that the information had been corroborated when it clearly had not.
Information had been given to the FBI demonstrating the motivations behind the Steele Dossier were clearly political and prompted by the Clinton campaign. They knew this going in, but without actual evidence to back their FISA request, they ran with the false story in hopes it would yield fruit. When it didn’t, they quickly began covering up their activities and tried to justify the warrants with evidence collected after the fact, evidence that itself was tainted.
According to John Solomon at The Hill:
The concerns were flagged in a typed memo and in handwritten notes taken by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec on Oct. 11, 2016.
Her observations were recorded exactly 10 days before the FBI used Steele and his infamous dossier to justify securing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and the campaign’s contacts with Russia in search of a now debunked collusion theory.
It is important to note that the FBI swore on Oct. 21, 2016, to the FISA judges that Steele’s “reporting has been corroborated and used in criminal proceedings” and the FBI has determined him to be “reliable” and was “unaware of any derogatory information pertaining” to their informant, who simultaneously worked for Fusion GPS, the firm paid by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Clinton campaign to find Russian dirt on Trump.
The FBI clearly knew the Steele Dossier was a fabricated political attack commissioned by the Clinton campaign, yet swore before the FISA judge that it was accurate and corroborated. It’s time to investigate the investigators now.