After a series of documents were obtained by Judicial Watch, proving that Justice Department official Bruce Ohr knew all about Christopher Steele’s anti-Trump bias before the FBI used his phony dossier to get a warrant against Carter Page, Sen. Lindsey Graham appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program to say that it was only the latest evidence that there was a plot within the Obama administration to bring Trump down.
“Here’s what’s we’re looking at,” said Graham. “Systematic corruption at the highest level of the Department of Justice and the FBI against President Trump and in favor of Hillary Clinton.”
Hannity asked Graham if he believed that DOJ officials intentionally lied to the FISA court so they could get their surveillance warrant on Page.
“The best you could say is that they were incompetent,” Graham replied. “The most likely outcome is that they wanted a result.”
The FISA court is somewhat like a grand jury, in that the defendant (Page, in this case) is not allowed to present evidence in his own defense. Clearly, this would defeat the purpose of the warrant in the first place; if a person knows they are about to be under federal surveillance, they are unlikely to commit any crimes. But with that advantage also comes a responsibility – it’s up to the FBI to present exculpatory evidence on the suspect’s behalf, so that the FISA court can make a fair determination about the need for a warrant. In this particular case, however, it appears the FBI went out of their way to shield evidence that would have made their request for a warrant seem ridiculous.
“I think the insurance policy is what we’re seeing here, getting into the Trump campaign,” Graham continued. “The FISA warrant against Carter Page was a fraud, I believe. The counter-intelligence investigation is something we have to look at very closely.”
Evidence that the FBI withheld from the FISA Court (or minimized):
That Steele had a passionate anti-Trump bias. This was known, according to the Judicial Watch documents, as early as September 2016, well before the FBI attempted to secure their first warrant based on Steele’s dossier.
That Steele was the sole source for a Yahoo News article around this time. Instead, the FBI used that story as independent corroboration for Steele’s claims, providing the dossier with the only real credibility it could have had (considering it has been proven almost wholly fictional at this point).
That Steele was paid by Fusion GPS, a firm which was funded by Perkins Coie, a law firm that worked for the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Graham said that if a Republican administration had acted against a Democratic campaign in this way, it would be all over the news.
“You couldn’t turn on your television,” Graham said.
But since it’s the other way around, the only attention the media gives it is to call it a “right-wing conspiracy theory.” And that’s if they ever mention it at all.