A less redacted version of the Grassley Memo has been released. I’ve included it below in Scribd form.
Until now there may have a question as to whether the Steele Dossier was the sole basis presented to the FISA Court by the FBI to obtain a warrant for surveillance of Carter Page and the Trump Campaign. Perhaps the FBI had other information that we don’t know about. Would the FBI actually lie to the FISA court in a warrant application? We don’t want to believe that.
If Christopher Steele’s politically motivated and wholly unverified “dossier” was the sole basis for the warrant the FBI would be shown to be deeply corrupt. Surely, that can’t be true, can it?
The recently released Nunes memo from House Intelligence Committee suggests it is true. The new Grassley memo affirms the Nunes Memo.
Andy McCarthy, in his most recent NRO column, states the facts showing that the FBI knew that Christopher Steele was an unreliable source. The FBI had in fact previously broken off their relationship with him for lying to the FBI. Steele himself had admitted in a legal proceeding in Great Britain that the allegations in his dossier were unreliable.
The FBI knew Steele was not a reliable source, yet represented the opposite in its application for a FISA surveillance warrant.
The truth we didn’t want to believe, because we have always believed the FBI is honorable, trustworthy and uncorruptible, turns out to be exactly what happened. The FBI knowingly lied to the FISA court judges. Either the judge got hoodwinked or the judge is also corrupt. We need to hear from that judge.
Until reading the latest Grassley Memo, Andy McCarthy was holding back from making that conclusion. Like everyone else, he hoped that more would come out to exonerate the FBI. As a former federal prosecutor he spent a long career working with the FBI. McCarthy was the lead prosecutor of the so-called “blind sheikh” in the first terror attack on the World Trade Center.
It was without pleasure that McCarthy has to now say, “I was wrong.” Here is how he says it in the final paragraphs of his NRO column today, an excellent analysis of the FBI’s guilt in this whole thing:
I spent many months assuring people that nothing like this could ever happen — that the FBI and Justice Department would not countenance the provision to the FISA court of uncorroborated allegations of heinous misconduct. When Trump enthusiasts accused them of rigging the process, I countered that they probably had not even used the Steele dossier. If the Justice Department had used it in writing a FISA warrant application, I insisted that the FBI would independently verify any important facts presented to the court, make any disclosures that ought in fairness be made so the judge could evaluate the credibility of the sources, and compellingly demonstrate probable cause before alleging that an American [Carter Page] was a foreign agent.
I was wrong.
Carter Page was not the reason for what the FBI did. He was the excuse. To this day, Carter Page and Donald Trump have never met each other.