Judge orders names turned over after watchdog group finds “rampant flaws” in FBI surveillance

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The FBI received a slap on the wrist this week over flaws in surveillance applications. The flaws were discovered by the inspector general of the Justice Department.

On April 3, Judge James Boasberg ordered the FBI to turn in the names of targets in the 29 applications which were audited by the inspector general due to missing files.

The audit done by the inspector general, Michael Horowitz, discovered that every single one of the 29 applications turned in under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) contained inadequate Woods File, which is essentially the probable cause statement for the application with it containing records stating facts for submitting the application.

The inspector general did not feel that the FBI followed its own policy regarding the applications, requiring them to be “scrupulously accurate.”

Judge Boasberg said:

“It would be an understatement to note that such lack of confidence appears well founded.”

The Judge gave the FBI until June 15 to comply with his orders, which are to identify whether any of the applications contained “material misstatements and omissions,” as well as the four applications which are completely lacking the Woods File.

At that time, the bureau will also be asked to state whether the lack of complete files renders the surveillance orders invalid.

The audit of course started after it was discovered that the FBI botched applications for surveillance on a Trump-campaign associate, Carter Page. The Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (OIG) found 17 errors and omissions on that application, to include the bureau withholding exculpatory information regarding Page from the court.

Because the application was essentially falsified, the courts asked the FBI to prove that they could be trustworthy for future surveillance requests.

Following the ruling, the Judge said:

“The OIG Memorandum provides further reason for systemic concern. It thereby reinforces the need for the Court to monitor the ongoing efforts of the FBI and DOJ to ensure that, going forward, FBI applications present accurate and complete facts.”

In other words, the FBI failed to prove said trustworthiness, but are being given another chance to fix their errors through June 15.

In a statement, the FBI said:

“Maintaining the trust and confidence of the Court is paramount to the FBI and we are continuing to implement the 40-plus corrective actions ordered by Director [Christopher] Wray in December 2019.

Although the applications reviewed by the IG in this audit predate the announcement of these corrective actions, the FBI understands the Court’s desire to obtain information related to the applications.”

Regardless of what date is on the application, it is not outlandish to expect the Federal Bureau of Investigations to present truthful and complete applications for surveillance. The “corrective actions” are only in place because of the botched system that was in place before, which were only brought up because of President Trump suspecting that Page was just the start of Obama’s FBI spying into his campaign.

So far, however, the inspector general hasn’t released any evidence supporting Page’s surveillance having political motivation, other than the suspicious timing with it being during Trump’s 2016 campaign.

The FBI was tipped off by a former foreign spy who reported that Carter Page may be a Russian agent. The application was funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Despite the fact that the FBI had evidence to contradict the claim, they withheld said evidence and pressed on with the application for surveillance.

Inspector General Horowitz has been criticizing the FBI for lack of properly completed surveillance applications for months, again citing the misinformation pedaled during the 2016 Trump campaign.

The 17 errors mentioned above were said to be “basic and fundamental,” or, in other words, completely asinine.

The public ruling on the FBI’s mistakes was rare and demands the agency “provide details on how it would correct its policies and procedures.”

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Law Enforcement Today has reported on the FBI’s botched surveillance and the rest of the “Russian collusion” hoax. Keep reading to see the most recent report.

Despite the fact that the Russia collusion hoax lived rent free in the heads of the media and Democrats right up until the time Robert Mueller came out with his dud of an investigation, the gig was up long before that.

By the time President Trump was inaugurated and settled into the White House, the whole collusion fantasy had been essentially debunked, according to declassified memos, court filings and interviews.

So, basically the result of this was that for over two years, we had clowns on CNN and MSNBC, along with Democratic members of Congress foaming at the mouth, waiting for the Mueller Report to come out which would once and for all send Donald Trump packing.

In January 2017, U.S. officials:

-Received numerous warnings about the credibility of Christopher Steele and his dossier;

-Affirmed key targets of the FBI counterintelligence investigation made exculpatory statements denying collusion to undercover sources;

-Concluded that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the president’s first national security advisor, was not engaged in collusion with the Russians.

The last disclosure did not receive a lot of notice, however was contained in a single sentence in a court motion filed by Flynn’s defense attorney Sidney Powell, which has since been unsealed.

The motion, which requested exculpatory information, also known as Brady material requested access to “an internal DOJ document dated January 30, 2017 in which the FBI actually exonerated Flynn of being “an agent of Russia.”

The motion by Flynn’s legal team is confirmed in a 2018 letter that was obtained by John Solomon, an investigative reporter who formerly reported for The Washington Post, The Hill and other publications.

The letter shows that the DOJ exoneration memo was written after Flynn had been interviewed by FBI agents in January 2017 and after it had been learned the former Defense Intelligence Agency chief had kept his old agency briefed on his contacts with Russia.

“According to an internal DOJ memo dated January 30, 2017, and after the Jan. 24 interview, the FBI advised that based on the interview the FBI did not believe Flynn was acting as an agent of Russia,” Mueller’s team wrote in a letter.

Despite the exoneration of Flynn on the Russia collusion charge, U.S. District Judge Emmett Sullivan said that fact was irrelevant to his conviction since he had pleaded guilty to a different crime, making a false statement to the FBI.

Despite that fact, the issue should bear importance to the American people.

By the time President Trump had reached two weeks into his presidency, the FBI had concluded that Flynn had not been working as an agent of Russia.

Despite the fact that federal law enforcement had made that conclusion, the narrative of Flynn being a Russian agent was leaked to a complicit media, alleging conversations with a Russian ambassador and other such nonsense for months if not years.

Powell conducted an interview with Solomon for his Just the News, an online news publication and which was broadcast on his John Solomon Reports podcast, in which she said she was provided a letter with only three sentences from the DOJ memo, however has been unable to acquire the full document.

“It’s just horrible,” she said. “They gave us a little three lines summary of it and the letter told us it existed but have refused to give us the actual document, which I know means there’s a lot of other information in it that would be helpful to us.”

Powell also confirmed that Mueller was fully aware of a letter sent in early January 2017 to Flynn from Britain’s national security advisor raising concerns about Steele’s credibility.

In fact, the British government “hand-delivered” a letter to Flynn’s team that “totally disavowed any credibility of Christopher Steele, and would have completely destroyed the Russia collusion narrative,” Powell said.

Flynn said that he has no memory of receiving this communication, but others around him at the time do and confirmed the existence of the document. Flynn was questioned about it during debriefings by Mueller’s team, Powell added.

“I was told that a copy of the document would have been given to [then-National Security Advisor] Susan Rice as well,” she said. “So the Obama administration knew full well that the entire Russia collusion mess was a farce.”

Despite the warning from the British government, which should have led to abandoning the Russia collusion narrative and sparing Flynn a years-long witch hunt, top U.S. intelligence officials, likely including Rice hid the communications, Powell said.

Powell’s account confirms information that was provided by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) to a May 2019 article for The Hill.

Some other red flags came out in January 2017 which showed that the Russia collusion theory which was used by the FBI to investigate Trump’s campaign in July 2016 was wrong. In addition, the evidence the FBI submitted to secure an October 2016 FISA warrant that targeted Trump advisor Carter Page was also bogus.

In a report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and the FISA court which was made public, the FBI interviewed Steele’s primary sub-source on or around Jan. 7, 2017.

That source rejected much of the so-called Russia collusion “evidence” attributed to him in the Steele dossier, which the FBI hid from the FISA court.

Judge James Boasberg of the FISA court recently issued an order which exposes how the information revealed by Steele’s source blew up the whole Russia collusion hoax.

“Steele obtained this information from a primary sub-source, who had, in tum, obtained the information from his/her own source network,” the judge wrote.

“The FBI did not, however, advise DOJ or the Court of inconsistencies between sections of Steele’s reporting that had been used in the applications and statements Steele’s primary sub-source had made to the FBI about the accuracy of information attributed to ‘Person 1,’ who the FBI assessed had been the source of the information in Reports 95 and 102.

The government also did not disclose that Steele himself had undercut the reliability of Person 1, telling the FBI that Person 1 was a ‘boaster’ and an ‘egoist’ and ‘may engage in some embellishment.’”

In addition, an FBI spreadsheet also showed that nearly all of the information Steele put in the dossier was either false, could not be proved, or was basically an Internet-based rumor, making it mostly worthless as actionable intelligence.

Other information that eroded the FBI’s “mosaic” (term used by Comey) of evidence which was cited as a basis for collusion was the fact that the FBI had collected exculpatory statements from both Trump advisors—Carter Page and George Papadopoulos—who told undercover informants they were not colluding with Russia, and neither was included.

Boasberg slammed the FBI for hiding these statements from the court, saying that they substantially undercut the FBI’s basis for the investigation. including the now-disproven allegation that Page had altered the RNC platform at the 2016 nominating convention to help Vladimir Putin.

“The government also omitted Page’s statements to a confidential human source that he intentionally had ‘stayed clear’ of efforts to change the Republican platform, as well as evidence tending to show that two other Trump campaign officials were responsible for the change,” the judge wrote.

“Both pieces of information were inconsistent with the government’s suggestion that, at the behest of the Russian government, Page may have facilitated a change to the Republican platform regarding Russia’s annexation of part of Ukraine.”

The Horowitz report confirmed the court’s finding in greater detail.

In January 2017, Flynn was cleared of being a Russian agent. In that same month, Steele’s phony dossier was discredited by both the British government, as well as by his own confidential sources.

Plus, the FBI had evidence that its two main Trump targets were innocent…all while the president was starting his first two weeks in office.

Investigators in Congress are now looking at whether Comey’s approach to Trump at a Feb. 14, 2017 dinner at the White House may have been part of an effort to move away from the bogus Russia collusion investigation and lay a precedent for a new investigation focused on possible obstruction of justice.

The same investigators are also looking at why Mueller’s final report did not define precisely how the FBI’s bogus collusion case fell apart in January 2017.

It is now more clear than ever that there is more than enough clear and convincing evidence that the FBI deliberately kept the president, the courts and the American people unaware about the fact that evidence had been discovered which destroyed the Russia collusion narrative in the first month of the Trump presidency in January 2017.

Even as they pushed the narrative of collusion, defendants were being coerced into pleading guilty to crimes totally unrelated to the collusion allegations. As of today, none of the people responsible are being held accountable.

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