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Eight Facts To Remember
The FBI made 17 significant errors and omissions in its investigation and 51 violations of its own fact-checking procedures according to the Inspector General for the Department of Justice.
The FBI and Department of Justice lied to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to get a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page and the rest of Team Trump.
The government’s whole case rested on key portions of the so-called Steele Dossier which was political opposition research paid for by the Clinton Campaign.
Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier could not confirm any of the information in his dossier, nor could his primary source. So, the dossier was uncorroborated 3rd, 4th, and 5th hand hearsay.
The FBI and the Department of Justice could not confirm or verify as true any of the information in those key portions of the dossier that they used to obtain the search warrant. Yet both the FBI and Department of Justice told the FISA Court that the information was “verified, true and correct.” It wasn’t.
The FBI and Department of Justice claimed that Carter Page was an agent of a foreign power. What they didn’t tell the court was that Page was a long time source for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA confirmed that fact for the FBI but the FBI didn’t tell the FISA Court.
The Inspector General for the Department of Justice referred every FBI employee involved in the investigation to the FBI's internal affairs unit for further investigation and possible disciplinary action.
When the FISA Court learned that it had been deceived by the FBI, it banned every FBI employee who had anything to do with the FISA warrants from working on future FISA cases.