Complete FISA ‘Memo’ Contents Revealed Here

Principle players in both Russian/Trump Election ‘Collusion’ and now FISA -Dossier Investigations including Sara Carter, Circa, who was instrumental in uncovering much of the Dossier data that had been stonewalled by the FBI and others nearly a year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Abuses at the Department of Justice and the
Federal Bureau of Investigation

4 Page Memo with ‘authorization to release’ (2 pages)

 

‘Memo’ Broken Down, DE-MYSTIFIED in 30 CLAIMS- HERE’S THE REAL, FULL STORY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Opening Note authorization the release of the memo:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHITE HOUSE , WASHINGTON
February 2,2018
The Honorable Devin Nunes
Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
United States Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Chairman:
On January 29, 2018, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (hereinafter “the
Committee”) voted to disclose publicly a memorandum containing classified information
provided to the Committee in connection with its oversight activities (the “Memorandum,”
which is attached to this letter). As provided by clause II(g) of Rule X of the House of
Representatives, the Committee has forwarded this Memorandum to the President based on its
determination that the release of the Memorandum would serve the public interest.
The Constitution vests the President with the authority to protect national security secrets from
disclosure. As the Supreme Court has recognized, it is the President’s responsibility to classify,
declassify, and control access to information bearing on our intelligence sources and methods
and national defense. See, e.g., Dep’t o/Navy v. Egan, 484 U.S. 518,527 (1988). In order to
facilitate appropriate congressional oversight, the Executive Branch may entrust classified
information to the appropriate committees of Congress, as it has done in connection with the
Committee’s oversight activities here. The Executive Branch does so on the assumption that the
Committee will responsibly protect such classified information, consistent with the laws of the
United States.
The Committee has now determined that the release of the Memorandum would be appropriate.
The Executive Branch, across Administrations of both parties, has worked to accommodate
congressional requests to declassify specific materials in the public interest. l However, public
release of classified information by unilateral action of the Legislative Branch is extremely rare
and raises significant separation of powers concerns. Accordingly, the Committee’s request to
release the Memorandum is interpreted as a request for declassification pursuant to the
President’s authority.
The President understands that the protection of our national security represents his highest
obligation. Accordingly, he has directed lawyers and national security staff to assess the
1 See, e.g., s. Rept. 114-8 at 12 (Administration of Barack Obama) (“On April 3, 2014 … the Committee agreed to
send the revised Findings and Conclusions, and the updated Executive Summary of the Committee Study, to the
President for declassification and public release.”); H. Rept. 107-792 (Administration of George W. Bush) (similar);
E.O. 12812 (Administration of George H.W. Bush) (noting Senate resolution requesting that President provide for
declassification of certain information via Executive Order).
declassification request, consistent with established standards governing the handling of
classified information, including those under Section 3.1 (d) of Executive Order 13526. Those
standards permit declassification when the public interest in disclosure outweighs any need to
protect the information. The White House review process also included input from the Office of
the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice. Consistent with this review
and these standards, the President has determined that declassification of the Memorandum is
appropriate.
Based on this assessment and in light of the significant public interest in the memorandum, the
President has authorized the declassification of the Memorandum. To be clear, the
Memorandum reflects the judgments of its congressional authors. The President understands
that oversight concerning matters related to the Memorandum may be continuing. Though the
circumstances leading to the declassification through this process are extraordinary, the
Executive Branch stands ready to work with Congress to accommodate oversight requests
consistent with applicable standards and processes, including the need to protect intelligence
sources and methods.
cc: The Honorable Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House of Representatives
The Honorable Adam Schiff
Sincerely,
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Donald F. McGahn II
Counsel to the President
Ranking Member, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

 

 

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Investigation (FBI) and their use of the Foreign ,Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the
2016 presidential election cycle. Our findings, which are detailed belo:-“, 1) raise conce11;ls with
the legitimacy and legality of certain DOJ and FBI interactions with the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Court (FISC), and 2) represent a troubling breakdown of legal processes established
to protect the American people from abuses related to the FISA process.
Investigation Update
– On October 21,2016, DOJ and FBI sought and received a FISA probable cause order
(not under Title VII) authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page from the FISC. Page is a
U.S. citizen who served as a volunteer advisor to the Trump presidential campaign. Consistent
with requirements under FISA, the application had to be first certified by the Director or Deputy
Director of the FBI. It then required the approval of the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney
General (DAG), or the S.enate-confmned Assistant Attorney General for the National Security
Division.
The FBI and DOJ obtained one initial FISA warrant targeting Carter Page and three FISA
renewals from the FISC. As required by statute (50 U.S.C. §,1805(d)(I)), a FISA order on an
American citizen must be renewed by the FISC every 90 days and each renewal requires a
separate finding of probable cause. Then-DireGtor James Comey signed three FISA applications
in question on behalf ofthe FBI, and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one. Then-DAG
Sally Yates, then-Acting DAG Dana Boente, and DAG Rod Rosenstein each signed one or more
FISA applications on behalf of DOl
Due to the sensitive nature of foreign intelligence activity, FISA submissions (including
renewals) before the FISC are classified. As such, the public’s confidence in the integrity of the
FISA process depends on the court’s ability to hold the government to the highest standardparticularly
as it relates to surveillance of American citizens. However, the FISC’s rigor in
protecting the rights of Americans, which is reiriforced by 90-day renewals of surveillance
orders, is necessarily dependent on the government’s production to the court of all material and
relevant facts. This should include information potentially favorable to the target of the FISA
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application that is known by the government. In the case of Carter Page, the government had at
least four independent opportunities before the FISC to accurately provide an accounting of the
relevant facts. However, our flndings indicate that, as described below, material and relevant
information was omitted.
1) The “dossier” compiled by Christopher Steele (Steele dossier) on behalf of the
Democratic Nati·onal Committee (nNC) and the ~llary Clinton campaign formed an
essential part of the Carter Page FISA application. Steele was a longtime FBI source who
was paid over $160,000 by the DNC and Clinton campaign, via the law firm Perkins Coie
and research firm Fusion GPS, to obtain derogatory information on Donald Tnunp’s ties
to Russia.
a) Neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or
reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or. any party/campaign in funding
Steele’s efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then
known to senior DOJ and FBI officials.
b) The initial FISA application notes Steele was working for a named U.S. person, but
does not name Fusion GPS and principal Glenn Simpson, who was paid by a U.S. law
flrm (perkins Coie) representing the DNC (even though it was known by DOJ at the.
time that political actor~ were involved with the Steele dossier). The application does
not mention Steele was ultimately working on behalf of-and paid by-the DNC and
Clinton campaign, or that the FBI had separately authorized payment to Steele for the
same information.
2) The Carter Page FISA application also cited extensively a September 23,2016, Yahoo
News article by Michael Islkoff, which focuses on Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow.
-This article does not corroborate the Steele dossier because it is derived from information
leaked by Steele himselfto Yahoo News. The Page FISA application incorrectly assesses
that Steele did not directly provide information to Yahoo News. Steele has admitted in
British court fllings that he met with- Yahoo NeWs-and several other outlets-in
September 2016 at the direction of Fusion GPS. Perkins Coie was aware of Steele’s
initial media contacts because they hosted at least one meeting in Washington D.C. in
2016 with Steele and Fusion GPS where this matter was discussed.
a) Steele was suspended and then terminated as an FBI source for what the FBI defines
as the most serious of violations-an unauthorized disclosure to the media of his
relationship with the FBI in an October 30,2016, Mother Jones article by David
Com. Steele should have been terminated for his previous undisclosed contacts with
Yahoo and other outlets in September-before the Page application was submitted to
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the FISC in October-but Steele improperly concealed from and lied to the FBI about
those contacts.
b) Steele’s numerous encounters with the media violated the cardinal rule of source
handling-maintaining confidentiality-and demonstrated that Steele had become a
less than reliable source for the FBI.
3) Before and after Steele was terminated as a source, he maintained contact with DOJ via
then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, a senior DOJ official who worked
closely with Deputy Attorneys General Yates and later Rosenstein. Shortly after the
election, the FBI began interviewing Ohr, documenting his communications with Steele.
For example, in September 2016, Steele admitted to Ohr his feelings against thencandidate
Trump when Steele said he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get
elected and was passionate about him not being president.” This clear evidence of
Steele’s bias was recorded by Ohr at the time and subsequently in official FBI files-but
not reflected in any of the Page FISA applications.
a) During this same time period, Ohr’s wife was employed by Fusion GPS to assist in
the cultivation of opposition research on Trump. Ohr later provided the FBI with all
of his wife’s opposition research, paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign via
Fusion GPS. The Ohrs’ relationship with Steele and Fusion GPS was inexplicably
concealed from the FISC.
4) According to the head of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, Assistant Director Bill
Priestap, corroboration of the Steele dossier was in its “infancy” at the time of the initial
Page FISA application. After Steele was terminated, a source validation report conducted
by an independent unit within FBI assessed Steele’s reporting as only minimally
corroborated. Yet, in early January 2017, Director Comey briefed President-elect Trump
on a summary of the Steele dossier, even though it was-according to his June 2017
testimony-“salacious and unverified.” While the FISA application relied on Steele’s
past record of credible reporting on other unrelated matters, it ignored or concealed his
anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations. Furthermore, Deputy Director
McCabe testified before the Committee in Decemper 2017 that po surveillance warrant
would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.
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5) The Page FISA application also mentions information regarding fellow Trump campaign
advisor George Pafladopoulos, but there is no evidence of any cooperation or conspiracy
between Page and Papadopoulos. The Papadopoulos information triggered the opening
of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016 by FBI agent Pete Strzok.
Strzok was reassigned by the Special Counsel’s Office to FBI Human Resources for
improper text messages with his mistress, FBI Attorney Lisa Page (no known relation to
Carter Page), where they both demonstrated a clear bias against Trump and in favor of
Clinton, whom Strzok had also investigated. The StrzokILisa Page texts also reflect
extensive discussions about the investigation, orchestrating leaks to the media, and
include a meeting with Deputy Director McCabe to discuss an “insurance” policy against
President Trump’s election.
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