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by Daveda Gruber:

The Department of Justice has released 412 pages of top-secret documents relating to a FISA warrant against Carter Page.

Carter Page is a former campaign adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump.

The document is heavily redacted. It does show that the infamous Steele Dossier was a major component of the 2016 surveillance warrant and was also a major factor in later renewals.

You can see the document by clicking here:

You can see how much is redacted and what is visible. What I find troubling is that the dossier is not described as a political document, as the Democrats have emphasized. You can see that the FBI speculates to the FISA court that it was commissioned to damage Candidate 1, who is Donald Trump.

On page 16, the full quote reads, “The FBI speculates to the FISA court that the U.S. person was likely looking for information that could be used to discredit candidate 1’s campaign.”

U.S. person is most likely Glenn Simpson who is co-founder of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that funded the Steele Dossier.

When reacting to the document, Page told said, “I’m having trouble finding any small bit of this document that rises above complete ignorance and/or insanity.”

The document includes an October 2016 application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to wiretap Page. Also, what can be seen is several renewal applications. It is extremely uncommon for documents related to FISA wiretap applications to be released.

Surveillance of Page became a controversial matter between Republican and Democratic lawmakers earlier this year.

Republicans alleged the FBI had abused its surveillance powers and obtained the warrant improperly.

Democrats saw it another way.

Both sides characterized the documents in completely different ways. The documents remained out of public view.

House Democrats jumped to say that the documents strengthened their arguments.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement, “For more than a year, House Republicans have bullied the Department of Justice and FBI to release highly sensitive documents to derail the Special Counsel’s and other legitimate national security investigations and cover for the President. For the sake of our national security and our democracy, these vital investigations must be allowed to continue unhindered by Republican interference. The GOP must cease their attacks on our law enforcement and intelligence communities, and finally decide where their loyalty lies.”

Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat said the documents underscore the “legitimate concern” the FBI had about Page’s activities. Schiff said the materials shouldn’t have been released during an ongoing investigation because of national security.

Schiff blamed President Trump for making the House Republicans’ initial memo about the FISA applications public. This move by Trump provoked the congressman as he called “nakedly political and self-interested, and designed to to (sic) interfere with the Special Counsel’s investigation.”

I will assess his type-o to being over-excited to explain his view of the information.

GOP members of the House Intelligence Committee, earlier this year, voted to release a memo claiming the DOJ abused the FISA warrant process in order to hurt Trump’s presidential campaign. They claimed the warrant against Page was based solely on the Steele Dossier.

Over the objections of the FBI, Trump declassified the memo. The FBI warned that the document contained “material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.” Trump tweeted this:

This video gives a good view of what actually happened:


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