There are some very clear guidelines at the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation that require information submitted to the FISA Court be verified and vetted. In the case of Trump aide Carter Page, that does not appear to be the case.
Representative Devin Nunes, Chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, has sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking for the AG to look into this matter. As things stand right now, the Steele dossier was allowed to be the deciding document allowing for investigation of Carter Page.
As Written and Reported By Chuck Ross for the Daily Caller:
- “Only documented and verified information” may be used in Department of Justice surveillance applications, according to FBI internal guidelines.
- The FBI relied on an unverified dossier of opposition research against President Donald Trump to apply for a warrant, according to House Republicans.
- “Only documented and verified information may be used to support FBI applications [FISA] to the court [FISC],” according to the guidelines.
The FBI’s internal guidelines for obtaining secret surveillance warrants against Americans say that “only documented and verified information” may be used in warrant applications.
That would seem to pose a problem for the FBI, since the bureau relied on the infamous and unverified Steele dossier to obtain a FISA warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
California Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, pointed out the inconsistency between the FBI’s guidelines and its reliance on the dossier last week in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Nunes noted a passage in the FBI’s Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide which states that “the accuracy of information contained within FISA applications is of utmost importance……
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