The controversial four-page FISA memo written by the majority staff of the House Intelligence Committee has been released. Below is a bulleted list of excerpts:
- Anti-Trump dossier was used to obtain a warrant from the FISA court to conduct surveillance on Carter Page, a sometimes foreign policy advisor to the Trump presidential campaign
- FISA application for Carter Page cited a Yahoo News article about Trump's 2016 visit to Russia as evidence. The story's information came from Christopher Steele and his dossier.
- British spy Christopher Steele, a longtime FBI source, was paid more than $160,000 by the DNC and Clinton campaign to obtain derogatory information about Donald Trump.
- Senior DOJ and FBI officials were aware of the DNC funding behind the dossier but never disclosed that information to the FISA court
- FBI and Fusion GPS used 'circular reporting' in the case to give the dossier credibility
- FBI and DOJ would not have secured surveillance warrant without the dossier research
- Christopher Steele admitted to a former DOJ official that he had strong feelings against then-candidate Donald Trump
Bruce Ohr, associate deputy attorney general, provided the FBI with Trump opposition research that came from Ohr's wife, who was employed by Fusion GPS. The research was funded by the DNC and the Clinton campaign
Matt Barber is a constitutional attorney and the founder of BarbWire.com. He says with today's release of the FISA memo, Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged "Russia collusion" is dead in the water.
"I believe that Mueller should be fired immediately," Barber tells OneNewsNow. "If he has any integrity whatsoever, he now understands that his entire investigation and the entire premise of his investigation is built on criminal fraud. If he has any integrity whatsoever, Mueller will voluntarily step down."
But if Mueller won't step down, Barber says the president must act. "Although the political fallout would be intense, I think President Trump should immediately – through [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions or somebody – fire Mueller and put an end to this fraudulent hoax of an investigation."
Instead, says Barber, attention should be focused where the evidence points - "which is the criminal activity associated with a concerted, conspiratorial, and seditious if not treasonous effort to subvert the government and remove a sitting president through illegal and nefarious means."
Gary Bauer with American Values is also weighing in.
"Based on initial reports, this memo appears to confirm that unverified opposition research prepared and paid for by Hillary Clinton's campaign was used to obtain warrants from the super-secret FISA court in order to spy on Hillary Clinton's and Barack Obama's political opponents," he says in Friday's End of Day report.
"In other words, the Obama administration weaponized the FBI against Donald Trump. It seems that elements of our government conducted themselves as if we are Russia."
Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice, says he's very troubled that the judge who ultimately approved the FISA request to spy on a member of the Trump campaign wasn't given all the facts by those making the request.
"Telling the judge that the info we received here was commissioned and paid for by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic Party – they left that information out; they didn't include that information to the judge," notes the attorney.
"So not only were they [the FISA court] basing their decision to move forward on partisan opposition research, but they [FBI and DOJ] intentionally kept that information from the judge's eyes so the judge would not know. That's the biggest takeaway and most troubling about this government abuse of power."
Comments from Barber, Bauer, and Sekulow were added after story was orignially posted.