The memo that outlines alleged abuses of secret surveillance programs by the FBI and Justice Department has been released. This has EVERYTHING to do with the credibility of the Trump-Russia investigation.
Here is a summary of some of the key points from the memo:
- The Steele dossier formed an essential part of the initial and all three renewal FISA applications against Carter Page.
- Andrew McCabe confirmed that no FISA warrant would have been sought from the FISA Court without the Steele dossier information.
- The political origins of the Steele dossier were known to senior DOJ and FBI officials, but excluded from the FISA applications.
- DOJ official Bruce Ohr met with Steele beginning in the summer of 2016 and relayed to DOJ information about Steele’s bias. Steele told Ohr that he, Steele, was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected president and was passionate about him not becoming president.
The information contained within this memo does not represent everything that House investigators have learned during their review of the FBI and Justice Department in regards to the Trump-Russia investigation. There will most likely be more information to come in the near future.