At the confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominee for Attorney General William Barr, Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham asked the nominee a crucial question whether there is any check on a potentially out-of-control FBI:
Listen to the first two minutes of Graham’s questioning:
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC): Are there rules about how you can do counterintelligence investigations?
Attorney General nominee William Barr: I believe there are Mr. Chairman.
Sen. Graham: So, if you want to open up one against the president are there any checks and balances?
Nominee Barr: Not outside the FBI.
Keep this is mind as you read the rest of this article. And, keep in mind that the head of the DOJ and the FBI are political appointees by POTUS. In this case that president was Obama.
TheEpochTimes.com’s Jeff Carlson has come into possession of the leaked transcript of Bruce Ohr and a congressional interrogator. Carlson has written a long article well worth taking the time to read, thoroughly.
Ohr had been the Associate Deputy Attorney General during the Obama administration. During his testimony Ohr admits to serving as a conduit in relaying information from Steele after the FBI terminated Steele.
An Aug. 28, 2018, testimony before Congress by Ohr, which was reviewed for this article, sheds new light on McCabe’s involvement in the investigation. His testimony also illustrates how Steele and Simpson passed their information targeting Trump to the FBI, using Ohr as an unofficial back-channel.
Steele was terminated as a source by the FBI on Nov. 1, 2016, for communicating with the media. Despite this, Bruce Ohr and Steele communicated regularly for another full year, until November 2017. Ohr relayed all these communications with Steele to the FBI through Pientka and possibly two other handlers.
Carlson was being kind when he limited the reason for Steele’s dismissal to “communicating with the media.” Then-FBI Director James Comey’s written statement to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence also made clear that nothing in the Steele dossier had been proven.
Comey’s statement was delivered on January 6, 2017:
The IC leadership thought it important, for a variety of reasons, to alert the incoming President to the existence of this material, even though it was salacious and unverified.
Still, the FBI and DOJ had used it as the centerpiece, along media reports, to obtain a FISA warrant to justify their surveillance of the Trump campaign.
In fact, there’s reason to believe that surveillance of Trump associates had been going on well before the FISA application had been approved and only when it became a possibility that Hillary Clinton might not win election, did the FBI and DOJ scramble to legitimize the illegal surveillance campaign.
By February of 2018, investigative journalist Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller came into possession of a memo written by House Republicans investigating what was quickly being exposed as a witch-hunt:
The four-page memo written by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee contends that FBI officials used the unverified Steele dossier to obtain a secret warrant to spy on a Trump associate, according to a source with direct knowledge of the document.
The memo, based on information provided by the FBI and the Department of Justice, may be released Friday, with White House approval. It asserts that the FBI used the dubious dossier to obtain a warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Other Trump campaign associates were also spied on during the campaign. (UPDATE: The Memo Has Been Released. Read It Here)
The Daily Caller’s source made clear that the dossier was used to procure a warrant even after it was clear that the document was paid for by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
It is now a year later and by all reports special counsel Robert Mueller and his team haven’t found a single shred of evidence to tie President Trump to any form of Russian collusion.
Steele, the former British spy was terminated prior to Trump’s election. By all accounts his dossier remains unproven.
The intransigence of FBI and DOJ leadership in refusing to put an end to the special counsel’s unfounded witch-hunt has taken on the look of two agencies – and the special counsel they appointed to save their credibility – desperately trying to defend their indefensible actions to destroy a legitimate president.
And, according to the Attorney General nominee, there’s no one to stop them. Let that sink in.