The FISA Memo

House Intelligence Committee Report On FISA Abuses

THE WHITE HOUSE
WASHINGTON
February 2, 2018

The Honorable Devin Nunes
Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
United States Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Chairman:

On January 29, 2018, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (hereinafter “the Committee”) voted to disclose publicly a memorandum containing classified information provided to the Committee in connection with its oversight activities (the “Memorandum,” which is attached to this letter). As provided by clause 11(g) of Rule of the House of Representatives, the Committee has forwarded this Memorandum to the President based on its determination that the release of the Memorandum would serve the public interest.

The Constitution vests the President with the authority to protect national security secrets from it disclosure. As the Supreme Court has recognized, it is the President’s responsibility to classify, declassify, and control access to information bearing on our intelligence sources and methods and national defense. See, Dep of Navy v. Egan, 484 US. 518, 527 (1988). In order to facilitate appropriate congressional oversight, the Executive Branch may entrust classified information to the appropriate committees of Congress, as it has done in connection with the Committee’s oversight activities here. The Executive Branch does so on the assumption that the Committee will responsibly protect such classified information, consistent with the laws of the United States.

The Committee has now determined that the release of the Memorandum would be appropriate. The Executive Branch, across Administrations of both parties, has worked to accommodate congressional requests to declassify specific materials in the public interest. 1 However, public release of classified information by unilateral action of the Legislative Branch is extremely rare and raises significant separation of powers concerns. Accordingly, the Committee’s request to release the Memorandum is interpreted as a request for declassification pursuant to the President’s authority.

The President understands that the protection of our national security represents his highest obligation. Accordingly, he has directed lawyers and national security staff to assess the


1 See, e. g., S Rept. 114-8 at 12 (Administration of Barack Obama) (“On April 3, 2014 . . . the Committee agreed to send the revised Findings and Conclusions, and the updated Executive Summary of the Committee Study, to the President for declassification and public release”); H. Rept. 107-792 (Administration of George W. Bush) (similar);E.O. 12812 (Administration of George H.W. Bush) (noting Senate resolution requesting that President provide for declassification of certain information via Executive Order).

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declassification request, consistent with established standards governing the handling of classified information, including those under Section 3.1(d) of Executive Order 13526. Those standards permit declassification when the public interest in disclosure outweighs any need to protect the information. The White House review process also included input from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice. Consistent with this review and these standards, the President has determined that declassification of the Memorandum is appropriate.

Based on this assessment and in light of the significant public interest in the memorandum, the President has authorized the declassification of the Memorandum. To be clear, the Memorandum reflects the judgments of its congressional authors. The President understands that oversight concerning matters related to the Memorandum may be continuing. Though the circumstances leading to the declassification through this process are extraordinary, the Executive Branch stands ready to work with Congress to accommodate oversight requests consistent with applicable standards and processes, including the need to protect intelligence sources and methods.

Sincerely,

Donald F. McGahn II

Counsel to the President

cc: The Honorable Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House of Representatives

The Honorable Adam Schiff
Ranking Member, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

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Declassified by order of the President
February 2, 2018

January 18, 2018

To: HPSCI Majority Members
From: HPSCI Majority Staff
Subject: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses at the Department of Justice and the

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Purpose

This memorandum provides Members an update on significant facts relating to the Committee’s ongoing investigation into the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and their use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the 2016 presidential election cycle. Our findings, which are detailed below, 1) raise concerns with the legitimacy and legality of certain DOJ and FBI interactions with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), and 2) represent a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses related to the FISA process.

Investigation Update

On October 21, 2016, DOJ and FBI sought and received a FISA probable cause order (up; under Title VII) authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page from the FISC. Page is a US citizen who served as a volunteer advisor to the Trump presidential campaign. Consistent with requirements under FISA, the application had to be first certified by the Director or Deputy Director of the FBI. It then required the approval of the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General (DAG), or the Senate-confirmed Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division.

The FBI and DOJ obtained one initial FISA warrant targeting Carter Page and three FISA renewals from the FISC. As required by statute (50 U.S.C. a FISA order on an American citizen must be renewed by the ISC every 90 days and each renewal requires a separate finding of probable cause. Then-Director James Comey signed three FISA applications. in question on behalf of the FBI, and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one. Sally Yates, then-Acting DAG Dana Boente, and DAG Rod Rosenstein each signed one or more FISA applications on behalf of DOJ.

Due to the sensitive nature of foreign intelligence activity, FISA submissions (including renewals) before the FISC are classified. As such, the public’s confidence in the integrity of the FISA process depends on the court’s ability to hold the government to the highest standard — particularly as it relates to surveillance of American citizens. However, the rigor in protecting the rights of Americans, which is reinforced by 90-day renewals of surveillance orders, is necessarily dependent on the government?s production to the court of all material and relevant facts. This should include information potentially favorable to the target of the FISA

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application that is known by the government. In the case of Carter Page, the government had at least four independent opportunities before the FISC to accurately provide an accounting of the relevant facts. However, our findings indicate that, as described below, material and relevant information was omitted.

  1. The “dossier” — compiled by Christopher Steele (Steele dossier) on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application. Steele was a longtime FBI source who was paid over $160,000 by the DNC and Clinton campaign, via the law firm Perkins Coie and research firm Fusion GPS, to obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.

a) Neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or. any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then known to senior and FBI officials.

b) The initial FISA application notes Steele was working for a named US. person, but does not name Fusion GPS and principal Glenn Simpson, who was paid by a US. law firm (Perkins Coie) representing the DNC (even though it was known by DOI at the, time that political actors were involved with the Steele dossier). The application does not mention Steele was ultimately working on behalf of — and paid by — the DNC and Clinton campaign, or that the FBI had separately authorized payment to Steele for the same information.

2) The Carter Page FISA application also cited extensively a September 23, 2016, Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff, which focuses on Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow. This article does not corroborate the Steele dossier because it is derived from information leaked by Steele himself to Yahoo News. The Page FISA application incorrectly assesses that Steele did not directly provide information to Yahoo News. Steele has admitted in British court filings that he met with Yahoo News and several other outlets in September 2016 at the direction of Fusion GPS. Perkins Coie was aware of Steele’s initial media contacts because they hosted at least one meeting in Washington DC. in 2016 with Steele and Fusion GPS where this matter was discussed.

a) Steele was suspended and then terminated as an FBI source for what the FBI defines as the most serious of violations — an unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship with the FBI in an October 30, 2016, Mother Jones article by David Corn Steele should have been terminated for his previous undisclosed contacts with Yahoo and other outlets in September before the Page application was submitted to

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the FISC in October-but Steele improperly concealed from and lied to the FBI about those contacts.

b) Steele’s numerous encounters with the media violated the cardinal rule of source handling — maintaining confidentiality and demonstrated that Steele had become a less than reliable source for the FBI.

Before and after Steele was terminated as a source, he maintained contact with DOJ via then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, a senior DOJ official who worked closely with Deputy Attorneys General Yates and later Rosenstein. Shortly after the election, the FBI began interviewing Ohr, documenting his communications with Steele. For example, in September 2016, Steele admitted to Ohr his feelings against then-candidate Trump when Steele said he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not, being president.” This clear evidence of Steele’s bias was recorded by Ohr at the time and subsequently in official FBI files — but not reflected in any of the Page FISA applications.

a) During this same time period, Ohr’s wife was employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump. Ohr later provided the FBI with all of his wife’s opposition research, paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign via Fusion GPS. The Ohrs’ relationship with Steele and Fusion GPS was inexplicably concealed from the FISC .

4) According to the head of the counterintelligence division, Assistant Director Bill Priestap, corroboration of the Steele dossier was in its “infancy” at the time of the initial Page FISA application. After Steele was terminated, a source validation report conducted by an independent unit within FBI assessed Steele’s reporting as only minimally corroborated. Yet, in early January 2017, Director Comey briefed President-elect Trump on a summary of the Steele dossier, even though it was–according to his June 2017 “salacious and unverified.” While the FISA application relied on Steele’s past record of credible reporting on other unrelated matters, it ignored or concealed his anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations. Furthermore, Deputy Director McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.

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5) The Page FISA application also mentions information regarding fellow Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, but there is no evidence of any cooperation or conspiracy between Page and Papadopoulos. The Papadopoulos information triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016 by FBI agent Pete Strzok. Strzok was reassigned by the Special Counsel’s Office to FBI Human Resources for improper text messages with his mistress, FBI Attorney Lisa Page (no known relation to Carter Page), where they both demonstrated a clear bias against Trump and in favor of Clinton, whom Strzok had also investigated. The Strzok/Lisa Page texts also reflect extensive discussions about the investigation, orchestrating leaks to the media, and include a meeting with Deputy Director McCabe to discuss an “insurance” policy against President Trump’s election.

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12 Responses to The FISA Memo

  1. Morris Deeds says:

    A Never-Trump Press in Near Panic
    By Patrick J. Buchanan

    A Never-Trump Press in Near Panic

    Friday – February 2, 2018

    “All the News That’s Fit to Print” proclaims the masthead of The New York Times. “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” echoes The Washington Post.

    “The people have a right to know,” the professors at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism hammered into us in 1962. “Trust the people,” we were admonished.

    Explain then this hysteria, this panic in the press over the release of a four-page memo detailing one congressional committee’s rendering of how Trump-hate spawned an FBI investigation of Republican candidate and President Donald Trump.

    What is the press corps afraid of? For it has not ceased keening and caterwauling that this memo must not see the light of day.

    Do the media not trust the people? Can Americans not handle the truth?

    Is this the same press corps that celebrates “The Post,” lionizing Kay Graham for publishing the Pentagon Papers, top-secret documents charging the “Best and the Brightest” of the JFK-LBJ era with lying us into Vietnam?

    Why are the media demanding a “safe space” for us all, so we will not be harmed by reading or hearing what the memo says?

    Security secrets will be compromised, we are warned.

    Really? Would the House Intelligence Committee majority vote to expose secrets that merit protection? Would Speaker Paul Ryan and White House chief of staff Gen. John Kelly, who have read and approved the release of the memo, go along with that?

    Is Gen. Kelly not a proven patriot, many times over?
    Read More At: http://buchanan.org/blog/never-trump-press-near-panic-128652

  2. ICU says:

    The rock is finally lifted to reveal the jew Rosenstein and his sneaky Traitor Within The Gates scumbaggery, the very kike that appointed Mueller to his Ringmaster role in The Dog & Pony Droppings Show & Circle Jerk.
    The jew worm Schiff, from The land of Fruits & Nuts, was sniveling earlier today about the harm that would be visited upon his fellow Khazar Kike lesser demon, Rosenstein, if the memo was released.
    When, I ask WHEN, will the vile Khazar jews be brought down and removed from ALL positions of power and influence in this ZOG shitshow ?
    Trump is thoroughly jewed; but, it looks like he’s playing the Right Wing jews against the Left Wing jews…no doubt strategy and tactics he learned from all the swarms of Kikes that have surrounded him and his business for so many years.
    It would be so cool if Trump emulated Stalin, in Stalin’s recognition of all the jew bastards around him and his determination to get rid of them.
    Only thing is, don’t let any jew doctors get near you, Donald…or they may well kill you like their jew doctor relatives killed Stalin.

    • Morris Deeds says:

      ICU says:
      February 2, 2018 at 1:32 pm
      The rock is finally lifted to reveal the jew Rosenstein and his sneaky Traitor Within The Gates scumbaggery, the very kike that appointed Mueller to his Ringmaster role in The Dog & Pony Droppings Show & Circle Jerk.

      Yes, great post: you look at the bastard, he looks like Shylock from
      Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” Jew villain!

  3. Wally d. says:

    Glad to see the deep state take a hit.

  4. Morris Deeds says:

    A shocking biography of father of Poland’s Aleksander Kwa?niewski

    A shocking biography of father Aleksander Kwa?niewski. “In the NKVD, he tortured, beat, listened to the cries of tormented people …” Keep going!

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  5. Karen says:

    Politics are a circus for slaves.

  6. Karen says:

    When in history, with the exception of National Socialist Germany, did the working class benefit from either the left or right or whatever?

  7. Barney says:

    A bit of levity before my next “disappearance”.

    Someone walks out of the crowd with a gun in his hand. He aims it at Trump.

    One of the bodyguards shouts “Mickey Mouse” and the gunman is distracted long enough to be captured.

    Later the bodyguard is asked why he shouted “Mickey Mouse” of all things.

    He replies that got confused. He meant to shout “Donald Duck”.

  8. INCOG MAN says:

    I got this up on my site inside 1 hour after it first came out. I’ll try to go back in and clean-up the copy later on. Too busy now.

    Anybody ever see a movie called “Absence of Malice” with Paul Newman and a cutesy Sally Fields as the spunky reporter? Well, at the end, Wilford Brimley arrives from the DOJ to straighten out the fools behind all the BS.

    His last act? He fires a trouble-making Jew lawyer with the last name of Rosen who was behind the insanity.

    I shit you not.

  9. Littleberry says:

    Incogman, in that movie I thought they were portraying Sally Fields as a jewess, because they had here destroy a long-time catholic friend of Newman’s who had had an abortion a few months earlier, with Newman’s accompaninment. The attitude Sally portrayed was that of a heartless jewess who was going to “get the story out” regardless of who it harmed nor how much. Newman’s friend in the movie wound up committing suicide over what Fields printed in her damnable newspaper. Maybe I was overreaching but I’ve known jewesses just like that.

    • INCOG MAN says:

      No, I think you’re right. She was playing the sensitive but smart Jewess. I don’t think she had a Jewy name, though. Can’t remember.

  10. protocolsRtrue says:

    jews are experts at getting stupid goyim to do their dirty work for them. doj inspector general is horowitz. only goyim heads will roll, if any at all. lois lerner irs jew bitch pleads the fifth and retires. The goyim don’t have a right to know what their federalmeansjewish.gov is doing. What? Just keep giving them your money feed the jew pigs and their stupid-ass pet niggers and don’t ax any questions. jew stupid-ass pet nigger assfirmative action, minority set aside, diversity hire and promote pet nigger erection holder knowingly and deliberately sells high powered firearms to KNOWN criminal drug cartel members. A crime that would land us ordinary people in the cage. lie lie lie, delay delay delay, deny deny deny, until it goes away. When the judge orders the documents turned over to congressional oversight, get the jews stupid ass pet nigger Obama to declare executive privilege. Remember, none of this would even see the light of day if hildabitch were elected. The cheka kgb federalmeansjewish.gov would still be growing stronger. Joe the plumber had the assdacity to question what Obama was planning to do with his money. Obama was just going to “spread it around” redistribute it a little bit. Redistribute it from the pockets of those who worked for it and earned it into the pockets of those whose only work day is voting day. Within 48 hours 17 different agencies local, federal, and state were crawling up joe the plumbers asshole trying to destroy his life and livelihood because he dared ask Obama a question about where his money is going. The Mueller investigation is nothing more than a cover-our-asses expedition trying to come up with something, anything, that can justify the sham Hilary email server investigation and the sham trump Russiarussiarussia investigation. That adam Schiff is something else altogether. How these jew fuckers can tell so many lies over and over again is sheer wonderment. Have you no shame sir? No. None whatsoever. jews are proud of their lies. The jews are seasoned professional liars. At least with their stupid ass pet niggers you know you’re dealing with retards. You need an electron microscope to find a single brain cell in their heads. God help us when they put a coalition caucus of stupid ass congressniggers together. If they put a niggers brain in a butterfly the butterfly would fly backwards.

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