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The Obama’s Administration’s FISA Abuse Is a Massive Scandal

Obama speak President obamacarePerhaps if Democrats would momentarily shelve their obsession with Donald Trump, they’d comprehend the staggering abuse of power they’re defending these days.

Because much of Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing with DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz was jaw-dropping. Horowitz’s testimony, in fact, sounded little like the media depiction of the IG report only the day before. Most major outlets had stressed that the IG had found no bias in the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. But failing to uncover explicit instances of bias and exonerating the FBI aren’t the same thing.

Worse, most of the media had buried the lede. An honest headline would have read something like: “Obama’s FBI cooked up evidence to keep rickety investigation into Trump campaign going.”

From yesterday’s hearing:

Senator Ted Cruz: “A lawyer at the FBI creates fraudulent evidence, alters an email that is in turn used as the basis for a sworn statement to the court that the court relies on. Am I stating that accurately?”

Horowitz: “That’s correct.”

This isn’t a matter of “sloppiness,” as so many of the FBI’s defenders had insisted. A lawyer for the nation’s top law-enforcement agency, run by the Obama administration, concocted evidence and modified emails to use in warrant application, which was the “basis” of a sworn statement in court. All of it to keep open, during an election season, a “low threshold” counterintelligence investigation into the opposition party’s political campaign.

A person would need to suspend his disbelief to believe that a government lawyer would risk fabricating this kind evidence in such a sensitive case without any partisan intent. By any standard, though, it is corruption. As I noted in my piece yesterday, the FBI misled a FISA court that already hands out warrants at a 99.8 percent rate — in a case against Trump that Americans were assured was an absolute no-brainer.

Who oversaw the process? How many people saw these warrants? According to Horowitz, “managers and supervisors in the Crossfire Hurricane chain of command, including FBI senior officials who were briefed as the investigation progressed” all knew what was going on. No one said a word.

A flailing Senator Richard Blumenthal, forgetting the most vital rule of lawyering, tried to induce Horowitz to admit that warrants allowing the FBI to spy on one-time Trump aide Carter Page had actually yielded useful information:

Senator Blumenthal: “[FISAs] are renewed because they are producing useful information, correct?”

IG: “Or they should be producing useful information.”

Blumenthal: ”. . . they were producing useful information, correct?”

IG: “I’m not sure that’s entirely correct.”

What Horowitz did tell the Senate was that FISA warrants relied “entirely” on useless information found in the fictitious Steele dossier — a document that not only allegedly featured intelligence gleaned from foreign powers, but one that was paid for by the same political party running the DOJ and running against Trump. We know it yielded no beneficial information, because Crossfire Hurricane generated a total of zero convictions for criminal conspiracy between Trump’s 2016 campaign and dreaded Russians.

What the case has done is create an array of dangerous precedents. What, for instance, stops Republicans from cobbling together their own salacious “dossier,” sending it to friends in the executive branch and law enforcement, using it to obtain FISA warrants, leaking it to a compliant media, all while propelling an investigation that smears a bunch of their adversaries for political reasons?

Faith in the FBI?

Obama administration defenders such as Michael McFaul tell us that “Americans, not just Democrats, should be thankful that partisanship does not influence the FBI’s work.” Pardon my skepticism, but this was a case that featured FBI lawyers manufacturing evidence to spy on a political campaign. It featured FBI agents promising to “stop” the president. It featured top FBI leadership, the same people who have been lecturing us about patriotism and loyalty, lying to the American people.

Why didn’t CNN contributor Andrew McCabe — who “handpicked” the agents involved in crafting the FISA warrants before being fired from the FBI for misconduct — ever speak up about these abuses? In 2018, the former head of the FBI James Comey, said: “I have total confidence that the FISA process was followed and that the entire case was handled in a thoughtful, responsible way. . . . I think the notion that FISA was abused here is nonsense.” Was he lying?

Now if your argument is that FISA abuse such as this goes on all the time . . . well, that too is a huge scandal for the Obama administration and the FBI. Hopefully the Republicans will change their position on surveillance powers. Whether they do or do not, however, does not mitigate the harm of this scandal.

The institutional media? It treated anyone who cautioned about FISA abuse or the misuse of the dossier as conspiracy theorists. It has lost all credibility on the issue. It’s going to be impossible for them to walk back three years of misplaced journalistic certitude to honestly assess this scandal. But I have no doubt that if a Republican administration had snooped on a Democratic-party candidate utilizing fabricated evidence and a fantastical opposition file — put together by a one-time foreign agent, no less — it would be treated as one of the biggest political scandals of the era. For good reason.

Reprinted with permission from - National Review - by David Harsanyi

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Patriot Will

Short of murdering President Trump, it doesn’t get much worse. Obama and his goons are big time hoodlums who have absolutely no respect for the Constitution and the American citizens.

Paul DAscenz

Barack O’Bama should be incarcerated.
He abused his office, to spy and destroy President Trumps Election.
I’m angered, by this and the Attack on Liberty! God Bless President Trump!
God Bless America!

Stephen Russell

Prosecute, probe all in the Obama Admin for FISA etc since they started this coup day 1. No exceptions, had 3 years of this BS

Press ONE for English

Regarding this entire mess, and this phony impeachment, I believe people are missing a key point. That is, I contend that the left really does not care if all this is successful in impeaching and removing President Trump. If they succeed, great, but their real purpose here is twofold: One, to keep President Trump so tied up in litigation that his effectiveness, his ability to effect change, is compromised. A subset of this is making Trump look like a crook or a fool to the nations of the world, someone not to be trusted or dealt with. Second, of course, is to influence voters against Trump, causing them to vote for someone else. So, even if the Republicans “win” and defeat this impeachment in the senate, the left may still come out the winner, thanks to their nefarious and questionable acts, and collusion with the mass media, assuming that their… Read more »

JerryH

The so-called mainstream media has no credibility. They ignore the obvious in order to push a false narrative. Isn’t it amazing how Democrats always say they are innocent all the while accusing others of doing the very things for which they are guilty? Every guilty party to this FISA abuse scandal needs to be exposed and brought to justice.

Alex Margin

This lengthy, worn out fiasco — concocted by the Obama Administration under entirely false pretense — makes Watergate look like a petty misdemeanor! Enough is enough. Exonerate the innocent Mr. Trump and prosecute those from within the former Obama Administration who have committed serious crimes. Once that is done, conservative lawmakers need to put the Journalism profession on notice. Report only facts and all known facts, do so without political bias, cease being the propaganda wing of any political party, or risk being permanently shut down! The bottom line: Two entities are responsible for this ongoing witchhunt of our President … Democrats and the mainstream mass media.

J. FARLEY

THE MEDIA AND THE DEMONRATE DON’T GIVE A FLIP WHAT OBAMA , AND THE DOJ, FBI,CLAPPER AND BRENNAN DID BECAUSE IT WAS GOING AFTER PRES. TRUMP. OBAMA AND HOLDER WERE TWO OF THE MOST CORRUPT PEOPLE IN OUR GOVERNMENT.
AS FOR SEN. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL HE SHOULD KEEP HIS MOUTH SHUT , HE IS A STOLEN VALOR SLIM-BALL , HE IS A DISGRACE
TO ALL WHO HAVE SERVED PROUDLY IN OUR MILITARY.
TRUMP/PENCE 2020 BECAUSE A VOTE FOR A DEMONRAT IS A VOTE FOR CORRUPTION , IF THE DEMONRATS TAKE CONTROL OF OUR GOVERNMENT WE WILL NEVER SEE FREE ELECTIONS WITHOUT FIGHT AND I MEAN A FIGHT

John A Bird

The Demoncraps could not accept that Donald Trump is our President and this was a definite coup attempt to oust him and it continues to this day. The entire Democraptic party should be hung until pronounced dead!

Burton

A lot of folks are awaiting the prosecuting of the guilty persons in this whole mess. Otherwise there is no Justice for chicanery by the folks who did all these crimes against We the people.

lee howell

almost everyone is acting like hillary clinton has been cleared of all wrong doing. This is not so. J. Comey is not a judge and the fbi is not a court of law. Until she is tried in a court of law, she has been cleared of nothing. Reinvestigate the clinton cartel and the rats that are hiding the truth.

Hdrydr

Nothing will be done to the imposter president, the obamanation. He was hand picked by the Democraps (Socialist/Communists) to lead America into total destruction using the race card and guilt (that works on the liberal snowflakes and the other low/no information clowns). To say anything against his ignorant ideals or ignorant utterances is to be branded RACIST (only if you’re white). Look no further to see where the orders for the left and the deep state come from.

Lynn Mliller

It is impossible to adequately describe how disgusted I am with the Democrats and their colluding media cronies. If these criminal traitors get their way, there will be no Constitutional freedom left to any American because the Federal government will have precedence to ride roughshod over any of us at will while knowing criminal traitorous bureaucrats, spies, agents, officials, and elected representatives can get away with it, bury evidence, and dismiss responsibility. WHEN WILL WE SEE PROSECUTIONS!

Lyn DeCa

So tired of all the bs..and nothing ever happens…just more lies. Am I the only one who is tired of reading about scandal after scandal and nothing gets done about them?

Arthur Casanova

The Democ-RAT Party is showing their hand clearly as to the Socialist, Communist country they want us to be. There is no due process, or justice against reckless accusations. They are no longer lulling us with the eight years of Obama smooth talk and deceptive lies. The RATs do not believe in a strong country. Republican Party must stand shoulder to shoulder and Keep America Great. We cannot allow our country to slide further into the abyss planned by the DemocRATs.

Florence Bradley

and……, there is much more to follow. The lies, manipulation, illegalities, and crimes committed by the left’s cronies in the FBI, DOJ, Congress, etc. are just the surface of the iceberg. They have broken so many laws that will eventually be exposed.

‘Nonymus

When is Obama going to be held accountable for his actions? A scandals? Really, that’s the best you got?

Rick J.

The senate will not convict and the dimocraps are not going to stop their efforts to remove
President Trump. The only way this is going to stop, is if the republicans retake the house.
If President Trump is reelected and Republicans retake the house, dimocraps will claim
fraud, and the nation will be on the brink of civil war. Prepare yourself to fight or surrender.

Edgar

Where are the indictments for these criminals? I submit, that if actions are not taken to bring the perpetrators to justice, then Americans will finally lose what little bit of trust we still have in our elected officials. It is beyond shameful.

Kenneth Foner

To me everyone in the press has they 2016 election story wrong. Did Russia mess in our 2106 election? YES, and it was to only hurt Hillary, they did not care who the Republican candidate was. Why? Because Hillary as Secretary of State interfered in Putin’s election in 2011/12. Their interference did help Donald Trump but that was just because he was the candidate opposing her, their help would have been the same for any other candidate. Did the FBI manufacture evidence? Yes, to stop Donald Trump, they probably would have done it against any other Republican also to insure her election. Did the Ukraine’s mess in the 2016 election? Yes, but they did it to help Hillary, assuming that she would be more favorable to them than Trump. But, since she lost the Democrat don’t regard that as interference. All the interference had to do with Russia stopping Hillary… Read more »

Paul W

The dims comprehend the abuse of power they’re defending, alright. That’s WHY they’re obsessed with DJT. He wasn’t “supposed” to win. All of this, including obama and his administration’s involvement…as well as other staggering dim corruption would’ve been neatly swept under the rug. Oh…they comprehend full well.