SHOCKING: 7 Bombshell Facts from the IG Hearing That Blow Up the Media Narrative
Contrary to media spin, Inspector General Horowitz’ testimony confirms that the FBI relied on the Clinton-funded Steele Dossier and doctored evidence to spy on the Trump campaign while burying real evidence that undermined the investigation.
In Today’s hearing didn’t just expose how deeply corrupt the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign in 2016 was; it blew a gaping hole in the media’s shameless attempts to downplay the Inspector General’s findings.
It’s nothing short of shocking. No wonder CNN hardly covered it. Here are seven of the most egregious facts that were confirmed today.
FACT: The FISA warrants secured by the FBI to spy on the Trump campaign and jump-start the investigation were based “entirely” on the discredited and debunked Clinton-funded Steele Dossier. (WATCH)
After initially failing to obtain FISA approval, the FBI used information from the Steele Dossier to secure surveillance warrants.
- HOROWITZ: “This was particularly noteworthy because the FISA applications relied entirely on information from the primary sub-sources reporting [in the Steele Dossier] tosupport the allegation that Page was coordinating with the Russian government on 2016 U.S. presidential election activities.”
FACT: Even after the FBI knew the Clinton-funded Steele Dossier was discredited garbage, FBI officials hid that information from the FISA court, allowing the spying to continue. (WATCH)
- HOROWITZ: “Department lawyers and the court should have been given complete and accurate information… before authorizing the surveillance of a U.S. Person associated with a presidential campaign. That did not occur. And as a result, the surveillance of Carter Page continued even as the FBI gathered information that… made the FISA applications less accurate.“
FACT: Inspector General Horowitz could not rule out the possibility that FBI officials acted out of “political bias” when they refused to report “exculpatory evidence” regarding the Steele Dossier to the FISA court as required. (WATCH)
- GRAHAM: “They have a duty to report to their supervisors and the court exculpatory information?”HOROWITZ: “Absolutely.”GRAHAM: “They did not?”HOROWITZ: “They did not.”GRAHAM: “Can you say it wasn’t because of political bias?”
HOROWITZ: “On decisions regarding those FISA matters, I do not know their state of mind at this point.”
FACT: The FBI significantly doctored a document with fraudulent information in order to justify a renewal of the FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign. (WATCH)
An FBI official forwarded an email from another government agency acknowledging that it had had a prior relationship with Carter Page, but deceptively added the words “not a source” to alter the original message of the email. This false information was then used to justify a renewal of the FISA warrant.
- 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. That is what occurred.”
FACT: It was not just “low-level employees” who made serious errors. There were also major mistakes made by senior FBI officials who were briefed as the investigation progressed. (WATCH)
- HOROWITZ: “The circumstances reflect the failure, as we outline in the report, not just by those who prepared the applications, but also by the managers and supervisors in the Crossfire-Hurricane chain of command including FBI senior officials who were briefed as the investigation progressed.”
FACT: The FBI deceptively used strategic intelligence briefings for the Trump campaign as an opportunity to spy on campaign officials. (WATCH)
- GRASSLEY: “We noted that text messages between Strzok and Page indicated that the FBI may have used defensive briefings not to warn the Trump campaign but to investigate it… Would you agree that with respect to the defensive briefings, the Trump campaign’s briefings were treated differently than those provided to the Clinton campaign?”…HOROWITZ: “They were treated differently in that the agent wrote it up to the file and put the information in the file. The briefings were identical but the net result was one was for investigative purposes and one was purely for the intelligence briefing.”
FACT: Despite his claims to the contrary, there is absolutely nothing in the IG report that “vindicates” James Comey. (WATCH)
- GRAHAM: “Former FBI director James Comey said this week that your report vindicates him. Is that a fair assessment of your report?”HOROWITZ: “I think the activities we found here don’t vindicate.”