FBI and media leaks

LifezetteFBI officials “coordinated” leaks to the media that were then used in their Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant application to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said Thursday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

“One of the things that we’ve recently found out … in a new batch of text messages is that there was a coordinated effort by those at the FBI to actually leak to the media,” Meadows (shown above right) told host Laura Ingraham.

“We now have documents that prove it — where they leaked to the media. Then, they used the same information to verify the veracity of their claims and actually use that for a FISA warrant,” said Meadows, who is chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.

“Well, you can’t do both. So the FBI had a ‘leak to the media’ strategy, and it’s troubling,” he added.

It has been known for some time that the FBI used media reports in their FISA application on Carter Page to support their version of events (eg, the Steele dossier). Many of those media reports were sourced to Steele himself, meaning they have no additional evidentiary value. The question is whether that was deliberate malfeasance by the FBI, or whether Steele was talking to the media behind the FBI's back.

The FBI's story is that they fired Steele when they found out he was talking to the media.

The truth appears to be that they pretended to fire Steele, but kept using his information, funneled through Bruce and Nellie Ohr. They also applied for multiple renewals of the FISA warrant on Page without informing the court of their source's credibility issues.

Evidence has recently come to light indicating Bruce Ohr was keeping Andrew Weissman "in the loop" on Steele's information. Wiessman was also meeting with reporters and talking to them about the investigation. The IG report on the Clinton email investigation also discovered a culture of leaking within the FBI -- pervasively, including taking bribes from reporters on a regular basis. It strains credibility to believe none of that was coordinated to help investigations. And leaks are starting to suggest the redacted portions of the FISA warrant application contain more media sources, some explicitly based off of leaks.

So the evidence suggests they did this in at least one case, likely several times, and the culture is there to support doing it much more often. If it happens often, that's a pretty big scandal in itself -- one that the press has paid little attention to once the IG report on the Clinton email investigation disappeared.

This entry was published Sat Sep 08 10:08:13 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-09-08 10:08:13.0. [Tweet]

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