The Comey FBI’s 17 worst failures, inaccuracies and omissions flagged in the Russia FISA report

JohnSolomonReports:

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz identified 17 serious omissions, inaccuracies and failures involving the FBI’s conduct in the Russia collusion investigation and its pursuit of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant targeting the Trump campaign.

The significant failings are laid bare in a report made public Monday that showed the FBI withheld from the FISA court misgivings about its star informant Christopher Steele, as well as evidence of innocence against targets like former Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.

Here is the list of the 17 flagged failures in the FBI’s handling of FISA warrants in 2016 and 2017, as described in Horowitz’s own words.

1. Omitted information the FBI had obtained from another U.S. government agency detailing its prior relationship with Page, including that Page had been approved as an “operational contact” for the other agency from 2008 to 2013, and that Page had provided information to the other agency concerning his prior contacts with certain Russian intelligence officers, one of which overlapped with facts asserted in the FISA application;

2. Included a source characterization statement asserting that Steele’s prior reporting had been “corroborated and used in criminal proceedings,” which overstated the significance of Steele’s past reporting and was not approved by Steele’s handling agent, as required by the Woods Procedures;

3. Omitted information relevant to the reliability of Person 1, a key Steele sub-source (who was attributed with providing the information in Report 95 and some of the information in Reports 80 and 102 relied upon in the application), namely that (1) Steele himself told members of the Crossfire Hurricane team that Person 1 was a “boaster” and an “egoist” and “may engage in some embellishment” and (2) INFORMATION REDACTED

4. Asserted that the FBI had assessed that Steele did not directly provide to the press information in the September 23 Yahoo News article based on the premise that Steele had told the FBI that he only shared his election-related research with the FBI and Fusion GPS, his client; this premise was incorrect and contradicted by documentation in the Woods File- Steele had told the FBI that he also gave his information to the State Department;

5. Omitted Papadopoulos’s consensually monitored statements to an FBI CHS in September 2016 denying that anyone associated with the Trump campaign was collaborating with Russia or with outside groups like Wikileaks in the release of emails;

6. Omitted Page’s consensually monitored statements to an FBI CHS in August 2016 that Page had “literally never met” or “said one word to” Paul Manafort and that Manafort had not responded to any of Page’s emails; if true, those statements were in tension with claims in Report 95 that Page was participating in a conspiracy with Russia by acting as an intermediary for Manafort on behalf of the Trump campaign; and

7. Included Page’s consensually monitored statements to an FBI CHS in October 2016 that the FBI believed supported its theory that Page was an agent of Russia but omitted other statements Page made that were inconsistent with its theory, including denying having met with Sechin and Divyekin, or even knowing who Divyekin was; if true, those statements contradicted the claims in Report 94 that Page had met secretly with Sechin and Divyekin about future cooperation with Russia and shared derogatory information about candidate Clinton. more here

4 Comments on The Comey FBI’s 17 worst failures, inaccuracies and omissions flagged in the Russia FISA report

  1. just plain weirdness; interesting, but probably not important:
    pull up the report.
    search for “comey” = no results
    search for “corney” = 149 matches, but appear as “comey”

    it will make searching the document for that specific more difficult, however.

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  2. Omissions, inaccuracies, errors, failures…

    I’m sick of this mealymouth way of describing fraud and lies.

    There’s a reason that the law does not require all conspirators to have all information in order to be convicted. They only have to know the goal of the enterprise, group undertaking, and participate in furtherance of it in their own small way.

    I want perpwalks. I want hangings.

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  3. @toby miles is right. This report is a complete legal fraud because “comey” has not actually been cited. “corney” has been created by inserting an artistic font to only appear to be “comey.” As usual the actual corrupt politicians are counting on blind ignorance to make their scam report.

    http://82.221.129.208/.vw4.html

    “UPDATE: I am shamed to admit I peeked at what I knew would be crap, AND IT IS STUPID FAR BEYOND ALL EXPECTATIONS. I think it actually broke the law. Additionally it has key critical redactions that don’t have anything to do with national security at all. I predict full on frontal GARBAGE.
    OK, WE GOT THE ANSWER, THE REPORT IS A CRIME AGAINST THE UNITED STATES, HERE’S THE KEY LINE THAT PROVES IT: “Although we also found no evidence that Corney had been made aware of these issues at the time he certified the application” PUT A FORK IN IT, SHE’S DONE JUST LIKE I SAID. It is not a report at all, THEY ARE CALLING COMEY CORNEY AND ARE EXPECTING PEOPLE TO ACCEPT IT. THIS APPEARS ALL THROUGH THE REPORT, “COMEY” IS NOT EVEN MENTIONED ONCE. THIS IS GRADE SCHOOL LEVEL DEBAUCHERY.
    You can’t even search “Comey” in the document, if you want to find “Comey” you have to type “Corney”. What an insult!!!
    OK, I CHECKED THE DOCUMENT FOR “COMEY” AND GOT ZERO HITS. I THEN CHECKED IT FOR “CORNEY” AND GOT 149 HITS. AND THEY USED A FONT THAT TURNS THE R AND THE N INTO AN M. THAT PROVES DECEPTION, THIS THING IS AS FAKE AS FRUIT LOOPS.
    Both normal R’s and normal N’s appear throughout the document which means a special R and a special N were made in the font that don’t use the R and the N keys to get a fake “M” to show. Take a look, it is obvious. ” [as follows]

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