The FBI took a shadowy anti-Trump document from the Hillary Clinton campaign–and used it as a reason to spy on American citizens.
The bombshell memo written by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), which was declassified and released Friday morning, showed a variety of abuses of power from the nation’s top law enforcement body.
First, then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who resigned last week, had testified that he didn’t think a Foreign Intelligence Service court would approve the warrant for the surveillance of Trump campaign volunteer, Carter Page, without the infamous “Trump dossier.”
The dossier, which was produced by a group called Fusion GPS and a former British spy Christopher Steele, was funded by the Clinton campaign, and made a number of outlandish claims about President Trump–none of which have been publicly corroborated by additional evidence.
Further, in their application to the court, the FBI did not disclose that the dossier had been funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party. They also didn’t mention that Steele had, apparently, a personal vendetta against Trump.
Much of the FBI’s application to the court was not released as part of the memo, so it’s unclear what other evidence they may or may not have had. But a law enforcement body using unproven claims–created by a rival campaign–in order to spy on the other party’s presidential candidate and his staff is clearly a massive breach of trust.
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