Aggregated From: The Federalist
FBI Agent Says DOJ Used Leaked Stories It Planted To Get FISA Warrants
An FBI agent reportedly told members of Congress in a closed-door interview on Friday that the FBI and the Department of Justice leaked stories to the media and then used those stories to justify obtaining a warrant to secretly surveil people close to Donald Trump.
A source who was at Friday’s interview told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Chuck Ross that FBI Special Agent Jonathan Moffa told members of the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees that “the FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the press and then used stories from the press as justifications for FISA warrants.”
On Monday, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina) tweeted that members of Congress had learned that in an effort to get a warrant to clandestinely surveil Trump’s campaign associates, the DOJ and FBI used news stories filled with information they themselves had leaked to these news outlets to obtain a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
We've learned NEW information suggesting our suspicions are true: FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the press, and then used those same press stories as a separate source to justify FISA's
Unreal. Tomorrow's Bruce Ohr interview is even more critical. Did he ever do this?
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) August 28, 2018
The warrant applications themselves, which were released, albeit heavily redacted, last month, revealed that the FBI used a Yahoo News article about Trump campaign associate Carter Page’s trip to Moscow in July 2016. This article contained information that Steele leaked to that reporter himself, according to the reporter who wrote the aforementioned article, though the FBI has maintained that Steele was not the source.
In a closed-door session of the House Oversight Committee today, members of Congress are interviewing Bruce Ohr, former associate deputy attorney general under then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates who was demoted after he peddled information from Christopher Steele, author of the infamous Steele dossier, to the DOJ long after the FBI had dropped the later as a source.