(National Sentinel)Â Corruption: A top Republican lawmaker says he believes that the FBI not only paid for the now-discredited “dossier” on President Donald J. Trump but improperly used it to justify obtaining a surveillance warrant on his campaign.
Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, during testimony from FBI Director Christopher Wray, demanded to know if anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok used the dossier to justify obtaining a surveillance warrant from the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.
“Director, did Peter Strozk help produce and present the application to the FISA court to secure a warrant to spy on Americans associated with the Trump campaign?” he asked, though Wray declined to answer that question in a public hearing, suggesting he would rather discuss the answer during a closed-door session.
“Letâ€™s remember a couple of things about the dossier,â€ Jordan said. â€œThe Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign, which we now know were one and the same, paid the law firm who paid Fusion GPS who paid Christopher Steele who then paid Russians to put together a report that we call a dossier full of all kinds of fake news, National Enquirer garbage and itâ€™s been reported that this dossier was all dressed up by the FBI, taken to the FISA court and presented as a legitimate intelligence document â€” that it became the basis for a warrant to spy on Americans.
“The easiest way to clear it up is tell us whatâ€™s in that application and who took it there,” he said.
The Ohio Republican added: “Hereâ€™s what I think â€” I think Peter Strozk â€¦ Mr. Super Agent at the FBI, I think heâ€™s the guy who took the application to the FISA court and if that happened, if this happened, if you have the FBI working with a campaign, the Democratsâ€™ campaign, taking opposition research, dressing it all up and turning it into an intelligence document so they can take it to the FISA court so they can spy on the other campaign, if that happened, that is as wrong as it gets.”
Later, during an appearance onÂ Fox Business‘ “Lou Dobbs Tonight” program, Jordan said he believes that the FISA court application used to open surveillance on the Trump campaign will prove that the FBI used the discredited dossier to essentially spy on a rival political campaign.
“There are a couple of fundamental questions here. Did the FBI pay Christopher Steele? I asked that of the Attorney General two weeks ago he wouldnâ€™t answer the question. Did they actually vet this dossier?” he said.
“Because itâ€™s been disproven, a bunch of lies, a bunch of National Enquirer garbage and fake news in this thing. Did they actually check it out before they brought it to the FISA Court which Iâ€™m convinced they did. And all of this can be cleared up if they release the application that they took to the court,” he added.
“I think they wonâ€™t give it to us because they did pay Christopher Steele. I think they did use the dossier as the basis for the warrants to spy on Americans associated with President Trumpâ€™s campaignâ€¦ (Strzok) is the guy who took the dossier to the FISA court,” Jordan said.
Here’s the exchange:
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