The first charges in the Justice Department’s FISA Abuse investigation have been filed against an FBI official who “altered documents” so they could investigate the Trump campaign in 2016.
According to the charges, the altered documents allowed the FBI to begin spying on Trump aid Carter Page, who was later considered a key witness in the Mueller probe.
While it is still unclear exactly which FBI official is being charged, a whole host of high profile names have already been implicated in the investigation headed by Inspector General Michael Horowitz. These names include FBI officials such as:
- James Comey
- Andrew McCabe
- Lisa Page
- Peter Strozk
The FBI was forced to justify their spying efforts to a secret FISA court in order to get warrants against Carter Page. They had to prove that there was sufficient evidence to suggest he was a “foreign actor”. Despite this and the focus in the Mueller probe, Page has NEVER been charged with a crime.
Prior to be fired by President Trump in 2019, former FBI Director James Comey was required to sign off on the FISA requests. After his firing, the responsibility went to Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
The report itself will explore exactly how pages of anti-Trump propaganda collected by British spy Christopher Steele, known as the Steele dossier, ended up becoming the main piece of evidence used to justify the FBI’s investigation.
The Steele Dossier was funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign using backchannel sources including the Democrat’s political law firm Perkins Coie. It was then handed off by Steele to an ally who gave it to then-Senator John McCain at an event, who handed it over to the FBI. Documents from that era prove that the FBI had determined the dossier to be an unreliable source of information, raising the question of how it was able to still be approved as an evidence source.
The entirety of the Horrowitz report is scheduled to be released on December 9.