Confirmation: DOJ and FBI Used “Steele Dossier” for Application To FISA Court for Search Authority on Trump Campaign…

It can be difficult to see through the wording to understand the accurate story.  Sara Carter and Fox News are both confirming the DOJ and FBI used the Steele Dossier to get FISA-702 Data Surveillance Authority allowing them to spy on Trump campaign officials.

In the latest developments, as reported by Sara Carter and Fox News, the DOJ and FBI used the sketchy ‘Steele Dossier’ as the foundation for their FISA application. WATCH:

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Both Carter and Hannity use the term “FISA Warrants”, however in the interest of understanding, and accurately portraying what took place, it was not technically a “warrant” as we traditionally think about it.

A warrant implies advanced judicial approval to begin surveillance and collecting emails and phone calls etc.  Like a traditional Title III DOJ / law enforcement search warrant. But that’s not how FISA-702 works.

The FISA database, run by the NSA hub, already holds all the information, all the emails, texts, phone calls etc. The information already exists in a database. There are two steps to access the database of information:

♦Step One is to “Query” the database for your subject.  That search needs a factual legal reason to take place; like an ongoing investigation.  That search then returns an outcome, a set of information based on the “query” parameters.  If the user gets a positive response to the “query” then Yes, the database holds information related to what they are looking for.  Remember, there has to be a preexisting investigation to do the query.

♦Step Two is to “Open” the data set.  That’s the step that needs a “search warrant” to be legal.  That second step, the ‘looking at the information’ is where an approval from the FISA court is needed.  The investigator must fill out a FISA application and go to the FISA Court for approval. In order to get a FISA Court approval the investigator must show a valid reason for the search.

As reported by Sara Carter and Fox News, the DOJ and FBI used the sketchy ‘Steele Dossier’ as the foundation for their FISA application.

Example (not real):

•Step One: The DOJ/FBI official puts “Jared Kushner” into the search query.  This generates a number of responses. Perhaps his emails, phone call logs, actual intercepted recordings of his calls, or text messages, etc. (everything the NSA hub captures “about” Jared Kushner). There has to be a valid investigative reason in this step.  An investigation of Jared Kushner must be underway.

•Step Two: The DOJ/FBI official then quarantines the returned information and applies to the FISA Court for permission to review it.  The FBI/DOJ official has to tell the court why they want to look, ie. the FISA application. The FISA court grants the application and gives the FBI/DOJ official the approval. The application must have a legal basis as presented to the court – similar to that needed for a search warrant.

In 2016 NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers noted there were numerous FISA-702(17) unauthorized “About Queries” being conducted by the intelligence community.  These are queries that did not have an underlying investigation to support their taking place.

In essence, government officials were searching the system for information “About” U.S. principals not under any legal investigation. On October 26th 2016 Admiral Rogers reported those unauthorized searches to the FISA court and shut down the “About Query” process permanently.  (Full Backstory)

SARA CARTER – The unverified dossier alleging connections between President Trump’s campaign and the Russians was used as evidence by the FBI to gain approval from a secret court to monitor members of Trump’s team, this reporter has learned.

A large portion of the evidence presented in the salacious 35-page dossier put together by former British spy Christopher Steele, has either been proven wrong or remains unsubstantiated. However, the FBI gained approval nevertheless to surveil members of Trump’s campaign and “it’s outrageous and clearly should be thoroughly investigated,” said a senior law enforcement source, with knowledge of the process.

Multiple sources told this reporter that the dossier was used along with other evidence to obtain the warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as FISC. The sources also stressed that there will be more information in the coming week regarding systemic “FISA abuse.”

“(The dossier) certainly played a role in obtaining the warrant,” added another senior U.S. official, with knowledge of the dossier. “Congress needs to look at the FBI officials who were handling this case and see what, if anything, was verified in the dossier. I think an important question is whether the FBI payed anything to the source for the dossier.”  (read more)

President Obama’s political operatives within the DOJ-NSD were using FISA 702(17) surveillance “about inquiries” that would deliver electronic mail and phone communication for U.S. people (Trump campaign). The NSD unit (John Carlin) was working in coordination with the FBI Counterintelligence Unit (Bill Priestap, Peter Strzok etc.) to look at Trump campaign activity. DOJ Attorney Lisa Page was the intermediary between the DOJ National Security Division and he FBI Counterintelligence Division.

All research indicates the information the DOJ and FBI collected via their FISA-702(16)(17) queries, and the stuff Fusion GPS was creating via Christopher Steele (The “Russian Dossier), was used to create the Russian Narrative, “The Insurance Policy“.

♦Ultimately, the people within all of these unlawful intercepts of information is what Devin Nunes discovered when he looked at the “unmasking requests” which were a result of those FISA 702(17) collections on Team Trump. That’s why Devin Nunes was so stunned at what he saw in February and March 2017.

The ENTIRE SYSTEM of surveillance and data collection was weaponized against a political campaign.  They used the FISA Court to gain access to private data in order to monitor the Trump campaign and conduct surveillance on the officials therein.

RESOURCES:  – The BIG UGLY

IG Stimulated Releases of Information:

♦Release #1 was the FBI Agent Strzok and Attorney Lisa Page story; and the repercussions from discovering their politically motivated bias in the 2015/2016 Clinton email investigation and 2016/2017 Russian Election investigation.

♦Release #2 outlined the depth of FBI Agent Strzok and FBI Attorney Page’s specific history in the 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton to include the changing of the wording [“grossly negligent” to “extremely careless”] of the probe outcome delivered by FBI Director James Comey.

♦Release #3 was the information about DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr being in contact with Fusion GPS at the same time as the FISA application was submitted and granted by the FISA court; which authorized surveillance and wiretapping of candidate Donald Trump; that release also attached Bruce Ohr and Agent Strzok directly to the Steele Dossier.

♦Release #4 was information that Deputy Bruce Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, was an actual contract employee of Fusion GPS, and was hired by F-GPS specifically to work on opposition research against candidate Donald Trump. Both Bruce Ohr and Nellie Ohr are attached to the origin of the Christopher Steele Russian Dossier.

♦Release #5 was the specific communication between FBI Agent Strzok and FBI Attorney Page. The 10,000 text messages that included evidence of them both meeting with Asst. FBI Director Andrew McCabe to discuss the “insurance policy” against candidate Donald Trump in August of 2016.

 

 

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768 Responses to Confirmation: DOJ and FBI Used “Steele Dossier” for Application To FISA Court for Search Authority on Trump Campaign…

  1. bill says:

    T – 4 and counting! I hope!

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  2. tunis says:

    After all this Russiagate the Republican House reauthorizes FISA. No review. No waiting until the info is out on the abuses.

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  3. bill says:

    Based on what I have seen to date, Brennan came to Obama with this crack pot idea, that Page had something to do with Russia and Obama bought-in. But, it could have been Obama going to Brennan, and saying find me something. And, Page was the lucky winner.

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  4. Jane in Florida says:

    http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/251897/obama-steele-dossier-russiagate
    Did President Obama Read the ‘Steele Dossier’ in the White House Last August?

    Snip

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  5. fanbeav says:

    Just joined this sight! So much good info here. SD about ready to post another bombshell. Keep refreshing your screen on the home page!

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  6. Firefly says:

    Graham being nicey nicey with PTrump seems to have hit a snag:
    Trump attacks protections for immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries in Oval Office meeting
    Graham and Durbin thought they would be meeting with Trump alone and were surprised to find immigration hard-liners such as Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., at the meeting. The meeting was impromptu and came after phone calls this morning, Capitol Hill aides said.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-immigrants-shithole-countries-20180111-story.html

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  7. bill says:

    I keep seeing information that strongly suggest the CIA is involved, up to their respective necks in this. Anyone else?

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    • Firefly says:

      Smells like Brennan. It wreaks CIA. Brits involved too. When there are MI -5 and Russian agents talking to steele it wreaks of cia. Why Ohr met with Steele is odd. Usually it’s lawyer to lawyer or cia agent – to other country agent. Maybe Nellie Ohr is cia. A lot of pieces missing. I think putin is right once MI-5 always MI5. Same goes for FSB/KGB, and CIA.

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      • farrier105 says:

        I think we are supposed to believe Steele talked to the Russians. Most of the stuff is likely fiction without information from “sources” inside the PUTIN REGIME. I mean, are these Russians all suicidal? Why would Steele let his sources by outted like this? What kind of operative does that? Putin, trying to get a puppet elected President has his own spies tell the KNOWN former head of MI-6’s Russia Desk all about Putin’s plot, therefore rendering it ineffective by making the blackmail material public? They would ALL DIE.

        Steele only made $190K for the dossier. Nellie Ohr was paid $500K. Who did more work on the document? Where’s the rest of the $12 million Hillary paid if the (now dead?) Russians were not paid? Hillary getting conned like this is rich.

        Show us the money!

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  8. Brian says:

    Question, in one of the pictures above, the one with Baker, Page, McCabe and Strzok identified… when and where was that taken? They all have this “we’re screwed” look on their faces..

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  9. dallasdan says:

    Okay, the fact of a bogus reason for initiating the FISA surveillance is now “out there.” Now, the leftists’ and MSM’s continuing efforts to lie, obfuscate, delay, and deflect both the truth and the massively important implications of this political crime of the century cease to have merit in the mind of any objective observer.

    Unfortunately, much of the populace will purposely not admit to the criminal wrongdoing and will continue their assault on PDJP by either trying to block the sunlight of truth or move on to another incredulous fabrication to smear him. If it had not been fully unveiled before, the political war we are fighting is now completely exposed and fully illuminated.

    I speak in terms of realism and not hyperbole when I say the future of our republic depends upon how swiftly and thoroughly the treasonous co-conspirators are brought to justice.

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    • farrier105 says:

      The American people seem intent on “checking” Trump by giving Congress to the Democrats. This has to come out before August is over, or it never will. Democrats win Congress, this never sees the light of day, and Trump is out next. The public falls for it and gives them a President to go with majorities in both houses.

      Too many sheep.

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  10. D. Manny says:

    There’s only one tweak I would add to this part….

    “♦Step Two is to “Open” the data set. That’s the step that needs a “search warrant” to be legal. That second step, the ‘looking at the information’ is where an approval from the FISA court is needed. The investigator must fill out a FISA application and go to the FISA Court for approval. In order to get a FISA Court approval the investigator must show a valid reason for the search.”
    ———————-
    They were already looking at the information. It wasn’t illegal to have the information. The illegal part comes in with what they do with the information. All 16 intelligence agencies were sharing and had free access to all of the information from day one of the Obama admin. It looks like that level of access made them especially bold, which is where Rogers steps in. He’s apparently the only adult in the room. That’s evidenced by what Hennesy says here….

    Jan. 12, 2017 – Obama signs EO 12333.

    What is EO 12333?
    It expanded access to the raw intelligence among all 16 intelligence agencies instead of just the NSA.

    “With the new changes, which were long in the works, those agencies can apply for access to various feeds of raw, undoctored NSA intelligence. Analysts will then be able to sift through the contents of those feeds as they see fit, before implementing required privacy protections.”
    ———————————
    “BEFORE IMPLEMENTING PRIVACY PROTECTIONS” is very important here. In other words, they evaluate first whether the information is valuable enough to enact the minimization process.
    ———————————
    “FISA is a statute, so you’d need congressional action to change those rules, and you have a built-in check there. But 12333 is not constrained by statute; it’s constrained by executive order. In theory, a president could change an executive order—that’s within his constitutional power. It’s not as easy as just a pen stroke, but it’s theoretically possible.”

    “Hennessey: These changes have actually been in process for eight or nine years.”
    https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/01/obama-expanding-nsa-powers/513041/

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  11. free73735 says:

    I am posting this with the intent to bring a reminder, we are at war. Having said that, this is also for encouragement. The 2016 election of DJ Trump put America & us in a very similar place. This in a daily devotional written by IFCJ (International Fellowship of Christians and Jews). Rabbi Eckstein is the author.

    In 1947, just after Israel had won the United Nations vote for a Jewish state, David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel, said these poignant words: “When I returned to Jerusalem I saw the city happy and rejoicing, dancing in the streets and a big crowd gathering in the yard of the Jewish Agency building. I’ll admit the truth – that joy was not my lot – not because I did not appreciate the UN’s decision, but because I knew what awaited us: war with all the armies of the Arab nations.”

    These chilling words were the truth. Before the dream of nationhood could be realized, there would be much war, bloodshed, and tears.

    Around that same time, Chaim Weizmann, the first president of Israel, made a similar remark that later became famous. He said, “The state will not be given to the Jewish people on a silver platter.” He, too, realized that there would be a dear price to pay for Israel’s nationhood. Picking up on those words, Israeli poet Natan Alterman wrote a beautiful, yet heart-wrenching poem called “The Silver Platter.”

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  12. free73735 says:

    2nd post from one of Rabbi Eckstein”s devotionals, concerning the parallel between Israel and our situation today.

    During the Yom Kippur War in 1973, a soldier asked this moving question to then Prime Minister Golda Meir: “My father was killed in the War (of Independence in) 1948, and we won. My uncle was killed in the war of ’56, and we won. My brother lost an arm in the ’67 war, and we won. Last week, I lost my best friend over there . . . and we’re going to win. But is all of our sacrifice worthwhile, Golda?”

    In Psalm 126, the psalmist writes: “Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” This verse is often quoted in reference to the rebirth of the State of Israel, and it can be found on many buildings and monuments across the land.

    Israelis have spent much time weeping as they sowed the seeds of a new country. Some of those sacrifices have come in the form of working long days in the hot sun; others have come in the form of the ultimate sacrifice – losing a loved one or one’s own life.

    True, we have seen much fruit. Today Israel is a beautiful country with a thriving economy. However, we have not achieved our ultimate goal of being a safe people in our own land. Israelis still suffer from terror, war, and the loss of life. Is it worth it?

    Here is how Golda Meir answered the soldier on that day in 1973: “I weep for your loss, just as I grieve for all our dead. I lie awake at night thinking of them. And, I must tell you in all honesty, were our sacrifices for ourselves alone, then perhaps you would be right; I’m not at all sure they would be worthwhile. But if our sacrifices are for the sake of the whole Jewish people, then I believe with all my heart that any price is worthwhile.”

    Sometimes individuals or nations have to make difficult decisions for the sake of future generations. But remember, the freedom and prosperity that we enjoy today came from the blood, tears, and yes, sometimes the lives, of those who came before us. We owe it to them to do what they did for us, for our own children. Though we may weep as we plant, there will be joy in the future.

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  13. Disgusted says:

    What is meant by a “secret court”? The term is not explained.

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  14. Noonan says:

    If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; July 24, 1956, ch. 678, § 1, 70 Stat. 623; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)

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