Guest post by Joe Hoft
Over the past few years the DOJ and FBI redacted documents in the name of national security but their real reason was later uncovered as an effort to hide their crimes. They also will not allow Congress to obtain copies of records and instead only allow Congress to review documents maintained at an FBI or DOJ location. Now this too is catching up to them as their efforts to swap documents or create two versions of documents are being uncovered.
During the recent Hearing in front of Congress some excellent questions were asked of corrupt Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein by Representative Matt Gaetz from Florida –
According to Jeff at themarketswork there was a key exchange hidden in the video above –
Here’s a transcript of the Gaetz/Rosenstein Exchange. First the buildup:
Rep. Gaetz: Did you read the FISA application before you signed it?
Deputy AG Rosenstein: I won’t comment about any FISA application.
Rep. Gaetz: You won’t say to the committee whether or not you read the document you signed that authorized spying on people associated with the Trump campaign.
Deputy AG Rosenstein: I dispute your characterization of what that FISA is about, sir.
Rosenstein’s statement “I dispute your characterization of what that FISA is about” is tantalizing – but not necessarily inconsistent. Page had left the Trump Campaign prior to the FISA Issuance.
Nevertheless, the Page FISA Warrant allowed for two-step surveillance. People associated with Page – like those still involved in the Trump Campaign – could also be surveilled.
Now we get the payoff:
Deputy AG Rosenstein: My responsibility at that time was to approve the filing of FISA applications. Because only three people in the department are authorized to sign it: the Attorney General, the Deputy, and the Assistant Attorney General for national security, which was vacant at the time.
…We sit down with a team of attorneys from the Department of Justice. All of whom review that and provide a briefing for us for what’s in it. And I’ve reviewed that one in some detail, and I can tell you the information about that doesn’t match with my understanding of the one that I signed, but I think it’s appropriate to let the Inspector General complete that investigation. These are serious allegations. I don’t do the investigation — I’m not the affiant. I’m reviewing the finished product, sir.
If the Inspector General finds that I did something wrong then I’ll respect that judgment, but I think it is highly, highly unlikely given the way the process works.
Here’s the important connection.
Jeff at themarketswork continued with the following –
The Page FISA Application was viewed by the following members of Congress no later than January 31, 2018:
- Chuck Grassley
- Bob Goodlatte
- Trey Gowdy
- Lindsey Graham
- Jerrold Nadler (or staff)
- John Ratcliffe
- Adam Schiff
- Dianne Feinstein
- Sheldon Whitehouse
On April 6, 2018, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd took the unusual step of allowing all House and Senate Intelligence Committee Members to view the FISA Application (Boyd’s letter here):
The Department and the FBI agree to permit all members of the Committee to review the FISA applications and renewals in camera at the Department. The Department considers this an extraordinary accommodation based on unique facts and circumstances.
We are also extending this review opportunity to the members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
The DOJ agreed to allow all members of the House Intelligence Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee to review the Carter Page FISA Application.
The problem with the FISA memo that Jeff at themarketswork points out is that it appears that there were two different FISA memo’s that were presented by the FBI. One memo is the one that was presented to the FISA court and signed by corrupt DAG Rosenstein. The other memo is the one that the members of Congress were allowed to see. Apparently, either the documents were illegally duplicated or Rod Rosenstein is lying – both which are crimes.
In addition, we are now seeing a pattern like the redacting of documents by the FBI to cover up FBI and DOJ crimes. The FBI and DOJ will not provide Congress with copies of documents. They say they are doing this again for national security, but this is clearly not the case. The reason that the FBI and DOJ will not hand over copies of documents is because this way they can change or alter documents provided to different sources to hide their crimes.
These actions go against honest and transparent reporting. Whenever an auditor or inspector is reviewing documentation and an error or fraud is uncovered, immediately a copy of the document is obtained for evidence. This provides cover for any misunderstandings and cover-ups in the future. By not providing documentation to Congress, the FBI and DOJ enable themselves to commit more crimes by falsifying documents or creating multiple versions of the same document to cover up their crimes. It appears that Congress has caught them doing just that.