FBI and DOJ Used Phony Unverified Steele Dossier to Spy on Trump – Shutdown Uncovers Multiple Illegalities with its Use
Guest post by Joe Hoft
The FBI and DOJ used the unverified and fake Steele Dossier to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on President Trump volunteer Carter Page and President Trump. Carter Page just identified another problem for the DOJ and FBI related to the use of this phony document.
Law and Crime reports that the Steele dossier poses a problem for the FBI and DOJ beyond using the unverified ridiculous document to obtain a warrant to spy on Carter Page –
Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page is accusing the U.S. government of breaking the law in their use of Christopher Steele‘s dossier, but not for the reason one might expect. Page posted a cryptic tweet that appeared to accuse attorneys of breaking the law, supposedly regarding his personal situation involving the FBI using a FISA warrant to monitor him.
31 U.S.C. § 1342: officer of the USG may not accept voluntary services or employ personal services exceeding that authorized by law…
Looks like the government shutdown may teach some legal concepts to professionals in the Bar which they should have practiced years ago!#MAGA!
— Carter Page, Ph.D. (@carterwpage) December 27, 2018
Page said in a Thursday tweet, citing 31 U.S.C. § 1342, also known as the Antideficiency Act. That law prohibits federal or D.C. government officers or employees from accepting “voluntary services for either government or employ personal services exceeding that authorized by law except for emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property.”
So what does this have to do with Page, or the government shutdown for that matter?
Apparently, Page was looking at a report by the Congressional Research Service titled, “Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects.” Updated on December 10, soon before the current shutdown, the report cites the Antideficiency Act in discussing how government agencies can’t function without appropriations because they’re forbidden from making outside arrangements. Page cited this report in an email to Law&Crime, apparently figuring that Justice Department attorneys involved in his case may have noticed it and connected the same dots he did to his own situation.
“Beginning in the months preceding the 2016 election,” Page said, “certain political organizations and their servants were providing voluntary services to the DOJ, FBI and other government agencies in the form of their Dodgy Dossier, which they were then feeding into the U.S. Intelligence Community.”