The Federal Bureau of Instigation got caught with their hand in the cookie jar — all the way up to the elbow. Even so, all the top brass are heavily relieved that Michael Horowitz didn’t recommend criminal charges. Only one lawyer at the Department of Injustice got sacrificially thrown under the bus for “altering an email.”
The Carter Page wiretap was handled so badly that it amounts to criminal stupidity if nothing else. Many Americans are still holding their breath that U.S. attorney John Durham will have the stones to bring charges against the deep state DOJ traitors.
Meanwhile, FBI Director Christopher Wray announced that the Carter Page investigation will literally become the textbook case in what not to do. Hoping to assure the public that the rule of law still does exist in America, Wray laid out a series of proposed reforms on Friday.
Judge Rosemary Collyer, the chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, was so furious about the way the court had been mislead, probably on purpose — no matter what the Horowitz report had to say, she ordered Wray to come up with a plan to make sure it won’t happen again.
Wray came back, hat in hand, and promised to totally overhaul the training program that agents and lawyers go through to make certain that “future surveillance applications are complete and properly vetted.”
“The FBI has the utmost respect for this court, and deeply regrets the errors and omissions identified by the (inspector general),” Wray groveled, admitting that the bureau’s conduct was “unacceptable and unrepresentative of the FBI as an institution.”
Horowitz, the inspector general for the Justice Department, found 17 important “inaccuracies” in the requests to wiretap Carter Page when he was President Trump’s foreign policy campaign adviser. The way Trump sees it, the report shows an “attempted overthrow” of the government.
A wiretap was approved and renewed three times between 2016 and 2017. The FBI kept insisting that Page was “conspiring with the Russian government,” even though they had hard evidence suggesting the exact opposite.
Wray is fully aware that the power unleashed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is “an indispensable tool in national security investigations,” and he wants to be able to keep using it.
“In recognition of our duty of candor to the court and our responsibilities to the American people, the FBI is committed to working with the court and (Justice Department) to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the FISA process,” Wray wrote.
That’s why from now on, all trainees will study the Carter Page case as a “case study.” Both agents and lawyers expected to work on FISA related matters will be required to complete the new training.
Wray will have it up and running by April 30, he assures and everyone will be up to speed by June 30.
“I am determined that operational personnel understand, holistically, what occurred during the activities reflected in the (inspector general’s) report, and that, in addition, personnel working on FISA applications understand the importance of rigor during each and every phase of the application process,” Wray promises.
Judge Collyer is still steamed about the way the FBI misled the court time and time again. “The frequency with which representations made by FBI personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable.” she wrote.
The system was so dysfunctional that a handpicked team, entrusted with one of the most sensitive investigations that the FBI could possibly make, committed so many “basic and fundamental errors” that it’s hard to imagine how they couldn’t have been intentional.
The most common thing that was done accidentally on purpose was leaving out important information. Especially, information that contradicted their case. As the intelligence came in the case crumbled to pieces because Page wasn’t guilty of anything to start with.
As Horowitz described it in Senate testimony, the spying continued “even as investigators gathered new evidence that weakened the assessment of Page’s activities.”
As far as Christopher Steele goes, Horowitz concluded that investigators “overstated” his reliability. They lied to the court when they said the information in his dirty dossier had been “corroborated and used in criminal proceedings.”
When a document that they were supposed to attach to a court filing showed that their claims were wrong, they simply “forgot” to attach it. The supervisor who was supposed to check admits that he “didn’t necessarily review full documents to make sure they supported what the agents claimed.” Never ask questions if you don’t want to hear the answer.
The one person Horowitz did send over for prosecution was an attorney for the FBI who switched around an email that was used as evidence. Page supplied information to another government agency. The attorney did a cut and paste job to make it the other way around, as if the agency gave the information to Page. That evidence was used to cover up a piece of information which would have blown the FBI’s case.
After that sneaky move, Judge Collyer is going to go back and audit every case that attorney worked on. As she wrote in her order, the incident “gave rise to serious concerns about the accuracy and completeness” of any surveillance warrant applications involving that attorney.