FBI Lawyer Implicates Comey, McCabe, and Yates; Says Page FISA Warrant Handled in an “Unusual Way”
The system of checks and balances to ensure against fraudulent FISA applications was simply skipped.
FBI Lawyer Trisha Anderson has revealed that the Carter Page FISA Warrant circumvented the normal process, with FBI officials pushing it through. Normally, a FISA application would go through the legal department to ensure it was proper. The Page Warrant was ‘informally’ approved by Obama era FBI officials before it went through proper channels.
Anderson testified in August of 2018 on her role and what she knew regarding how the process went down. She stated that the Page FISA was approved outside regular procedures.
Anderson stressed in her testimony, “In this particular case, I’m drawing a distinction because my boss and my boss’ boss had already reviewed and approved this application.” She emphasized “this one was handled a little bit differently in that sense, in that it received very high-level review and approvals — informal, oral approvals — before it ever came to me for signature.”
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Anderson said that FISA approvals are typically “tracked in a linear fashion” and that someone in the Senior Executive Service “is the final approver on hard copy before a FISA goes to the director or deputy director for signature.”
“Because there were very high-level discussions that occurred about the FISA,” Anderson said she believed that meant “the FISA essentially had already been well-vetted all the way up through at least the Deputy Director [McCabe] level on our side and through the DAG [Yates] on the DOJ side.”
In other words, the whole correct process was bypassed and the protocol was turned on it’s head in order to assure that they got that warrant!!! Yates had already signed the application by the time it made it to Anderson’s desk.
The system of checks and balances to ensure against fraudulent FISA applications was simply skipped. Anderson stressed that this was not normal.
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Anderson stressed that McCabe, Yates, and Baker all played key roles in reviewing the Page FISA. “My approval at that point was really purely administrative in nature. In other words, the substantive issues — the FISA had already substantively been approved by people much higher than me in the chain of command.”
Anderson said it “typically would not have been the case” that people such as McCabe and Yates would sign off on a FISA application before she did.
We also learn that James Baker had personally edited the application.
“The General Counsel [Jim Baker] … personally reviewed and made edits to the FISA, for example,” Anderson said. “The Deputy Director was involved in reviewing the FISA line by line. The Deputy Attorney General over on the DOJ side of the street was similarly involved, as I understood, reviewing the FISA application line by line.”
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Anderson’s testimony implicates James Comey, Sally Yates, Andrew McCabe, and James Baker. But there’s more!
Yesterday, the President sent Barr the order to declassify the documents surrounding all of this. Lindsay Graham has seen what we are about to see.
The bottom line is that the Democrats blew through ‘every stop sign.’ They concealed evidence and they deceived a judge…. The rammed the application through and they used it.
In both the Trump/Russia issue as well as the Hillary Clinton email issue.
But Senator Lindsay Graham is on it!
The only ‘cover-up’ is the division in a Democrat Party being driven over the edge, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says on ‘Fox & Friends.’