NUNES: REDACTED SECTIONS OF CARTER PAGE FISAS ARE ‘REALLY BAD’ FOR FBI

Nunes claimed in an interview that aired Thursday that what’s behind the redactions is “really bad” in terms of showing the FBI relied on…

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(DailyCaller) The release of heavily redacted versions of the FBI’s applications for surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page has generated speculation about what’s behind the black boxes that cover up a significant portion of the government documents.

But House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes claimed in an interview that aired Thursday that what’s behind the redactions is “really bad” in terms of showing the FBI relied on flimsy evidence to obtain the spy warrants on Page.

“What’s in the redactions is equally bad, some would probably say worse than what the American people can see today,” Nunes said in an interview with Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton.

“I would argue that what’s left in there is really bad, if not worse, but also what’s not in there is even worse than what people can see, what people can’t see.”

The Department of Justice on Friday released heavily redacted versions of four applications the FBI submitted under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in order to obtain warrants to spy on Page, an energy consultant who joined the Trump campaign in March 2016.

The unredacted sections of the applications showed the FBI relied on the unverified Steele dossier to make the case that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as a foreign agent of Russia. The documents have touched off an intense partisan debate over whether the FBI misled surveillance court judges by relying on the dossier, which was funded by the Clinton campaign and DNC.

Page has vehemently denied the allegations in the dossier. In the 35-page document, former British spy Christopher Steele alleged Page met secretly with two sanctioned Kremlin insiders during a trip to Moscow in July 2016. He also alleged that Page was the Trump campaign’s contact to the Kremlin for an alleged collusion conspiracy.

The FISA applications sought against Page also relied on a Sept. 23, 2016, Yahoo! News article that was based heavily on Steele’s allegations. But the applications showed that the FBI did not disclose that Steele was a source for the article. The FBI erroneously stated that investigators did not believe that Steele was a source for the article.

Democrats have pushed back against Nunes and other Republicans, arguing the unredacted information met the probable cause standard required for FISA warrants. Some pundits also argued the redacted portions of the FISA applications likely included additional information that supported the FBI’s case that Page was acting as a clandestine agent of the Kremlin.

A few Republicans have disputed Nunes’s characterization of the FISA applications. Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr said on Tuesday that the FISA court’s decisions to grant the warrants were “sound.”

Whether or not the FBI’s applications rose to the probable cause standard, there are indications that House Intel Republicans believe that the remaining redacted portions of the FISA applications will reflect poorly on the FBI.

GOP members of the committee asked President Donald Trump on June 14 to declassify and release 21 pages from the fourth and final FISA application. The bulk of the pages fall under a section of the application with the sub-heading: “Page’s Coordination with Russian Government Officials on 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Influence Activities.” (RELATED: House Intel Republicans Want To Declassify These 21 Pages From The Carter Page FISAs)

Nunes came under heavy criticism Wednesday after it was revealed he was not one of the 31 lawmakers who have reviewed less-redacted versions of the Page FISA applications. Nineteen members of the House Intelligence Committee have seen the documents. But a committee source says Nunes and all other Republicans on the panel know what information is in the applications.

“Every Republican on the Intelligence Committee knows exactly what’s in the FISA warrant, which is why Members are united in requesting further declassification of it,” the source told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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3 Comments on NUNES: REDACTED SECTIONS OF CARTER PAGE FISAS ARE ‘REALLY BAD’ FOR FBI

  1. Virginia Ruby // July 27, 2018 at 10:33 am // Reply

    Unless and until all this FISA warrant and it’s contents are revealed to everyone this is all just a game to the DOJ, FBI and others getting tv time in front of a camera and a microphone. All talk and No Action.
    Declassify the warrant, unread act it all and show it to everyone. Anyone that’s been paying attention knows what it’s going to say
    and who will be named in the documents.
    This is all about Delay and Distract from the inevitable.

  2. ya know.
    we got those damn FISA courts under the DAMN PATRIOT ACT THAT ALSO CREATED HOMELAND SECURITY, WHICH NEITHER ARE CONSTITUTIONAL.
    we have the DEFENSE DEPT THAT SHOULD BE HANDLING ANYTHING THAT DEALS WITH MILITARY MATTERS.
    and HISTORY has PROVEN SECRET COURTS ALWAYS WORK AGAINST THE PEOPLE.
    and there is NO PLACE in our Constitution that AUTHORIZES THEM.
    we didn’t have a DOJ UNTIL 1877, AND THE FBI, ATF SHOULD HAVE GONE WITH PROHABITION.
    it’s been said we have 17 DAMN INTL AGENCIES ALSO UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
    AND THIS IS WHERE ALL THIS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AND TREASON IS COMING FROM.
    and their DAMN ARRIGERANCE WHO THINK THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW.
    with the EXCEPTION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP, THE REST OF THE GOVT ARE THE ENEMIES OF WE THE PEOPLE, AND REPUBLIC.
    and it’s TIME FOR A BIG CHANGE THAT WE THE PEOPLE HAVE THE LAWFUL RIGHT TO DO.

  3. This could have been resolved a long time ago. The documents could have been declassified, or, ordered to be turned over as is. I remember a tweet to that effect months ago, but nothing happened. I try to think of putting America first, draining the swamp, restoring equal justice, and then I bang my head on the wall.

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