FBI and DOJ politicized the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process

Republicans release 1,000-page report on whistleblower claims of politicization at FBI and DOJ

(CNN) – The Republican-led House Intelligence Committee said Tuesday it has released 1,000 pages of internal documents, which includes an analysis of allegations from a whistleblower that the Justice Department and the FBI have politicized the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process.

On Monday, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said the release of the committee’s report on the matter is contingent on the release of documents from the DOJ and FBI.

The report says there has been a politicization of the FISC (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance) process, which involves the FBI and the Department of Justice before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

“The FBI has politicized the FISA process,” says the report. “Specifically, FBI officials have engaged in repeated contacts with the White House National Security Council regarding the July 2016 counterintelligence investigation of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, and have sought to influence the FBI’s public statements regarding this investigation and have misrepresented the nature of the FBI’s role in the investigation.”

The report also says that then-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe repeatedly misled congressional investigators about the FBI’s role in the Page investigation.

The DOJ and FBI, along with their supervisors, have been accused of misleading Congress and the public with the Steele dossier, which was used to obtain a surveillance warrant that was used to spy on the Trump campaign.

The report says that the FBI and DOJ misled Congress and the public about the origins of the investigation.

“The FBI misled the FISC – both by not disclosing that the Steele dossier was part of the source materials relied on by FBI agents preparing the application for the warrant, and by misrepresenting the extent of its corroboration of the dossier’s claims. DOJ also misled the FISC, by incorrectly stating that it had not previously informed the White House of its use of the Steele dossier in the Page application, when DOJ had previously provided the White House with a copy of the application and had met with the Page team prior to submitting the application.

The report from the House Intelligence Committee says the Justice Department and FBI have been misleading with regards to the Steele dossier, noting that former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, one of the top officials who signed off on the warrant to spy on former Trump campaign advisor Carter

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