South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is prepared to make the FBI agents responsible for lying to the Senate for what they did.
The Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman said on “Sunday Morning Futures” that the FBI lied to the Senate Intelligence Committee during a 2018 hearing on the Trump-Russia investigation. The senator cited a newly released document he got fro, the Department of Justice, Fox News reported.
According to Graham, R-S.C., the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2018 called the FBI to testify on the reliability of the notorious Steele Dossier. The dossier was pivotal to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants the bureau obtained for former Trump aide Carter Page as part of its “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation into Russian election interference.
The senator said that the FBI told the committee there was no reason to doubt the dossier and the primary subsource that ex-British spy Christopher Steele used to put together the dossier, despite the fact the source had previously said that the dossier mischaracterizes the information he gave Steele.
“It was Horowitz, during his investigation of the warrant application, found information in 2018 where the FBI was called on the Senate Intel Committee because people were getting suspicious about the subsource … at the Senate Intel Committee level and the FBI was sent over to brief them,” he said. “And they did to the Senate Intel Committee what they did to the FISA court. They misled the hell out of them. They said there’s no evidence from the subsource to suggest that Steele fabricated anything in the dossier.”
In one part of the new document it reads that the FBI said that “[a]t minimum, our discussions with [the primary subsource] confirm that the dossier was not fabricated by Steele.”
“Actually, the subsource said it was all bar talk, hearsay, speculation and conjecture, and the whole sexual activity of the president was made in jest. So they completely misrepresented to the Senate Intel Committee in 2018 what the subsource had told the FBI in 2017,” the senator said.
CIA Director John Brennan had a statement in the Senate report that read that “[i]nitially the FBI wanted it incorporated into the assessment itself.” He said that the CIA did not want to use the intelligence but said that former FBI Director “Jim Comey made a very strong case, which we didn’t object to, that it needed to accompany the assessment because it was related to the issue, and we didn’t know where the FBI’s investigation was as far as some of those things.”
The senator was furious on Sunday that the FBI apparently misrepresented what the subsource said in 2017 to the intelligence committee a year later. He wants to see people in the FBI prosecuted for it.
“Somebody needs to go to jail for this,” he said. “This is a second lie. This is a second crime. They lied to the FISA court. They got rebuked, the FBI did, in 2019 by the FISA court, putting in doubt all FISA applications … a year before, they’re lying to the Senate Intel Committee. It’s just amazing the compounding of the lies.”
“I’m gonna find out who did that briefing, and whoever it is, they’re in trouble,” he said.