Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified this week about the origins of the Russia probe and the FISA warrants used to spy on members of the Trump campaign.
While fielding questions before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Rosenstein uttered four words that should put Democrats in a tough spot: “No, I would not.”
Those words came in response to Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham asking Rosenstein if he would have signed the FISA warrant against Trump campaign officials today knowing what he knows today.
“If you knew then what you know now, would you have signed the warrant application?” Graham asked.
Rosenstein said no.
Rosenstein, who resigned from the Justice Department last year, signed off on the final warrant application into former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
The New York Post reports:
And just like that, it became clear that the national torture of three years of the Russian collusion investigation simply should not have occurred. The problems were myriad. In Rosenstein’s words, the FBI “was not following the written protocols, and that significant errors appeared in applications.” What has emerged from the recent inspector general’s report and this testimony is that the Obama administration’s efforts to investigate and prosecute Trump administration officials weren’t based on facts, but negligence or malice.
Late last year, Graham vowed action against those who abused their power in the Trump-Russia probe.
During an interview in December with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo, Graham promised to make officials testify.
“I’m going to call every person who signed the warrant application. I’m going to find out why [John] Brennan,” the former CIA director, spoke with former Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in September 2016 “to talk about the investigation,” Graham said.
“We’re going to look long and hard at FISA abuse,” he said, adding that “I’m looking at [FBI Director] Christopher Wray to fire somebody at the FBI.”
“Somebody needs to go to jail,” Graham declared, adding, “and I’m looking at [U.S. Attorney John Durham] to hold people criminally accountable for the laws they broke.”
.@MariaBartiromo goes over the list of names that signed the FISA warrants. @LindseyGrahamSC says he’s going to call them in to testify. He wants to know how far up the chain that goes. Did Obama and Biden know about the investigation. How much information did Susan Rice have. pic.twitter.com/Rkpy8f6dI3
— The Dirty Truth (Josh) (@AKA_RealDirty) December 22, 2019
This is in response to the Justice Department’s report from the inspector general that offered a shocking glimpse into how the FBI was able to spy on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
Below are some high-points of what Horowitz found:
- There was extreme bias against then-candidate Trump.
- FBI officials deliberately doctored evidence they presented to the nation’s top spy court in order to gain authority to spy on a key Trump affiliate.
- The FBI and the Justice Department’s review committee failed to comply with attorney general guidelines requiring timely validation.
- Investigators uncovered issues with FBI employees who conducted validation reviews, noting they did not “review the full scope” of a long-term source’s work for the FBI.
- The inspector general found “at least 17 significant errors or omissions” concerning FBI efforts to obtain secret FISA warrants against Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
Top brass at the FBI doctored and falsified evidence so they could go after, investigate, and spy on the Trump campaign.