COUP: FBI official under criminal investigation for ‘ALTERING DOCUMENT’ used to obtain Russia probe surveillance warrant on Trump campaign


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FBI official is under criminal investigation for ‘altering document’ used to obtain Russia probe surveillance warrant on Trump campaign aide Carter Page during 2016 election

  • The matter was reportedly uncovered by Inspector General Michael Horowitz
  • Horowitz referred the matter to US Attorney John Durham for criminal probe
  • Carter Page was under FISA surveillance order during the 2016 campaign
  • James Comey and Andy McCabe signed off on the application and renewals
  • Horowitz says he expects to be able to release his report on December 9

By Keith Griffith For Dailymail.com, 22 November 2019:

A criminal investigation has been opened into an FBI official suspected of ‘altering’ a document in the warrant application to surveil Trump campaign advisor Carter Page during the 2016 election, according to a new report.

The alleged document tampering was uncovered during Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s probe into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, and subsequently referred to U.S. Attorney John Durham for criminal investigation, CNN reported on Thursday.

In October 2016, the FBI sought and was granted a FISA warrant to surveil Page’s communications and access all of his stored emails and texts.

To obtain the warrant, the FBI had to convince a judge in a secret court that there was probable cause that Page was a foreign agent. The 90-day warrant was renewed three times, but Page has never been charged with any crime.

U.S. Attorney John Durham (above) has opened a criminal investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. An FBI official is now reportedly a subject in Durham’s investigation

It’s unclear which FBI official is under criminal investigation for allegedly tampering with documents in the warrant application.

The names of the supervisory special agent or agents who submitted sworn statements to support the FISA application and renewals were redacted when the applications were publicly released.

Former FBI director James Comey signed off on the FBI evidence in the applications prior to being fired by President Donald Trump in May 2017.

Former FBI Deputy Director Andy McCabe signed off on the subsequent renewals.

The alleged FBI document tampering is expected to be addressed in Horowitz’s IG report, which is undergoing final classification review.

In a letter sent on Thursday to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, Horowitz said he expected his office to be able to release the report on December 9 ‘barring unforeseen circumstances.’

Inspector General Michael Horowitz (above) says he expects to release his report into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation on December 9

Attorney General Bill Barr has pledged to make the report public with only the redactions needed to protect classified national security interests.

The report is expected to examine how closely the FBI stuck to the law and rules when it went to a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court beginning in 2016 to obtain authorization to conduct electronic monitoring of Page.

The report will also examine how British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s ‘dirty dossier’ became key FBI evidence.

The dossier, which was funded by Trump’s Democratic political opponents, was cited prominently in the FISA warrant application to surveil Page.

Steele’s dossier claimed that Page was a secret intermediary to the Russian government and had personally hatched the idea to leak stolen DNC emails during the Democrats’ nominating convention. Those claims have never been proven, and Page strenuously denies them.

Steele was questioned at length last summer by representatives of the Inspector General’s office in connection with the forthcoming report.

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