Watch President Tom Fitton on how the FBI released 70 pages
of heavily redacted records, which showed that ex-British
spy Christopher Steele was admonished and deemed unsuitable
as a confidential human source.
FBI intelligence analyst admitted to House committees last week that
bureau officials were known to leak information to the press and
then use the resulting articles to help obtain surveillance
warrants, according to a source with knowledge of his testimony.
Moffa, who worked with controversial former FBI officials Peter
Strzok and Lisa Page, testified last Friday behind closed doors
before the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight
source with knowledge of his statements confirmed to Fox News that
Moffa said FBI personnel would use media reports based on
information they leaked to justify applications for Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants.
source told Fox News that Moffa acknowledged this “had been a
practice in the past.”
have long questioned to what extent leaked information, related to
the unverified anti-Trump dossier, was used as a basis for
surveillance warrants against former Trump adviser Carter Page in
2016 -- when the bureau was led by James Comey and deputy Andrew
source told Fox News that Moffa did not specifically confirm the
practice of using leaked information to bolster warrant applications
was employed with regard to the dossier.
when pressed by the committees on whether this was common practice
at the FBI, Moffa acknowledged the FBI had at least engaged in this
activity in other cases.
FBI did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told Fox News on
Tuesday that the committee had evidence of the FBI’s practice that
would be “hard to refute.”
know that some people at the Department of Justice and the FBI
actually gave information to the media, then the stories were
reported. Then they used those reports to justify further
investigations,” Meadows said on “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday. “You
know, that’s like saying, we’re going to incriminate on one hand,
and be the jury on the other. It just doesn’t work that way.”
had tweeted late Monday night in reference to the Moffa statements,
without naming him: "We've learned NEW information suggesting our
suspicions are true: FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the
press, and then used those same press stories as a separate source
to justify FISA's."
Daily Caller first reported on the specifics
of Moffa's claims.
Trump dossier, which contained salacious allegations about the
then-presidential candidate, was compiled by ex-British spy
Christopher Steele. Steele, who was also working as an FBI source,
had been hired by research firm Fusion GPS to compile details for
the dossier, which was funded by the Clinton campaign and Democratic
source familiar with Moffa's testimony told Fox News that his
statements raise concerns that the bureau indeed used this practice
with the dossier, referencing an article written by Yahoo! News’
Isikoff article was published on Sept. 23, 2016, focusing on Page’s
July 2016 trip to Moscow. According to a House
GOP memo earlier this year, the Isikoff
article did “not corroborate the Steele dossier” as the article was
“derived from information leaked by Steele himself to Yahoo News.”
Yet the subsequent FISA application to spy on Page cited the Isikoff
article, among other pieces of evidence.
[Carter] Page FISA application incorrectly assesses that Steele did
not properly provide information to Yahoo News,” the memo read.
“Steele has admitted in British court filings that he met with Yahoo
News—and several other outlets—in September 2016 at the direction of
served on the FBI’s “Mid-Year Exam,” the code name for the bureau’s
investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified
information and use of a private email server while secretary of
name often appeared in text message conversations between former FBI
officials Strzok and Page, who came under scrutiny for their
anti-Trump and politically charged exchanges. One text message
exchange between the two on July 24, 2016 discussed their need to
read “Moffa’s thing,” referencing an FBI “302”—which is an interview
or witness deposition in an FBI investigation.
SUGGEST POSSIBLE COORDINATION BETWEEN CIA, FBI, OBAMA WH AND DEM
OFFICIALS EARLY IN TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE: INVESTIGATORS
reference was on Aug. 8, 2016.
no update yet, waiting on Moffa, he’s in with Dina at mtg scheduled
to end at 11,” Strzok texted Page. An hour later, he added: “Hey,
talked to him, will let him fill you in. Internal joint cyber cd
Intel piece for D, scenesetter for McDonough brief, Trainor [head of
FBI cyber division] directed all cyber info be pulled. I’d let Bill
and Jim hammer it out first, though it would be best for D to have
it before the Wed WH session.”
the texts, “D” referred to former FBI Director James Comey, and
“McDonough” referred to former chief of staff for former President
Barack Obama, Denis McDonough, according to GOP investigators.
left the bureau in May, and Strzok was fired earlier this month.
Tuesday, House lawmakers have the chance to question Justice
Department senior official Bruce Ohr on the same FBI practice, as
Ohr testifies behind closed doors.
had frequent contact with Steele before and after the publication of
the dossier, and the FBI’s ultimate decision to cut ties with the
ex-British spy. Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS at the
time of the creation of the dossier.