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Rep. Jordan asks if Strzok used fake dossier in FISA application; FBI director Wray refuses to answer
If it happened, it's Watergate times one thousand.
I've been watching Christopher Wray's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, and most of it has been fairly pedestrian stuff. That changed, though, when Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan got his chance to question Wray.
Jordan went straight to the role of Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who was recently removed from Robert Mueller's special counsel investigative team becaue it was discovered he had exchanged anti-Trump texts with a mistress. More disconcerting where Strzok is concerned is the fact that he was a key player in the investigation of Hillary's schlock, homebrew e-mail server and was apparently the person who edited James Comey's exoneration statement to change "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless" and thus avoid the obvious admission that she was guilty and was being allowed to skate.
Jordan's pointed question was this: Was Strzok involved in putting together the FISA court application by which the FBI sought a warrant to wiretap Trump campaign officials Carter Page and Paul Manafort? Did was the now-infamous fake Trump dossier used to convince the FISA court that the application should be approved?
This is crucial. If the fake dossier was used to sell this proposition to the FISA court, that means a Democrat administration was using false information to gain approval to wiretap a Republican presidential campaign. That's Watergate with the abuse of the legal process standing in for the plumbers.
Wray's response? He claimed he is not permitted to answer.
Jordan pushed back, saying that he knows of no reason whatsoever that the FBI could not or should not share that information with the House Judiciary Committee. At this point, committee chairman Bob Goodlatte chimed in, reminding Wray that the House Judiciary Committee has oversight authority on the matter and that there is absolutely no reason the committee should not receive the information.
Wray listened to all this but continued to be unresponsive to the request.
The FBI is stonewalling here. It may be, as Wray contends, that the FBI has done nothing wrong with respect to the FISA court, but there's no way to defend the FBI's refusal to give this information to the House Judiciary Committee. And the fact that they won't give up the information, and that Wray claims to believe they're not permitted to do so, does not inspire confidence that everything is on the up and up here.
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