Sprinkled in between Comey stating 245 times he “didn’t know” or could “not recall” specifics about what he was asked regarding the “Russian collusion” probe involving the 2016 Trump campaign were a few gems, such as the admission the bureau never bothered to confirm a key piece of evidence before running with it.
Specifically, Comey said the FBI did not verify or corroborate anything in the so-called “Trump dossier” that was an integral part of convincing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to grant the bureau a warrant to spy on an American citizen — Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
This is significant for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it proves that the entire Russian collusion narrative was fiction from the outset and a government agency lied to a federal court about evidence it did not have.
During his testimony, according to transcripts published online, Comey said of the dossier that "a reliable source with a track record” submitted it to the bureau “and it’s an important thing when you’re seeking a PC warrant.”
But then he admitted that the FBI was unable to corroborate the document's claims.
"But what I understand by 'verified' is we then try to replicate the source information so that it becomes FBI investigation and our conclusions rather than a reliable source's," Comey said, adding, "That’s what I understand it, the difference to be. And that work wasn’t completed by the time I left in May of 2017, to my knowledge.”
What he ‘understands it to be?’ Comey worked for the Justice Department in various capacities for the better part of his professional life. He knows full well what does and does not constitute reliable, actionable intelligence and evidence.
Furthermore, if the bureau’s reliance on the veracity of sources — the dossier was compiled by a known asset, former MI6 agent Christopher Steele — rather than the corroboration of evidence is the primary driver behind obtaining spy warrants, in how many other instances has the FBI misrepresented evidence to the FISA court in order to obtain a spy warrant?
What’s more, Comey was well aware of the dossier’s origins: It was financed by the political campaign of a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, whom he exonerated despite obvious violations of statutes governing the handling of classified information.
And let’s never forget that one copy the bureau obtained came from the late #NeverTrump Sen. John McCain, RINO-Ariz., who sent a representative to Britain to fetch it.
As Zero Hedge notes:
The FBI is required to fully vet information they submit to FISA courts, which they of course did not do in their haste to deploy a counterintelligence dragnet on the Trump campaign during the final months of the 2016 US election.
As for Steele, he was eventually fired by the FBI because he was leaking to the press — like Comey did along with incoming House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff, D-Calif. (Related: Trump lawyers: Did Comey leak more than just one memo to the press?)
But to get around that the bureau turned to then-No. 4 DoJ official Bruce Ohr, who was subsequently demoted twice for lying about his contacts with Steele (though he has never been charged with lying to federal investigators).
Comey’s admission followed the disclosure of a string of emails between the FBI and DoJ that House Republicans have quietly requested be declassified. Those emails, The Hill’s John Solomon reported, indicate that the intelligence community had doubts about the dossier before the FBI went to the FISA court with it. Also, Solomon said, citing sources, Comey was right in the middle of those emails discussing the very issues of concern.
While Robert Mueller's associates jam up POTUS Trump over bogus charges of “campaign finance vilations,” his friend James Comey remains free, proving again that we have a two-tiered justice system.
Read more about James Comey’s corruption at JamesComey.news.