New files highlighting top Justice Department official Bruce Ohr’s contact with ex-British spy Christopher Steele are the current unpleasant development for the DOJ in 2016.
That’s the claim from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who stated Thursday on “Hannity” that he believes there was deep corruption in the department throughout that year’s U.S. presidential election.
” Here’s what we’re taking a look at: Methodical corruption at the greatest level of the Department of Justice and the FBI versus President Trump and in favor of Hillary Clinton,” Graham said.
FBI KEPT UTILIZING STEELE FILE FOR FISA APPLICATIONS DESPITE DOCUMENTING EX-SPY’S BIAS, DOCUMENTS SHOW
Host Sean Hannity then asked Graham whether authorities “lied actively” on a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant application to surveil former Trump project assistant Carter Page.
” The best you might say is that they mishandled,” Graham responded. “The most likely outcome is that they desired a result.”
” I believe the insurance coverage policy is what we’re seeing here, entering the Trump project,” Graham continued. “The FISA warrant against Carter Page was a fraud, I think. The counter-intelligence examination is something we need to take a look at extremely closely.”
On Thursday night, newly released records acquired by Fox News showed the FBI formally recorded the bias of Steele quickly after the November 2016 presidential election, yet continued to utilize his unproven file in numerous FISA court warrant application renewals.
The files, first gotten by Judicial Watch, also reveal that leading Justice Department official Bruce Ohr preserved contact with Steele for at least six months after Steele was fired by the FBI for unauthorized media contacts in November 2016.
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The summaries of FBI interviews with Ohr, called 302 s, reveal that Ohr understood by September 2016– a month before the initial application to surveil the Trump project– that Steele was “desperate” that Donald Trump not be elected president.
A source near the matter informed Fox News ” this had the impact of putting a senior DOJ authorities on notice that a witness/source had a severe predisposition”– yet the FISA warrant application went through in October 2016 with several renewals.
In his interview with Hannity, Graham declared if a Republican operative acted in such a way similar to Steele, the news would receive wall-to-wall media protection.
” You might not turn on your television,” he stated.
Fox News’ Gregg Re and Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.