During the hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz answered questions in regard to his report on the FISA abuse that led to the FBI spying on Donald Trump during the 2016 election.
What this all amounts to is that there are some under the Obama administration who are at false and should answer for their actions. False evidence was created and used in order to spy on the Trump campaign.
The primary subsource: the primary subsource, and indeed the first error you note in the second, third, and fourth application for the FISA warrant is that the primary subsource reporting raised serious questions about the accuracy of the Steele dossier, which we now know was a bunch of malarkey, to use a term that’s been in the news lately, and that the FISA court was not informed of that. Now let’s get specific: so the basis of this Steele report was what’s referred to in your report as the primary subsource. That was the principal basis, and the FBI interviewed that primary subsource not once, not twice, but three times, in January, March and May of 2017. What did the primary subsource say? As the OIG reports, the interviews with the primary subsource raised “significant questions about the reliability of the Steel reporting.” What did the subsource say specifically, as your report goes on to say? It says, “Steele misstated or exaggerated multiple sections of the reporting.”
Cruz slammed the Obama Administration for its supposed ignorance of what was going on:
I can tell you from my time at the Department of Justice and from my time in law enforcement, any responsible leader when hearing that you’re talking about sending in spies and sending in a wiretap on any presidential nominee should say, “What in the hell are we doing?” And by the way, the people up the chain who are saying “We didn’t know,” if you had responsible leadership there’s no more important decision than you make.
I can tell you, when I was at DOJ, if someone said let’s tap Hillary Clinton or let’s tap Bill Clinton or John Kerry, the people there would have said, “What in the hell are you talking about?” What was going on here, this wasn’t Jason Bourne. This was Beavis and Butt-Head. (DW)