The House Intelligence Committee memo, which was released on Friday afternoon, claims that the warrant to survey the Trump team under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) would not have been released if not for the ‘Steele Dossier’.
The ‘Steele Dossier’ was named after and created by ex-British Intelligence agent Christopher Steele, who compiled the dossier using 17 memos that pertained to various alleged connections between the Trump campaign team and the Russian government in the Kremlin.
The newly-released memo contains an unsubstantiated testimony from a high-ranking government official, who claims that the only reason why the FISA warrant was granted against the Trump team was because of the contents of the dossier released by Christopher Steele back in late 2016.
The memo also alleges abuse of surveillance authority by the DOJ and FBI.
According to the memo, the findings “raise concerns with the legitimacy and legality of certain DOJ and FBI interactions” and “represent a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses related to the FISA process.”
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