Brit Hume Flat Out Rejects Trump’s Claim FISA Application Was ‘Illegal’

On Fox News Sunday, conservative columnist and commentator Brit Hume of Fox News told host Bret Baier that President Trump‘s claim about the FISA warrant are just plain incorrect. He says even if some parts were “improper”, the overall FISA warrant was not illegal. Hume was on with Fox hosts Marie Harf, and Guy Benson, as the group discussed the document release on Saturday regarding the Carter Page FISA warrants. President Trump tweeted on Sunday that the documents showed the FISA warrant was “illegal” but Hume flat disagreed. “Not illegal as far as I can tell. It was approved by the judge, which is the process it’s supposed to go through,” Hume said matter-of-factly. “I mean I think it may well have been improper and I think that as Guy suggests and as the document reveals, there’s stuff in that FISA warrant application that has no Continue reading "Brit Hume Flat Out Rejects Trump’s Claim FISA Application Was ‘Illegal’"

Jake Tapper Grills Carter Page on FISA Application: ‘You Did Advise the Kremlin’

Carter Page appeared on CNN for an interview with Jake Tapper Sunday morning after the Justice Department released its FISA warrant application to surveil the former Trump campaign adviser. Tapper kicked off the interview by asking Page about one of the more explosive sections of the application, which said the FBI believed Page had been “collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government,” and referred to him as “an agent of a foreign power.” “Jake, this is so ridiculous, it’s just beyond words,” Page replied, saying the application was “misleading the courts.” “It’s literally a complete joke,” he added. “Were you ever an agent of a foreign power? Did you ever advise the Kremlin, or work with the Kremlin on anything?” Tapper asked. After some waffling, Page replied, “No, I’ve never been an agent of a foreign power by any stretch of the imagination.” The former Trump adviser Continue reading "Jake Tapper Grills Carter Page on FISA Application: ‘You Did Advise the Kremlin’"

Trump Tweets ‘Scam’ Carter Page FISA Warrants ‘Confirm with Little Doubt’ The ‘Witch Hunt Rigged’

On Saturday, the Carter Page FISA warrants were released, which are the warrants that allowed the original wiretap of the former campaign adviser. The 472-pages are heavily redacted but news organizations are going through them quickly, and this morning President Donald Trump tweeted his early hot take. The first two tweets went up around 6:45 a.m.

Justice Department Releases Carter Page FISA Documents: ‘Agent of a Foreign Power’

The Justice Department on Saturday released documents on the FISA warrant obtained to wiretap Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser. As the New York Times reported, the documents released include an October 2016 application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for the Page wiretap, as well as a number of renewal applications. The Times and other outlets obtained the documents thanks to FOIA lawsuits. The docs are heavily redacted, but a key passage revealed the FBI believed Page had been “collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government.” The application accused Page of being “an agent of a foreign power.” The FISA application to surveil Page has been a point of contention for lawmakers in Congress. Republicans have repeatedly claimed the warrant constituted FISA abuse, while Democrats have rejected those allegations. Read Continue reading "Justice Department Releases Carter Page FISA Documents: ‘Agent of a Foreign Power’"

FBI Director Chris Wray: We Still Have ‘Grave Concerns’ About Nunes FISA Memo

During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, FBI director Christopher Wray confirmed the reports about his apprehension over Devin Nunes‘ FISA memo. For the last few weeks, it was believed that Wray opposed President Trump‘s decision to release the memo, saying that it would give a partisan-charged “false narrative” about malpractice within his bureau. The memo came up during today’s hearing on global threats to the United States, and Wray expressed his “grave concerns about the accuracy of the memorandum.” Wray cited “omissions” as his top concern, explaining that he wasn’t sure how thousands of sensitive documents and bits of intelligence could be sufficiently condensed into Nunes’ brief memo. For the last Continue reading "FBI Director Chris Wray: We Still Have ‘Grave Concerns’ About Nunes FISA Memo"

Chris Cuomo and Jim Jordan Battle Over Democrat Memo: ‘You Don’t Know Any of This!’

CNN’s Chris Cuomo spoke with representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) today about the Democrat’s rebuttal to Devin Nunes‘ FISA memo, and the conversation…uh, turned into a messy, major-league sparring match. After the two had a discussion about the upcoming budget battle in Congress, Cuomo brought up the complaints from several Democrats about how the Nunes memo wasn’t sufficiently scrutinized before it was sent to the White House, whereas their documents are under review by the Department of Justice. Jordan pushed back after Cuomo said this was “circumventing the process” of declassifying information, and the skirmish continued when the congressman lamented the circumstances of how a “secret court” launched an investigation into Donald Trump. Cuomo and Jordan sparred over whether the FISA investigation was primarily based on Christopher Steele‘s dossier, and whether the FBI’s terminated relationship with the British spy proves his information is bogus. Jordan continued to berate Steele Continue reading "Chris Cuomo and Jim Jordan Battle Over Democrat Memo: ‘You Don’t Know Any of This!’"

Devin Nunes Tells Hannity That the Media ‘Is Basically Part’ of the Democrats’ Team

Devin Nunes said on Monday night that the political press is pretty much an arm of the Democrats, based on how they’ve covered his memo on supposed FISA abuses and FBI malpractice. The House Intelligence Committee chairman has given several interviews in the past few days, grumbling about lying Democrats and how Adam Schiff wants him off the committee. In a new interview with Sean Hannity, Nunes said that he is asking the FISA court to provide transcripts pertaining to the investigation on Carter Page, and he eventually started hammering the press for not being more electrified by his findings.
“Can you imagine if the shoe was on the other foot and Donald Trump or George Bush or Karl Rove paid for information, and George W. Bush‘s FBI open an investigation into the Obama campaign because they were talking to Russians…Yet its crickets from the media. It’s embarrassing. Continue reading "Devin Nunes Tells Hannity That the Media ‘Is Basically Part’ of the Democrats’ Team"