Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey (R-S.C.) says he will call 21 witnesses to find out whether FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe were told that the Steele dossier used to obtain a FISA warrant on Carter Page was debunked.
“I find it impossible to believe that, once the case falls apart in January 2017, that McCabe and Comey were not told about it,” Graham told Host Sean Hannity in a Fox News Channel interview on Monday. “You’ve got to remember that the last two warrants were invalidated by the Department of Justice,” Graham noted:
“July 2016: they apply for a FISA warrant for Carter Page, it’s turned down. McCabe says, ‘Why don’t you go to New York; they’ve got a document that may help you, that turned out to be the Steele dossier.
“How did McCabe know that the New York office had the Steele dossier? And, why didn’t they check it out before they use it?
“January 2017, the primary sub-source for the Steele dossier is a Russian. They finally found out who he is. He disavows the dossier. He tells four people in the Department of Justice and the FBI that it’s all bar-talk, it’s hearsay, it’s garbage – and why did that not get up to McCabe and Comey?
“I find it impossible to believe that, once the case falls apart in January 2017, that McCabe and Comey were not told about it. You’ve got to remember that the last two warrants were invalidated by the Department of Justice.”
“They deny they were informed about the unreliability of the dossier – but, the State Department lady calls over to the FBI, saying Steele’s trying to shop this thing around, you’ve got to watch him,” Sen. Graham said.
That’s when “the entire case falls apart,” so Comey and McCabe must have known, Sen. Graham said:
“But, the primary sub-source, the guy who provided the information to Steele, disavows the information in the dossier. At that moment in time, the entire case falls apart.
“It’s hard for me to believe that a case this high-profile, that the head of the FBI and the Number Two, didn’t know.”
Sen. Graham says his investigation will find out whether any of the four people who were informed directly that the dossier was disavowed ever told McCabe and Comey:
“I want to find out: did the four people who heard from the sub-source directly ever inform the top tier of the FBI that the case fell apart. I’ll be astonished if they didn’t tell somebody above their pay grade.”
“So, you’re looking, right now, at the players that actually signed the FISA application, unverified material,” Hannity asked.
“You got it,” Sen. Graham confirmed.