(CNSNews.com) - Republicans on the House intelligence committee say they will request transcripts of what the FBI said to the FISA court when it sought a FISA warrant to surveil former Trump adviser Carter Page.
Republicans say the court was not informed that the Democrat National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign paid for the Christopher Steele dossier.
According to the Republican memo released last week, the Steele dossier "formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application." But neither the initial written application nor the four renewal requests disclosed the DNC/Clinton campaign's role in paying for the opposition research, even though the FBI and DOJ knew about it.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House intelligence committee, told Fox News's Sean Hannity Monday night that he will now try to get transcripts of those FISA court proceedings to see exactly what FBI officials told the court:
"One of the things that we're going to do this week is we're going to send a letter to the court. We don't know if we'll be successful or not, but we are going try to ask the court whether or not they will provide the transcripts of the court proceedings. It would be very interesting if we can get those transcripts to know exactly what was presented verbally to the court and to see if that was transcribed."
Nunes also described himself as "flabbergasted" by the push-back he and other Republicans are getting from the liberal media, who are running full-tilt with Democrat talking points and rebuttals to the Republican memo:
"I think the bigger problem, challenge here is that the mainstream media is totally uninterested in this. Can you imagine if the shoe was on the other foot and Donald Trump or George Bush or Karl Rove had paid for information, and then George W. Bush's FBI had opened an investigation into the Obama campaign because they were talking to Russia -- which by the way, really did happen. The Obama campaign was talking to Russians back in 2008 -- and opened up a counterintelligence investigation using dirt dug up and paid for by the RNC and George W. Bush supporters? This town would be on fire. Every reporter would be following around Karl Rove and George W. Bush all over town.
"Yet its crickets from the media. I mean, it's embarrassing. And it’s absolutely embarrassing. And I'm almost flabbergasted because I thought, at least, there would be some ounce of credibility left. But there really is none."
Nunes said he hopes Americans understand the problem as Republicans tried to convey it:
"We have a clear link to Russia," Nunes said. "You have a campaign who hired a law firm, who hired Fusion GPS, who hired a foreign agent, who then got information from the Russians on another campaign. It seems like a counter-intellligence investigation should have been opened up against the Hillary campaign when they (FBI) got ahold of the dossier."
Nunes said committee Republicans are continuing their "broad investigation" of FISA abuse by the FBI and Justice Department:
"This is a very broad investigation looking at a number of different areas. People should not get confused that we are going to do more memos (like the one released last week), but we do have an ongoing investigation which we made public on Friday into the State Department -- some of those abuses, and that's active. Then there are several other stages of our investigation. But the State Department one is coming closer to a conclusion."
According to a heavily redacted memo released by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassey (R-Iowa) on Monday, British agent Christopher Steele told a British court that he received "unsolicited and unverified allegations" from Clinton associates, which he included in his "dossier."
The Grassley memo says: "It is troubling enough that the Clinton Campaign funded Mr. Steele's work, but that these Clinton associates were contemporaneously feeding Mr. Steele allegations raises additional concerns about his credibility."