Report: FBI-DOJ Email Chain Shows FBI Was Concerned About Reliability of Steele Dossier Before Getting FISA Warrant

By Susan Jones | December 6, 2018 | 6:58am EST
Former FBI Director James Comey is expected to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday, in a closed-door session. (File Photo/Screen Capture)

( - Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House intelligence committee, recently talked to Fox News about "four buckets" of information he and other Republicans are urging President Trump to declassify.

They include (1) the third FISA renewal application on Carter Page signed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein; (2) statements from Justice Department official Bruce Ohr to FBI officials; (3) exculpatory evidence that was never given to the FISA court; and (4) emails between the FBI, DOJ and others "that clearly show that they knew about information that should have been presented to the FISA court," Nunes told Fox News's Maria Bartiromo on Nov. 18.

"Now, these are classified," Nunes told Bartiromo. "And they need to be declassified," he added.

Nunes did not go into detail about the fourth bucket of information -- the email chain between FBI officials (reportedly including former Director James Comey) and Justice Department officials.

But Jon Solomon, an opinion contributer to "The Hill," told Fox News on Wednesday he has learned from sources that the FBI-DOJ email chain provides "direct evidence that the Bureau, and possibly the DOJ, had reasons to doubt the Steele dossier before the FISA warrant was secured" to spy on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.

According to Solomon, if the FBI was concerned about the reliability of the Steele dossier before seeking the FISA warrant -- but went ahead and applied for the warrant anyway -- "it would constitute a serious breach of FISA regulations and the trust that the FISA court places in the FBI."

The reliability of the information used to get a FISA warrant on Carter Page has long been a central concern about the entire Trump-Russia probe, which President Trump continues to blast as a "witch hunt."

On Friday, tomorrow, James Comey is expected to appear before the House Judiciary Committee in a closed-door hearing.

Comey wanted the hearing to be public, but he finally compromised with Republicans who had subpoenaed him, agreeing to appear if the private hearing would be transcribed; the transcription would released to the public within 24 hours; and Comey be allowed to publicly talk about it afterwards.

Some of the questions for Comey are sure to involve this "fourth bucket" email chain that, according to Solomon, apparently shows the FBI knew — before it secured the FISA warrant — "that there were intelligence community concerns about the reliability" of the Steele dossier, the main evidence used to support the warrant.

Nunes recently told Fox News's Sean Hannity that his big disappointment with the Mueller investigation is its failure to look into the Clinton campaign paying Christopher Steele to dig up dirt on Donald Trump from Russian sources. He said he also wishes Mueller would look into who leaked General Michael Flynn's name to the media.

Nunes said Americans need to know what their government did in an attempt to undermine a political campaign.

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