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FBI FISA App Released, Confirms Nunes Memo

Over the weekend the FBI dumped the much-maligned FISA Warrant application (translation: media avoidance strategy) after months of prodding from Congress. Though it was highly-redacted (translation: lots of details still unknown), what we can see demonstrates that the memo from Rep. Devin Nunes from back in February was overwhelmingly accurate. And lest we forget, the conclusions included the facts that the FBI used sketchy details about its investigation of a low-level Trump adviser as an excuse to file for the FISA Warrant and that the Russia dossier base on that investigation was created in coordination with the DNC. And now the left is heaping the criticism (translation: they’re circling the wagons).

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The weekend release of a highly-redacted version of the FBI’s application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to wiretap onetime Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page has renewed the argument over the Nunes memo — the brief report produced by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes detailing problems in the application. From the time of the memo’s release in February, Democrats and some in the press have denounced it as a collection of lies and mischaracterizations. On Saturday night, the denouncing started again. “The only thing the newly released FISA documents show is that Republicans have been lying for months,” the lefty think tank Center for American Progress said in a typical response.

Now, however, we have both the memo and the FISA application, if in a blacked-out state. We can compare the two. And doing so shows the Nunes memo was overwhelmingly accurate. Perhaps some Democrats do not believe it should have been written, or they dispute what it included and left out, or they do not agree with its conclusions, but it was in fact accurate.

The memo comprised a short introduction followed by 13 substantive paragraphs. Here is a look at each one.

The first paragraph:

On October 21, 2016, DOJ and FBI sought and received a FISA probable cause order (not under Title VII) authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page from the FISC. Page is a US citizen who served as a volunteer advisor to the Trump presidential campaign. Consistent with requirements under FISA, the application had to be first certified by the Director or Deputy Director of the FBI.

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