Michael Isikoff is casting even more doubt on the FBI’s justification for a FISA spy warrant on the Trump campaign after the release of the House memo.
On his podcast Friday, Isikoff said he was ‘stunned’ to learn that the FBI used his investigative article published on Yahoo News as evidence for the need for a warrant since his article was sourced directly from Chris Steele and the bogus dossier.
He called the dossier and the FBI claim ‘self-referential’ and rather circular in that his article cited the very source which the FBI knew was unsubstantiated and funded by the Hillary campaign.
This thing is going sideways for the FBI, quickly.
Here’s more from Daily Caller…
Investigative journalist Michael Isikoff said Friday that he was surprised to find out that an article he wrote about Carter Page prior to the election was used to obtain a spy warrant against the former Trump campaign adviser.
The revelation, which was made in a memo released by the House Intelligence Committee on Friday, “stuns me,” Isikoff said in an episode of his podcast, “Skullduggery.”
The four-page memo alleges that the DOJ and FBI submitted inaccurate and incomplete information in a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against Page. The spy warrant was granted on Oct. 21, 2016.
One “essential” part of the application was the uncorroborated Steele dossier, according to the memo. And an article that Isikoff wrote for Yahoo! News on Sept. 23, 2016 that was based directly on the dossier was “cited extensively” in the application.
“It’s self-referential,” he said of the article and its reliance on the dossier.
“My story is about the FBI’s own investigation,” he continued.
“So it seems a little odd that they would be citing the Yahoo! News story about the matter that they are investigating themselves based on the same material that had been separately presented to the FBI before I was ever briefed by Christopher Steele.”