Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The media and political scandal of the decade

The media and political scandal of the decade by Becket Adams
Excerpt: The last political scandal of the decade was arguably the largest as well. We almost didn't know about it. And the country's political class seems intent on leaving it behind. That would be a mistake. To recap: The FBI submitted inaccurate, incomplete, unsupported, and even intentionally falsified information to justify its surveillance of the 2016 Trump campaign, according to the Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Justice. Worse, the FBI relied on the so-called Steele dossier, a deeply flawed piece of opposition research funded by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee to secure authorization from the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to spy on onetime Trump campaign aide Carter Page. FBI leadership did this despite knowing that the dossier, compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele, was extremely dubious, if not a work of pure fiction. The partisan Steele document played “a central and essential role” in the FBI’s warrant application, Inspector General Michael Horowitz told Congress, adding further that it was not until the bureau presented the dossier that the court determined there was enough “evidence” to spy on Page.

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