A transcript release this week implicated top FBI officials including former Director James Comey in mishandling FISA applications used to spy on then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, the Washington Examiner said.
Former FBI Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson testified before a
joint session of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees in August 2018. She said that the process used to approve the warrants was “unusual” and bypassed the normal way of doing things.
This information comes as Congressional committees and special prosecutor John Durham look into how the Trump Russia collusion investigation started. The surveillance applications depended heavily on the Steele dossier, which now appears to be largely fabricated by ex-British spy Christopher Steele and funded by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
It was Anderson’s job to determine whether there was legal sufficiency to grant the FISA warrants, but she never got to do her job because FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates signed off on the application before she could.
Anderson said she didn’t second-guess the FISA applications at the time because they had been signed by her boss and her boss’s boss, even though she would normally have signed them. The “top-level involvement” made them seem legitimate, even though it is now clear they were anything but.
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