Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into so-called “Russia collusion” by the Trump campaign in 2016 has hit yet another pothole.
According to Trisha Anderson, a former FBI official, Mueller was ordered to appear before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) in 2002 to address warrant abuses by the agency — namely, the omission of material information in order to obtain warrants. Mueller was serving as FBI director at the time.
Anderson’s testimony is part of a hearing before House investigators, which took place late in 2018. While it’s said that most of this “cheating” on FISA warrants took place before Mueller’s directorship, the court wanted to know that changes had been implemented to avoid future problems. Mueller gave assurances he put reforms in place to do just that.
However, it is now common knowledge that the FBI “omitted serious information” from a 2016 warrant application that resulted in the spying on Carter Page, a Trump campaign adviser. The FBI’s main evidence: The now-infamous Steele dossier, which the agency failed to disclose was compiled by the Democratic Party to hurt Trump’s campaign. Is not Mueller’s arrival as special counsel in the Russia probe shortly thereafter not suspicious?
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