EP’s POV| Devin Nunes (R-CA), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, has been a stalwart when it comes to investigating the corruption that permeated Obama’s intelligence agencies.
He’s already sent a slew of referrals to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecutions of various Obama-era officials involved in creating the Russian collusion hoax.
Yesterday, while being interviewed on Fox and Friends, he said another criminal referral should be expected:
Nunes wants to know why he wasn’t made aware of Christopher Steele’s visit to the State Department that took place 10 days prior to the filing of the first FISA application.
Specifically, Nunes wants to know why the exculpatory evidence contained in the notes of State Department employee Kathleen Kavalec, that she sent by email to the FBI more than a week prior to the FISA filing, never made it into the filing and why his committee hadn’t seen that exculpatory evidence either.
Nunes: “It’s likely now, as we do our investigation as to why we didn’t get this information that we’ve just been discussing from the State Department two years ago when we should have received it, there could be another referral coming on obstruction a congressional investigation.”
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec met with Christopher Steele 10 days prior to the submission of the first FISA warrant application against Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.
Steele is the British spy who was peddling the fake dossier containing disparaging and compromising allegations against Donald Trump.
Kavalec’s handwritten notes from that meeting, and her subsequent emails reveal that she had serious concerns about:
- Steele’s motives
- Inaccuracies in his claims
- His use of a select group of media friendlies (lefty propagandists) to increase the number of sources the FBI could point to when making application to the FISC.
State Department handwritte… by on Scribd
In just a single meeting with Steele, Kavalec had serious misgivings about him. Those misgivings were serious enough that she notified the FBI, via email, listing what they were and her reasons for having them. The FBI chose to ignore her evidence… completely.
John Solomon writing for the Hill was first to break the story:
In her typed summary, Kavalec wrote that Steele told her the Russians had constructed a “technical/human operation run out of Moscow targeting the election” that recruited emigres in the United States to “do hacking and recruiting.”
She quoted Steele as saying, “Payments to those recruited are made out of the Russian Consulate in Miami,” according to a copy of her summary memo obtained under open records litigation by the conservative group Citizens United. Kavalec bluntly debunked that assertion in a bracketed comment: “It is important to note that there is no Russian consulate in Miami.”
Kavalec’s handwritten notes clearly flagged in multiple places that Steele might be talking to the media.
“June — reporting started,” she wrote. “NYT and WP have,” she added, in an apparent reference to The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Later she quoted Steele as suggesting he was “managing” four priorities — “Client needs, FBI, WashPo/NYT, source protection,” her handwritten notes show.
Those same notes suggest Steele spun some wild theories to State, including one that the Russians had a “plant in DNC” and had assembled an “HRC dossier,” apparent references to the Democratic National Committee and Clinton.
She expounded in her typed memo. “The Russians have succeeded in placing an agent inside the DNC,” she quoted Steele as saying.
Steele offered Kavalec other wild information that easily could have been debunked before the FISA application — and eventually was, in many cases, after the media reported the allegations — including that:
- Trump lawyer Michael Cohen traveled to Prague to meet with Russians;
- Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort owed the Russians $100 million and was the “go-between” from Russian President Vladimir Putin to Trump;
- Trump adviser Carter Page met with a senior Russian businessman tied to Putin;
- The Russians secretly communicated with Trump through a computer system.
Despite overwhelming exculpatory evidence, the FBI forged ahead with the FISA application… and none of it was included anywhere in that application. Not in the first application and not in any of the renewals.
Hoo boy. Steele’s story is falling apart and taking down the FBI with it.