Inspector General Michael Horowitz has announced that he has found evidence that a lawyer working for the FBI illegally manipulated a critical document concerning the secret surveillance of the Trump campaign in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election. When asked to what degree the manipulation affected the meaning of the document, Horowitz replied that the changes were sufficient to alter the meaning of the document. His conclusion has been corroborated by multiple reports.
This game-changing development was revealed just as Senate Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Fox News that Horowitz’s report on allegations of FISA warrant abuse against the Trump campaign will be released on the 9th of December.
Horowitz’s claim and the subsequent reports were confirmed by The Washington Post last week. However, just a few hours after WP posted the story, the portion describing the involvement of an agent working under Peter Strzok in the manipulation of the evidence was deleted.
When asked for an explanation of the deletion, the WP refused to respond. There was no official retraction notice regarding the deletion, and the WP still refuses to comment.
The paragraph which the Washington Post deleted read as follows, “The person under scrutiny has not been identified, but is not a high-ranking official — they worked beneath former deputy assistant director Peter Strzok, according to people familiar with the investigation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss material that has not yet been made public.”
Last week the DOJ drew attention to a long list of anti-Trump text messages that were sent by Strzok when he was the lead investigator of the Hillary email scandal.
Reports claim Horowitz found that the agent was sufficiently involved in the FISA process to know his claim which was intended to justify spying on the Trump campaign was false. After making that claim, the FBI agent allegedly altered an email in an attempt to explain away the inaccurate version of events that he had claimed took place. The, still unnamed employee” has since been ejected from the FBI.
In the original FISA application seeking surveillance rights against the Trump campaign, it was plainly stated that Carter Page was “an agent of a foreign power.” This is the assertion that anti-Trump Democrats have been trying- with little success- to push for over three years. This is the basis of their claim that Trump colluded with a foreign power.
We have now finally discovered the source of that lie.
Fox News reported last month that “U.S. Attorney John Durham’s ongoing probe into FBI and the Justice Department misconduct has transformed into a full-on criminal investigation. They went on to state that Horowitz’s report will reveal the motivations for Durham’s probe, which has since become a criminal inquiry.”
This is all but total confirmation of what we have been saying all along. In fact, we would claim that the evidence for illegal spying against Trump has always been in plain sight. It was widely reported in the New York Times and other papers before the issue became a scandal that there were intelligence community efforts to “wiretap” Trump. It was only after Trump’s tweet on the subject that they began denying it.