Lindsey Graham to Carter Page: "Sue the Hell Out of the FBI"
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On Wednesday during a Senate Judiciary Committee, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham unleashed on the FBI, saying that he hopes Carter Page "sues the hell" out of them for using the phony Steele dossier to spy on him.
“I hope Carter Page gets a lawyer and sues the hell out of the Department of Justice and the FBI,” Graham said.
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Check out what the Daily Caller reported:
The FBI relied heavily on information from former British spy Christopher Steele to assert that there was probable cause to believe that Page was a Russian agent. Steele, a former British spy who worked for the DNC and Clinton campaign in 2016, alleged that Page was part of a “well-developed conspiracy of cooperation” involving the Trump campaign and Russia.
But the inspector general’s office found evidence that raised questions about both Steele’s credibility and the reliability of the ex-spy’s dossier sources.
Graham highlighted those aspects of the report and questioned why the FBI did not re-evaluate its investigation of Page after receiving information that undercut the dossier.
During a press conference on Monday evening, Graham shredded the FBI while reacting to the recently released FISA report which detailed the beginning of the Russian collusion investigation. Graham went as far to claim that the FBI's actions for starting the investigation into President Trump was a "criminal enterprise."
“The first thing I’d like to address is that you have a statement by Mr. Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut who’s looking at potential criminal liability regarding this matter; the Attorney General, Barr, and Mr. Horowitz. You have three different views; well, I guess two of the views are that there was no lawful predicate to begin the investigation. I think Mr. Durham says he had more information than Mr. Horowitz; but that’s not my concern right now," Graham said.
He added, “Three lawyers can reasonably disagree and I trust Mr. Horowitz to give an honest view. Let’s assume for a moment there was a lawful predicate; the bar is really low to open up a counterintelligence investigation, and reasonable articulation is a pretty low standard in the law; the point that I want to make is let’s assume for a moment it started out okay — it sure as hell didn’t end okay.”
Graham then went on to hammer the media for ignoring the key facts in the report.
"What I see in this report, and nobody’s reported yet — I hope some of you will look — is that while there may be reasonable differences about whether there was a lawful predicate," Graham said. "I believe there will be no debate among reasonable-minded people, particularly lawyers, about how the system not only got off the rails but in my view became a criminal enterprise to defraud the FISA court, to deny American citizen Carter Page’s constitutional rights and to continue an operation against President Trump as president of the United States. I think it was fundamentally flawed and unlawful."
He continued by comparing fired FBI Director James Comey to former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover who "made stuff up" and "misled people."
"These are statements that I don’t make lightly, and these are statements based on the findings of the report," he added. "Unfortunately, at the Department of Justice and the FBI there was a period of time when they went back to the good old days of J. Edgar Hoover, where they made stuff up; they misled people."
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