A key document that was reportedly used to obtain fraudulent Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants against former Trump campaign associate Carter Page has been missing for years, according to investigative journalist Sara Carter.
When seeking a FISA warrant, FBI agents must utilize the Woods procedures, which was developed by former FBI special agent Michael J. Woods a few decades ago.
“They were instituted in April 2001 to ‘ensure accuracy with regard to … the facts supporting probable cause’ after recurring instances, presumably inadvertent, in which the FBI had presented inaccurate information to the FISA court,” The Hill notes.
The way it works is that if anything in the FISA application for a warrant looks shady, the application must be returned to the FBI, and additional evidence must be added to a document known as the Woods file.
But according to Carter, the Woods file pertaining to Page went missing ages ago.
BREAKING & #HUGE Carter Page’s FISA Related ‘Woods File’ Docs Disappeared, Was It ‘Malice Or Incompetence’
“…how does the FBI, Special Counsel’s Office and IG figure out if the Wood’s file went missing through malice or through incompetence."https://t.co/DEg9GqysVv
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) September 1, 2020
“The original Woods file on former campaign advisor Carter Page went missing more than two years ago,” she reported Tuesday.
She added that its disappearance is relevant because its drafting, “which was overseen by FBI Supervisory Special Agent Joe Pientka, and ultimately former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok,” formed the justification for the fraudulent warrants used to spy on Page.
Moreover, its disappearance was revealed to Congress only just last week when Pientka reportedly testified at a closed-door Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.
Besides revealing that the original document has been missing for years, Pientka also reportedly dropped the bombshell that former special counsel Robert Mueller’s team had had to “recreate” the document during their Russian collusion delusion probe.
According to an unnamed source who spoke with Carter, all this looks exceptionally bad for all involved parties, not of course including Page.
“The fact that the investigation was run as a ‘special’ out of FBI Headquarters is not unique. However, running an investigation like that out of headquarters causes all sorts of problems including access to control and sensitive items, improper storage and handling of those sensitive items, and the ability for individuals to become involved in things or gain access to information that they should never rightly have,” the source said.
“The real story here is how does the FBI, Special Counsel’s Office and Inspector General figure out if the Wood’s file went missing through malice or though incompetence. Either answer doesn’t reflect well on this investigation.”
Pientka has reportedly been cleared by the DOJ and still maintains employment with the FBI, unlike Strzok and his anti-Trump peers: disgraced former FBI attorney Lisa Page, disgraced former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, etc.
Responding to Carter’s findings, Page expressed disgust.
Another huge story by @SaraCarterDC.
Do the FBI and DOJ have any shame?
Did this happen due to:
(B) Incompetence or
(C) All of the above?
I'm pretty sure that it was (C).https://t.co/1rziMHfVzS
— Carter Page, Ph.D. (@carterwpage) September 2, 2020
“[A]fter years of waiting for basic level of accountability in the U.S. intelligence community and the Democratic party, the crooks continue to roam free in Washington,” he reportedly said.
He added that the “small steps” being taken by the Department of Justice to prevent such abuses from happening again just aren’t enough.
He specifically said that as “we approach the next presidential election, these latest small steps by the DOJ and FBI have not yet sufficiently addressed the criminal acts by ruthlessly partisan political actors in the swamp.”
“The cancerous abuses by the once-respected National Security Division have still not found an effective remedy, following the destruction of so many loyal American citizens.”
Carter’s discovery came on the same day that the DOJ unveiled “key reforms that will empower the FBI to build a more robust internal compliance program and that will ensure, among other things, the accuracy of FISA applications, as well as the active oversight of applications targeting federal elected officials, candidates for federal elected office, and their staffs.”
“In consultation with FBI Director [Christopher] Wray, I issued two memoranda — one that authorizes the establishment of an FBI Office of Internal Auditing and directs the FBI to undertake aggressive compliance measures, and the other that establishes protocols to ensure the accuracy of FISA applications and the effective oversight of any surveillance applications targeting elected officials and political campaigns,” Attorney General Bill Barr said in a statement.
#FISA 2 memos from AG Barr in direct response to findings that FBI warrant applications to surveil @carterwpage were defective. Key section: Memo 2 applies to surveillance political campaigns + FBI personnel who “knowingly misrepresent facts” to FISA Court https://t.co/CZNmMxW0Cn
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) September 1, 2020
While this is admittedly more than just a “small step,” what Carter most likely seeks is the indictment and arrest of every Obama-era administration official who turned his life upside down in a quest to take down President Donald Trump.
One such official, disgraced FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, pleaded guilty last month. That was indeed a small step, but according to former U.S. attorney Andy McCarthy, it’s most likely just the “beginning” of what’s to come.
Author: Vivek Saxena