Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham of South Carolina slammed the discredited Steele dossier Wednesday during the committee’s hearing on the long-anticipated Department of Justice inspector general’s report on FISA warrants used to investigate the 2016 Trump campaign.
“It is stunning. It is damning. It is salacious. And it is a bunch of crap,” Graham declared.
Graham’s incriminating characterization of the DNC-funded dossier that fueled the grand Russian conspiracy theory came as the DOJ inspector general, Michael Horowitz, sat before for the Senate Judiciary committee on the findings of Monday’s report that uncovered glaring omissions in the FBI’s pursuit of Trump campaign surveillance.
While the report concludes that there was no political bias that led to the FBI’s aggressive pursuit of its “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation, the report’s own conclusions fail to support that claim and reveal gross civil rights abuses from one of the world’s premier law enforcement agencies.
Horowitz admitted before lawmakers that sources used for the debunked DNC-funded dossier were the entire basis for renewal of surveillance warrants on the Trump campaign. The report itself reveals that the primary sub-source that fed information to the discredited dossier undercut the dossier’s conclusions of Trump campaign collusion.
The IG report confirmed Monday that without the dossier, there would have been no warrant to permit the FBI to spy on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. The report also further exposed the Russian conspiracy theory as a deep state effort to oust Trump by illustrating the FBI knew the dossier was junk intelligence as early as January 2017, and yet law enforcement officials still used it as the basis for FISA renewals.