CNN National Security Analyst Reveals He’s Clueless About IG Report

CNN National Security Analyst Reveals He’s Clueless About IG Report

Steven Hall, a CNN national security analyst and former CIA chief of Russian operations, evidently still hasn’t read the damming report that the Department of Justice inspector general released last week. It documents myriad instances in which the primary source for federal agency applications to secretly surveil a U.S. citizen volunteering for the Trump campaign, called the “Steele dossier,” was false, poorly sourced hearsay, and otherwise unreliable.

On Saturday, however, Hall questioned which parts of the famously debunked Steele dossier were false.

The DOJ inspector general’s earthshattering report however, confirms that the dossier was junk intelligence, the sources for which were relied on for the FBI’s FISA applications to spy on the Trump campaign.

The report reveals that FBI officials even knew as early as January 2017 that the Democrat-funded Steele dossier at the heart of the great Russian collusion hoax was false information. Regardless, the FBI still pushed forward with operation “Crossfire Hurricane,” a deep-state campaign to uncover made-up collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government using the dossier as its basis for warrants to spy on American citizens.

Since the unverified and now completely discredited dossier’s public debut, Democrats aided by a complicit media touted its findings as fact to peddle the Russian collusion conspiracy theory aimed at reversing the results of the 2016 election. Democratic Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff of California, even read the entire dossier into the congressional record.

The dossier, authored by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, ultimately led to a two-year investigation by a congressionally appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller with unlimited resources to determine whether there was any Russian collusion. Mueller concluded his investigation and issued his findings earlier this year vindicating President Donald Trump.

Last week’s report from the Justice Department’s inspector general could not document egregious political bias motivating the renewal of FISA applications for Obama administration’s FBI to continue surveilling the Trump campaign. The report’s own findings however, fail to support its primary conclusion, and detail glaring omissions made by the FBI in its aggressive pursuit of civil rights abuses.

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz told lawmakers during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that his report did not vindicate anyone associated with Crossfire Hurricane, including former FBI Director James Comey.

Tristan Justice is a staff writer at The Federalist focusing on the 2020 presidential campaigns. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at [email protected]
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