Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe has told the Day Caller and Fox News that he is about to blow the Mueller fiasco to bits. Ratcliffe, a leading member of the House Judiciary Committee offered the clearest picture yet of what and how the FBI allegedly hid pertinent information from FISA courts before securing permission to surveil the Trump campaign.
Representative Ratcliffe suggested that the Justice Department possessed contradictory information about former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos without revealing that to the court. In an interview Ratcliffe said the FBI opened its investigation on July 31, 2016, after receiving information from the Australian government concerning a conversation that Alexander Downer, the top Australian diplomat to the U.K. had with Papadopoulos on May 10, 2016.
Ratcliffe said, “Hypothetically, if the Department of Justice and the FBI have another piece of evidence that directly refutes that, that directly contradicts that, what you would expect is for the Department of Justice to present both sides of the coin to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to evaluate the weight and sufficiency of that evidence. Instead, what happened here was … officials in the Obama administration … only presented … evidence that made the government’s case to get a warrant to spy on a Trump campaign associate.”
Months before any approved investigation Downer, the former high commissioner to the U.K. asked another Australian diplomat to contact Papadopoulos, for a meeting, which occurred around May 10, 2016, at London’s Kensington Wine Room.
Though the FBI never mentioned it to the courts, Downer passed through channels there was no indication during his brief exchange with Papadopoulos that Trump was aware of the damaging information that might have existed against Hillary Clinton.
Downer reported that the meeting at a local bar was very brief and Papadopoulos was not drunk, as the mainstream media has widely reported. He told The Australian that British intelligence “didn’t know anything about Trump and Russia, and “had no particular focus on that.”
He added, “By the way, nothing [Papadopoulos] said in that conversation indicated Trump himself had been conspiring with the Russians to collect information on Hillary Clinton. [he] clearly knew that the Russians did have material on Hillary Clinton — but whether Trump knew or not? He didn’t say Trump knew or that Trump was in any way involved in this … was about Russians and Hillary Clinton; it wasn’t about Trump.”
Ratcliffe contends that it was the FBI’s misrepresentation of the Downer – Papadopoulos meeting that prompted its operation “Crossfire Hurricane,” its counterintelligence investigation into possible coordination between members of Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin.
According to Ratcliffe, the declassification of FBI and Justice Department documents on the matter “would corroborate” claims about the Papadopoulos intelligence.
Republicans have been relentless in asking President Trump to declassify the documents, which include 21 pages from a June 2016 FISA application against Carter Page.
The FBI was granted a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant for former Trump campaign aide, Carter Page, on Oct. 21, 2016. That warrant relied heavily on the largely now-debunked Steele dossier to assert that Page acted as a foreign agent of Russia.
Page has vehemently denied the allegations.
President Trump initially ordered the documents declassified on Sept. 17 but rescinded that order four days later. Trump’s explanation is that the Justice Department and two foreign allies asked him not to declassify the documents.
Ratcliffe disagreed saying, “Declassifying them would not expose any national security information, would not expose any sources and methods. It would expose certain folks at the Obama Justice Department and FBI and their actions taken to conceal material faces from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.”
Though Trump did not state which foreign countries might be affected negatively by declassifying the documents, the U.K. is at the center of several meetings that are considered key to the Russia probe. An Australian government official probably sparked the FBI’s collusion investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane.
In a BBC radio interview, Downer dodged questions about Papadopoulos saying, “I was the Australian high commissioner … The thing is, I’m just not going to get into these sort of allegations he’s made. I mean, people who have worked with me, and people in Australia who know me, know absolutely my record.”
It isn’t a question “if” the documents will be declassified but “when.” Sooner or later the dots are going to be connected and Mueller’s house of cards will fall.
~ Freedom News Report