Like corrupt FBI officials, like corrupt House Democrat.
In a PBS interview late last week, House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff shamelessly smeared former Trump campaign operative, Carter Page.
And in doing so, he behaved no differently than the corrupt FBI officials who used fraudulent information about Page to obtain a FISA warrant on him back in 2016.
Worst of all, Schiff admitted that he has no sympathy all for Trump’s campaign official, despite all he’s had to endure because of the FBI’s proven malfeasance and corruption.
.@RepAdamSchiff is unsympathetic to Carter Page, telling @FiringLineShow that Page “denied things that we knew were true” in testimony, admitted to being an advisor to the Kremlin & “was apparently both targeted by the KGB, but also talking to the United States and its agencies.” pic.twitter.com/GkjdGQZWLV
— Firing Line with Margaret Hoover (@FiringLineShow) December 20, 2019
The clip above began with “Firing Line” host Margaret Hoover pointing out the frustration Page feels over what happened to him.
“Carter Page says that the FBI spying into his life ‘ruined his good name.’ That’s a quote. He also says that he will ‘never completely have his name restored.’ Do you feel any sympathy for Carter Page?” she said to Schiff.
The House Intelligence Committee chair, a man who tells more lies than a used car salesman, effusively replied in the negative.
“I have to say, you know, Carter Page came before our committee, and for hours of testimony denied things that we knew were true — [but] later had to admit to them during his testimony,” he claimed.
According to reporter Chuck Ross of The Daily Caller, that’s a lie:
a.) Carter Page wasn’t untruthful to House Intel. Mueller might have had something to say about it if he had been.
b.) The reason Page was interviewed by House Intel in the first place was because of Chris Steele’s dossier smears.
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) December 21, 2019
“It’s hard to be sympathetic to someone who isn’t honest with you when he comes and testifies under oath. It’s also hard to be sympathetic when you have someone who has admitted to being an adviser to the Kremlin,” Schiff added.
And that’s a lie by omission. The implication was that Page was some Russian-paid stooge/traitor. Unlike the “journalists” at other media outlets, who accept and repeat Democrat talking points to a T, Hoover didn’t let the smear slide.
“But then was also informing the CIA, which we didn’t know about,” she responded.
It just so happens that Schiff isn’t the only corrupt individual who’s chosen to conveniently ignore this otherwise indisputable fact. When corrupt officials within the FBI sought a FISA warrant against Page in 2016, they also ignored it.
“The FBI failed to inform surveillance court judges that Carter Page was an ‘operational contact’ for the CIA for years, and that an employee at the spy agency gave the former Trump aide a ‘positive assessment,'” The National Interest reported after the release of Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report in early December.
“The finding is included in a list of seven of the FBI’s ‘significant inaccuracies and omissions’ in applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Page. … The report said the FBI ‘omitted’ information it obtained from another U.S. government agency about its prior relationship with Page. The agency approved Page as an ‘operational contact’ from 2008 to 2013.”
More information can be found on page 366 of the official report:
In other words, the FBI omitted certain information about Page — and in doing so, it effectively smeared him, which is pretty much exactly what Schiff did on PBS.
Like corrupt FBI officials, like corrupt House Democrat …
“Yes, yes,” Schiff conceded in response to Hoover’s fact-check.
Some might argue he should have added “I’m a shameless liar” to finish the sentence.
As for Page, he responded to the Democrat lawmaker’s smear by blasting him in a tweet for being so “untrustworthy and dangerous.”
There have been various allegations of dishonesty regarding FBI lawyer Clinesmith. On information, belief and firsthand experience since 2017, I have actually found @RepAdamSchiff to be even more untrustworthy and dangerous with his misuse of @DNC lies:https://t.co/kMkRYFceGs
— Carter Page, Ph.D. (@carterwpage) December 21, 2019
Not to mention unsympathetic, given as Page was unfairly targeted and smeared by FBI officials based on virtually nothing substantive unless you count the Steele dossier as substantive …
Incidentally, Schiff did, ergo why he released a memo in February of 2018 defending the FBI’s decision to use the debunked Steele dossier as the primary basis for pursuing warrants against Page.
“In the memo, Schiff, a California Democrat, downplayed the FBI’s use of information from former British spy Christopher Steele in applications for surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page,” The Daily Caller notes.
“Schiff, who now chairs the House Intelligence Committee, also asserted that the FBI did not omit any key details about Steele from the warrant applications and that investigators went to great lengths to verify the dossier.”
In other words, Schiff defended the FBI’s smearing of Carter. Unknowingly, admittedly, since the full facts weren’t known at the time, but given Horowitz’s findings — which the House Intelligence chair has had several weeks to digest — you’d think he’d now be willing to display at least a shred of sympathy. Though in reality, what he ought to be displaying is REMORSE.
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