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FBI Lawyer Reportedly Altered Document Related to 2016 Surveillance Against Trump

It's but the first of an expected and steady stream of leaks between now and the release of the inspector general's report

CNN reported on Friday morning, and The Washington Post largely confirmed, that the report from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz on FBI and DOJ surveillance abuses contains a charge that an FBI lawyer allegedly tampered with a document in the bureau’s investigation of a former Trump campaign adviser, according to multiple reports.

The tampering by the FBI attorney apparently changed the gist of the entire document.

And the FBI official who supposedly did the tampering? He’s been fired from the bureau, reports say.

Amusingly, there must have been a call from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on this.

The Post removed the part of its own story on the development, as Fox News reported, that noted the lawyer who allegedly changed the document worked for disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok.

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It was gone mere hours after the publication posted it.

The Post’s removed paragraph reads, “The person under scrutiny has not been identified but is not a high-ranking official — they worked beneath former deputy assistant director Peter Strzok, according to people familiar with the investigation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss material that has not yet been made public.”

The entire report from Horowitz is expected to be released on December 9.

The document in question is a FISA warrant to investigate Trump 2016 presidential campaign aide Carter Page.

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A FISA warrant is permission granted by a special federal court to run a surveillance effort on an American citizen.

Page has never been charged with any offense — much less of being a foreign agent, as the FBI falsely asserted.

“I never did anything wrong,” Page told Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business in an interview on Friday morning.

Page is now suing many of the players involved in his defamation, including the DNC.

The contrived evidence the FBI used, but did not disclose to the FISA court, was contained in the infamous and anti-Trump Steele Dossier.

The FBI knew this collection of rumors and DNC talking points had been bought and paid for by the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign for president.

But the bureau conducted the investigation regardless of the tainted source of evidence.

The scandal that ensued and the false data have been the basis for criminal charges that are being considered by U.S. Attorney John Durham and his probe into improper actions by the FBI and the Department of Justice during the 2016 election cycle.

This is but the first of an expected steady stream of leaks between now and the release of the full Horowitz report in early December.

Both sides of the debate will spin stories on this disclosed information.

Dems will seek to play it down.

They’ll claim it has no credibility because it stems from the Trump administration.

The GOP will counter, though, that Democratic spin on this is yet another attempt to obfuscate the issue — and divert attention from their own corruption.

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David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence; he served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. After that, he worked as a political consultant and ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette, and also writes for American Greatness.

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