Had Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act judges been told specifically who had financed an anti-Trump dossier used in a warrant allowing the FBI to spy on former campaign aide Carter Page, the request would have been refused, Rep. Jim Himes said Thursday.
“I’ve spent a lot of time around the FISA process,” the Connecticut Democrat told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”
“If a FISA judge got an application that said Hillary Clinton and named United States organizations, he would have said this is a violation of our procedures where we mask the names of individuals, U.S. persons and U.S. organizations. He would have reprimanded the FBI for actually using the names of Americans in a FISA application.”
In a Republican memo from the House Intelligence Committee, one of the claims made was that the FISA court should have been informed that the dossier was funded, in part, by Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Himes, though, attempted to say the Steele dossier had been funded in part initially by The Washington Free Beacon, which show host Brian Kilmeade quickly corrected, telling him the publication had paid Fusion GPS, the company behind the dossier, to research two Republican candidates.
The lawmaker would not refute that answer, but instead said the real question is whether there was bias.
The FISA judges are Republicans, said Himes, and were not “hoodwinked” by the FBI.
“You see the quote in the Democratic memo,” he said. “The language was to the judge. Remember, in these things, they don’t name American names, they don’t unmask, this is individual who was looking for dirt, not their word but was paid, paid to find material that was adverse to Mr. Trump.”