The FBI and Department of Justice’s pivotal role during the 2016 race for the White House continued to emerge in recent weeks, with the agency’s use of ‘302 forms’ taking center stage regarding Hillary Clinton’s email probe, FISA applications, Russian interference, and more.
The document -an FD-302- is an official “report” or “summary” of a spoken interview conducted by an FBI agent and an outside individual; as current guidelines prevent the agency from recording interviews with electronic devices.
The “interview memo” typically contains the date of the interview, the location, and a summary of the witness’s statement.
Critics of the form claim the document acts a “perjury trap” where the subject of the 302 could potentially expose themselves to making “false statements” while speaking with a Grand Jury months after the initial interview.
The FBI’s use of the form made national headlines months ago when it was revealed the 302 document regarding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was created nearly seven months after Flynn’s interview in January 2017.
“In his fateful interview at the White House with since-fired anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok and another FBI agent, Flynn ‘clearly saw the FBI agents as allies,’ according to the 302, which was dated Aug. 22, 2017 — nearly seven months after the actual interview,” reports Fox News.
BOMBSHELL: Secret TEXTS Show FBI, DOJ May Have RUSHED Anti-Trump FISA Warrant
An explosive new report from Sara Carter shows the FBI and the Department of Justice may have inappropriately coordinated with senior Obama officials in securing a FISA warrant against top Trump officials ahead of the 2016 race for the White House.
Newly discovered texts between anti-Trump officials inside the DOJ show a high-level of cooperation in obtaining a FISA warrant against former Trump associate Carter Page.
“Text messages obtained by investigators reveal that FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok and his colleague Lisa Page were discussing the FBI’s difficulty in obtaining the warrant to spy on Carter Page, who worked for a short stint with the Trump campaign. The FBI obtained its first warrant to spy on Page on Oct. 19, 2016, and there would be three subsequent renewals every 90 days for the warrant on Mr. Page,” writes Carter.
“The communications, which were first released last week and obtained by congressional investigators, occurred roughly one month before the Page warrant was obtained. The communications suggested that there was possible coordination by Obama White House officials, the CIA and the FBI into the investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign,” she adds.
Read the full report here.
FBI BOMBSHELL: Agent Says FBI LEAKED STORIES to Press, then Used to Obtain FISA Warrants
A senior FBI agent told Congressional leaders last week that the agency routinely leaked information to the press then used the corresponding stories to help obtain FISA warrants, reports Fox News.
Special Agent Jonathan Moffa made the startling admission while testifying before the House Judiciary Committee last week, telling lawmakers the FBI would use “media reports based on information they leaked” to “justify applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants.”
“The source told Fox News that Moffa did not specifically confirm the practice of using leaked information to bolster warrant applications was employed with regard to the dossier,” writes Fox News. “But, when pressed by the committees on whether this was common practice at the FBI, Moffa acknowledged the FBI had at least engaged in this activity in other cases.”
“We know that some people at the Department of Justice and the FBI actually gave information to the media, then the stories were reported. Then they used those reports to justify further investigations,” said House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows.
Read the full story at Fox News.