Nunes: FISA Memo Just “Phase One,” Now Targeting State Department In “Phase Two”

Devin Nunes (R-CA) said that the investigation leading up to the four-page FISA memo released on Friday was only “phase one,” and that the House Intelligence Committee is currently in the middle of investigating the State Department over their involvement in surveillance abuses. 

“We are in the middle of what I call phase two of our investigation, which involves other departments, specifically the State Department and some of the involvement that they had in this,” said Nunes. 

“That investigation is ongoing and we continue work towards finding answers and asking the right questions to try to get to the bottom of what exactly the State Department was up to in terms of this Russia investigation.”

#BREAKING: Devin Nunes says this is just the first memo to be released. He says there will be another one dealing specifically with the State Department’s role in everything that happened. 

While it is unclear what role the State Department may have in surveillance abuses, the Washington Examiner’s Byron York noted last month that former MI6 spy, Christopher Steele, was “well-connected with the Obama State Department,” according to the book Collusion: Secret meetings, dirty money, and how Russia helped Donald Trump win” written by The Guardian correspondent Luke Harding and published last November.

Glenn Simpson, Christopher Steele

Harding notes that Steele’s work during the World Cup soccer corruption investigation earned the trust of both the FBI and the State Department: 

The [soccer] episode burnished Steele’s reputation inside the U.S. intelligence community and the FBI. Here was a pro, a well-connected Brit, who understood Russian espionage and its subterranean tricks. Steele was regarded as credible. Between 2014 and 2016, Steele authored more than a hundred reports on Russia and Ukraine. These were written for a private client but shared widely within the State Department and sent up to Secretary of State John Kerry and to Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who was in charge of the U.S. response to the Ukraine crisis. Many of Steele’s secret sources were the same sources who would supply information on Trump. One former State Department envoy during the Obama administration said he read dozens of Steele’s reports on Russia. The envoy said that on Russia, Steele was “as good as the CIA or anyone.” Steele’s professional reputation inside U.S. agencies would prove important the next time he discovered alarming material, and lit the fuse again.

Aside from the infamous 35-page “Trump-Russia” dossier Steele assembled for opposition research firm Fusion GPS (a report which was funded in part by Hillary Clinton and the DNC), Congressional investigators have been looking into whether Steele compiled other reports about Trump – and in particular, whether those other reports made their way to the State Department, according to The Examiner. 

…they are looking into whether those reports made their way to the State Department. They’re also seeking to learn what individual State Department officials did in relation to Steele, and whether there were any contacts between the State Department and the FBI or Justice Department concerning the anti-Trump material.

It will be interesting to see how the State Department – and in particular Secretary of State Rex Tillerson – responds to “phase two.”


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  1. I am waiting, patiently, for someone in the Demorat Socialist Party with their superior intellect to explain why the Russians would want to help elect a US President who advocates rebuilding the US Military and putting America first instead of a corrupt politician who actually did collude with Russian in the sale of US Uranium in exchange for $145 million in kick backs to her money laundering foundation, and in the creation of a fake dossier against Trump. A corrupt political hack the Russians knew they could buy and sell.

  2. I say…Keep it going, let “WE the PEOPLE” see ALL the corrupt “deep state” SCUM sweating as their nefarious “plans” are revealed. The DEMOCOMMUNISTS are already scrambling to get “their version” (LIES) out to the public to (as usual), in a corrupt, sick , “attempt” to SPIN the Narrative and “cover up” the TRUTH that has already been uncovered. I believe it is TOO LATE and the “actors” have got “sunlight” shown on them for ALL to see. “WE the PEOPLE” have a RIGHT to see how many are out to attempt to overthrow the government and should DEMAND that those responsible be PROSECUTED for TREASON, and if a HANGING is the “punishment”, SO BE IT.

    1. The Democrat Party is corrupt to its core. The SPIN is revolting and disturbing, they are masters at it. The democrats are trying very hard to destroy our Republic, and there had better best be some prosecutions handed down before to long. The public wants these criminal crooks nailed!

  3. Agreed on corruption of Dems. Obama and Clinton should not get off Scott free. If Dossier says FBI survailed Page and wiretapped Trump Illegally ok that’s bad. But worse is what did they find with illegal surveillance? If nothing the really unfounded corruption and strong action taken as high as treason. If there was collusion or illegal activity by Trump then that has to be considered but heads have to roll for not following rules. Careers end otherwise life time jail terms

  4. My question is if the surveillance was on Page, why did they need the Dossier in order to obtain the FISA. Not mentioned in the article is the fact that they were denied on their first attempt which was in Sept, I think ! It’s very confusing and also why didn’t Steele come forth with this info when he spoke with Mueller! I still think there is something rotten in the state of DC (Denmark)! Now I understand there may not be any record of the initial applications! Hmmmmmm

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