Kirsters Baish| Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Devin Nunes, made the claim this past Sunday that the people of America will be “shocked” when they see the redacted parts of the FBI’s applications for FISA warrants against former campaign adviser to Donald Trump, Carter Page.
Nunes explained during an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo this week, “We are quite confident that once the American people see these 20 pages, at least for those that will get real reporting on this issue, they will be shocked by what’s in that FISA application.”
These comments leave us all wondering what information is buried in the more than 20 pages of the final application submitted by the FBI for a FISA warrant against Carter Page. Parts of the FISA applications were released by the Justice Department on July 20th after a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit was filed.
Most of the information is still redacted because it is classified information.
Western Journal Politics reports:
Nunes and his fellow Republicans on the Intelligence Committee asked President Donald Trump in a June 14 letter to declassify 21 pages from the final FISA application, which was signed by deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
The unredacted portions of the applications confirmed much of what has already been made public through two memos released earlier this year by Republicans and Democrats on the House Intelligence panel.
The applications show that the FBI relied heavily on the unverified Steele dossier to make the case that Page was acting as a foreign agent of Russia during the presidential campaign.
Carter Page has repeatedly denied all allegations against him. After the FISA applications were released, the debate about whether or not the FBI had strayed from the FISA process, and in doing so, abused it. The FBI relied on a false dossier to get the warrants in the first place.
The Democrats have claimed that the FISA applications prove that the FBI gave ample evidence to prove to FISA Court judges that they did have probable cause in thinking that Carter Page was “acting as a covert agent of Russia.” Democrats also claimed that the unreleased redactions contain information that could likely be used as evidence against the former Trump campaign adviser. They claim that there is also evidence that would bolster the infamous dossier.
Nunes has been clear where he stands. He is a Trump supporter, and he has explained that this is not necessarily the truth.
“What’s left that’s redacted, the American people really do need to know what’s underneath there,” Nunes stated.
On Sunday, Nunes insisted that “the Left and the media” are hoping that the redacted portions will not be released to the public.
“They don’t want that unredacted. They don’t want transparency for the American people,” he explained.
Nunes explained that he think that Donald Trump’s attorneys are looking over the June 14 letter in order to figure out if the 20 or so pages of redacted information can be released to the public.
Stay tuned, things are just heating up.