What's in the Trump Declassified FBI Critical Note on the Russian Investigation

The confidential three-and-a-half-page note drafted by Congressional Republicans and declassified by Donald Trump states "to raise concerns about the legitimacy and legality of certain actions" initiated by FBI and the US Department of Justice

These two institutions are accused of abusing the mandate of a judge to spy on the conversations of a former diplomatic adviser of the United States. Donald Trump campaign team, Carter Page.

Adopted 40 years ago, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requires investigators from the Department of Justice to present evidence to a federal magistrate – – for example, to suspect that an individual is working illegally for a foreign power – in order to have the right to put that person on listening.

– What affirms the note

– For to obtain the valuable judicial warrant, the ministry and the FBI relied on information collected by Christopher Steele, a former British spy. He was on a mission, funded by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's campaign team, which was clearly anti-Trump biased.

– Request for a Hearing Order Submitted The judge was signed by four senior officials who deliberately failed to spell out Christopher Steele's political motives: the then FBI director James Comey, his former deputy Andrew McCabe, the former deputy head of the ministry, Sally Yates, and current number two Rod Rosenstein

– The "file" compiled by Christopher Steele was an "essential part" of the federal court's request for a hearing warrant.

– Mr. Steele was also a source of the FBI, yet his reliability was more than doubtful: he lied to the Federal Police about his contacts and confided to the media in violation of confidentiality rules in the intelligence world.

-What fails to say note

– Carter Page has been the subject of suspicion by the FBI since 2013, well before Christopher Steele's investigation mission

– Steele's case was not the trigger for the opening of the first confidential investigation of the FBI on a possible collusion between Moscow and Donald Trump's campaign team. It was opened in July 2016, when US intelligence found intensive communications between Russians and relatives of the Republican candidate, including Councilor George Papadopoulos.

– Using a Judge's Information from an entity with hidden prejudices or intentions (such as Mr. Steele) is not uncommon: the magistrate then estimates the weight to be given to this information.

(With AFP)