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December 12, 2019

"Case Agent 1" Was a Major Driver of Fraud and Abuse in Crossfire Hurricane, "Primarily Responsible" for "Most Significant" Abuses, and Yet, Of Course, Remains an FBI Employee

Chuck Ross dryly notes that it's unclear why Case Agent 1 "committed so many errors."

Errors, yeah.


The Justice Department inspector general's report on FBI surveillance of the Trump campaign offers a damning assessment of the bureau's handling of the Steele dossier, and its investigation of Carter Page.

Among those deemed "primarily responsible" for the "most significant" errors in the investigation is "Case Agent 1."

The agent, who still works for the FBI, played a key role in several aspects of Crossfire Hurricane, including handling an FBI informant, interviewing a source for the dossier, and applying for warrants to spy on Page.

"Case Agent 1" wore many hats during the Trump-Russia investigation.

The veteran FBI counterintelligence investigator was a handler for Stefan Halper, a Cambridge academic who met covertly with three Trump campaign advisers 2016. Case Agent 1 opened the case file, known as an Electronic Communication, on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in August 2016. He was also the main driver at the FBI for surveillance warrants on Page, and he was put in charge of verifying each strand of evidence included in the documents. He interviewed Page, a former Naval officer, five times in March 2017, and also met in January 2017 with Christopher Steeleís main source for information in the infamous Trump dossier.

Case Agent 1 is also one of the main villains in the Justice Department inspector generalís (IG) report on the FBIís handling of the Trump-Russia probe, known as Crossfire Hurricane.

"Case Agent 1 was primarily responsible for some of the most significant errors and omissions in the FISA applications," Michael Horowitz, the inspector general, said in a scathing report laying out a series of missteps in the FBI's handling of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications against Page.

Case Agent 1's misdeeds are scattered throughout the inspector generalís (IG) 476-page report. Thatís in part because the agent, who is not identified by name, was involved in several aspects of Crossfire Hurricane: opening the case file on Carter Page, handling Halper, filing FISA paperwork, and conducting interviews with investigative targets and witnesses.


The agent, who was one of the first FBI agents to join Crossfire Hurricane after it opened on July 31, 2016,

Of course -- they had their list of Ringers and of course they were the first brought in.

... also withheld information that raised questions about the credibility and reliability of Steele and the veracity of his dossier, which alleged a "well-developed conspiracy of cooperation" between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

Case Agent 1's roles converged in mid-August 2016, two weeks after the FBI opened Crossfire Hurricane.

The IG report says that on Aug. 11, 2016, the agent met with Halper, whom he had handled as an informant since 2011. On Aug. 15, 2016, the agent raised the idea with others at the FBI of applying for a FISA order on Page. He wrote in an email cited in the IG report that there was a "pretty solid basis" to believe that Page was working as an agent of Russia. The suspicion was based on Pageís past business dealings in Russia, a that Page made to Moscow in early July 2016, and his known interactions years earlier with a Russian intelligence officer. FBI lawyers rejected the request to apply for a FISA, saying that there was not probable to believe Page was a Russian agent.

The FBI assessment changed on Sept. 19, 2016, when six memos from Steele found their way to the bureauís Crossfire Hurricane team. The IG report says that the dossier played a "central and essential" role in resurrecting the FBI push to wiretap Page.


Horowitz found the Woods File for the Page FISA applications riddled with errors and omissions.

It is unclear why Case Agent 1 committed so many errors. Horowitz said that IG investigators found no specific evidence that the agent's "pattern of errors" were intentional. But "we also did not find his explanations for so many significant and repeated failures to be satisfactory," the report said.

Horowitz told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that he believes the agent still works at the FBI.


Perhaps the most egregious omission that Horowitz attributes to Case Agent 1 involves information that one of Steeleís main dossier sources provided agents during interviews in January 2017, shortly after BuzzFeed News published the dossier.

According to the IG report, the FBI tracked down and interviewed the source, who is identified in the report only as "Primary Sub-Source." Case Agent 1 interviewed the individual along with other FBI agents and Justice Department attorneys.

The sourceís statements dealt a significant blow to the dossierís credibility, but were never divulged to FISA Court judges.

"Primary Sub-Source" told FBI agents that Steele's dossier misrepresented and embellished information they provided the former spy about Donald Trump and Carter Page.

The source said that the dossierís most salacious claim -- that the Kremlin had blackmail video of Donald Trump at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow in 2013 -- was based on "rumor and speculation." Though Steele's dossier said that a source had verified the Trump story with Ritz-Carlton staff, the source told the FBI that they had not confirmed the allegation.

The source also showed the FBI text messages which undercut one of the dossierís most serious allegations against Page: that he discussed a bribe with Igor Sechin, the president of Russian oil giant Rosneft and a Kremlin insider, during a meeting in Moscow in July 2016.

Unmask him. Unmask him.

Why are dirty cops framing innocent American citizens permitted anonymity?

Unmask him, fire him, and let the vultures take him.

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