Special Agent Jonathan Moffa told Congress that the FBI has leaked information to the press with the intention of using those news stories to obtain FISA warrants against American citizens. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) set off a firestorm after alluding to this testimony in a tweet the other day. The FBI has since denied the allegations but if true, it would be a major example of corruption within the embattled law enforcement agency.
On Monday, Mark Meadows tweeted that Congress had “learned NEW information suggesting our suspicions are true: FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the press, and then used those same press stories as a separate source to justify FISA’s. Unreal.”
We've learned NEW information suggesting our suspicions are true: FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the press, and then used those same press stories as a separate source to justify FISA's
Unreal. Tomorrow's Bruce Ohr interview is even more critical. Did he ever do this?
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) August 28, 2018
The Daily Caller has more:
“The source said that Moffa “more or less admitted that the FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the press and then used stories from the press as justifications for FISA warrants.”
“Moffa’s claim, if accurate, would have been a major development in House Republicans’ investigation into possible FBI abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Republicans have accused the FBI of misleading FISA judges by relying heavily on the unverified Steele dossier to obtain spy warrants against former Trump campaign chairman Carter Page.
“But an FBI official disputed the claims about Moffa’s testimony, and TheDCNF’s source is acknowledging that he did not explicitly say that the FBI has leaked information to the press that is later used to obtain FISAs.
“The initial claims about Moffa’s testimony are ‘just not true,’ the FBI official told TheDCNF.
“Meadows clarified his comments in a statement to TheDCNF.
“’Jonathan Moffa made it clear to the committee the FBI routinely uses media reports to corroborate analytic work product,’ he said.
“’We have emails and texts plainly showing the FBI leaks to the media, raising major red flags. If FBI executives want the American people to believe they haven’t used leaks to their advantage, they are not being honest.’”
But what else would the FBI say? Of course they would not admit to leaking to the press in order to get surveillance warrants against the press. This matter is far from settled on either end. But if it’s proven true, it will be another black eye for the FBI.